Select Hotels and CVBs Earn Coveted Recognition from Smart Meetings

SAUSALITO, Calif., Oct. 22, 2015 — Smart Meetings magazine, the meeting industry’s premier resource for meeting professionals, has announced the winners of its 12th annual Platinum Choice Award. This highly respected award salutes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. A bonus category acknowledges outstanding service by destination marketing companies and CVBs from across North America.

Since there are thousands of qualified properties and associations, Smart Meetings tips its hat to the 192 winning groups in 2015. Winners of the award have demonstrated exemplary standards of excellence ranging from ambience, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space and packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining options, and technical support. Votes are cast by industry pros, the Smart Meetings editorial team and Smart Meetings readers.

“I am proud that this award has become so prestigious, and that our list of winners has become a go-to directory for many planners,” says Marin Bright, founder and CEO of Smart Meetings. “In fact, a property told us that a group was on the fence about booking, but then confirmed after they saw the property had won a Platinum Choice Award—that’s powerful! We have a stellar group of hotel and CVB winners, and I hope you use this roster in 2015—they deserve your business and will make you shine. Let us know what you think of this year’s honorees.”

The new honorees will be celebrated in the December 2015 issue of Smart Meetings magazine and on To view a list of the 2015 winners, visit

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