Distinguished hospitality partners earn coveted Smart Meetings honor

After much voting and decision-making, the 15th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by the Smart Meetings magazine judges. This highly esteemed award salutes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Also recognized is exceptional service by destination marketing companies and CVBs from across North America.

Selecting top tier winners from the thousands of properties that host groups is not an easy task. Recipients of the award have demonstrated exemplary standards of excellence ranging from ambience, amenities and guest services to meeting space and packages, recreational activities, dining options and technical support. Platinum Choice Award recipients were nominated by dedicated industry professionals and received a thoughtful review by the Smart Meetings editorial team who selected the final honorees.

“Over the years, our list of winners has become a crucial resource for many meeting planners,” says Marin Bright, founder and CEO of Smart Meetings. “The Platinum Choice Awards really identify the best of the best in today’s hospitality industry. I hope you use this roster of supplier partners when selecting your meeting destinations for the coming year—they certainly have earned your business.”

The new honorees will be celebrated in the December 2018 issue of Smart Meetings magazine. Those winners are as follows:

Hotels & Venues


Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Aria Resort & Casino
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Reno
Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas
Austin Convention Center
Barceló Maya Grand Resort
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
Boston Harbor Hotel
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Eden Roc Miami Beach
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Fairmont Royal York
Fairmont San Francisco
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Grand Hotel Mackinac Island
Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Hawaii Convention Center
Hershey Lodge
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
Hotel del Coronado
Hotel Pullman San Francisco Bay
Hotel Teatro
Hutton Hotel
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis
Hyatt Regency Orlando
Hyatt Regency St. Louis At The Arch
Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa
Hyatt Ziva Cancun
Innisbrook, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Inn on Biltmore Estate
Jackson Lake Lodge
JW Marriott Austin
JW Marriott Marquis Miami
JW Marriott Nashville
JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
Limelight Hotel Aspen
LondonHouse Chicago
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
MGM National Harbor
Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, a Curio Collection by Hilton
Miraval Arizona
Mohegan Sun
Monarch Beach Resort
Montage Palmetto Bluff
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Nizuc Resort & Spa
Ojai Valley Inn
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate
One&Only Palmilla
Oregon Convention Center
OUE Skyspace LA
Paradisus Los Cabos
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club and Spa
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
PGA National Resort and Spa
Pinehurst Resort
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel
Reunion, A Salamander Resort
Rosen Shingle Creek
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
Salamander Resort & Spa
San Luis Resort Spa and Conference Center
Sea Island
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
South Seas Island Resort
Suncadia Resort
Tanque Verde Ranch
The Breakers Palm Beach
The Broadmoor
The Coeur d’Alene Resort
The Davenport Grand Hotel
The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Grand Vidanta Convention Center at Vidanta Nueva Vallarta
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
The National Conference Center
The Peabody Memphis
The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston
The Resort at Paws Up
The Resort at Pedregal
The Resort at Pelican Hill
The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
The Roosevelt Hotel New York City
The Sea Pines Resort
The St. Regis Mexico City
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa
The Westin Jekyll Island
The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square
Tradewinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach
Tropicana Atlantic City
Trump National Doral Miami
Turnberry Isle Miami
Unico 20°N 87°W Hotel Riviera Maya
Universal Orlando Resort
Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Hotel
ATL Airport District Destination Marketing Organization
Banff & Lake Louise Tourism
Choose Chicago
Destination DC
Discover Newport
Discover The Palm Beaches
Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Explore St. Louis
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau
Long Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Meet AC
Memphis Tourism
Monaco Government Tourist Office
Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
NYC & Company
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tourism Santa Fe
Tourism Vancouver
Travel Portland
Travel Tacoma + Pierce County
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Visit Alexandria
Visit Anaheim
Visit Billings
Visit Charlotte
Visit Denver
Visit Orlando
Visit Seattle