HotelPlanner's American Group Travel Awards Announces 2015 Nominees

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Voting is open to decide the best of the best suppliers in group travel.

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This year’s categories and nominees represent the finest suppliers in the industry today and we are excited to recognize all of their hard work and dedication within group travel, the world's largest online group travel provider, is excited to announce the 2015 American Group Travel Awards (AGTA) dedicated to recognizing the companies that deliver outstanding services and experiences to group travelers. Voting is now open to choose the best of the best suppliers in the group travel industry. To vote for your favorite, please visit and click on the “2015 Vote Now!” link featured on the home page.

The awards gala is being held at the renowned Diamond Horseshoe Theatre at the Paramount Hotel in New York City on November 9th, 2015, to showcase and award the top hospitality providers in North America. The host for the evening’s festivities is Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC television host and documentary film producer. An entertaining night of Broadway show performances and music by New York native DJ Dalton will also be provided.

This year, there are 20 categories in the running which cover airlines, hotels, destinations, cruise lines, and more. Make your voice heard and vote to decide the winners of the 2015 American Group Travel Awards!

“We encourage people to vote on the organizations that provide the highest quality of group travel services in order to determine and recognize the winners of the American Group Travel Awards,” stated Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner. “This year’s categories and nominees represent the finest suppliers in the industry today and we are excited to recognize all of their hard work and dedication within group travel.”

The nominees for the 2015 American Group Travel Awards are:

Best Group Hotel Brand - Full Service

  •     Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  •     Hyatt Hotels
  •     InterContinental Hotels and Resorts
  •     Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
  •     Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
  •     Loews Hotels and Resorts
  •     Omni Hotels and Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand - Limited Service

  •     Comfort Inn and Suites
  •     Best Western
  •     Hampton Inn and Suites
  •     Hyatt Place
  •     Holiday Inn Express
  •     La Quinta Inn and Suites

Best Group Hotel Brand - Luxury

  •     Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts
  •     St. Regis
  •     Park Hyatt
  •     InterContinental Hotels and Resorts
  •     Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  •     Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Best Group Hotel Brand - Boutique

  •     W Hotels
  •     Commune Hotels and Resorts
  •     Tryp by Wyndham
  •     Hotel Indigo
  •     Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants
  •     Cambria Suites by Choice Hotels
  •     Andaz Hotels by Hyatt

Best Leisure Group Hotel Brand

  •     Best Western
  •     Drury Hotels
  •     Comfort Inn and Suites
  •     Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts
  •     Hyatt Place
  •     Hampton Inn and Suites

Best Sports Team Travel Hotel Brand

  •     Best Western
  •     Hampton Inn and Suites
  •     Holiday Inn Express
  •     Quality Inn and Suites
  •     Ramada Worldwide
  •     Days Inn and Suites

Best Group Casino Hotel

  •     Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower
  •     The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
  •     Bellagio Resort and Casino
  •     Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
  •     Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
  •     Treasure Island Hotel and Casino

Best Airline for Group Travel

  •     American Airlines
  •     United Airlines
  •     Delta Air Lines
  •     Southwest Airlines
  •     Jet Blue
  •     Virgin America

Best Cruise Line for Group Travel

  •     Carnival Cruise Lines
  •     Princess Cruises
  •     Royal Caribbean Cruises
  •     Norwegian Cruise Lines
  •     Holland America Line

Best Independent Hotel Brand

  •     Ayres Hotels
  •     Loews Hotels and Resorts
  •     Virgin Hotels
  •     Westgate Resorts
  •     Affinia Hotels
  •     Leading Hotels of the World
  •     Omni Hotels and Resorts

Best Live Stage Performance for Groups

  •     The Phantom of the Opera
  •     Cirque Du Soleil
  •     Jersey Boys
  •     Les Miserables
  •     Kinky Boots
  •     Lion King
  •     Mama Mia

Best Theme Park for Groups

  •     Disney World Orlando
  •     Disneyland California
  •     Universal Studios Orlando
  •     Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  •     Cedar Point Sandusky Ohio
  •     Magic Mountain- California
  •     Knott’s Berry Farm

Best City Destination for Groups

  •     New York City
  •     Los Angeles
  •     Washington, DC
  •     Chicago
  •     Las Vegas
  •     Orlando

Best Beach Destination for Groups

  •     Oahu, Hawaii
  •     Miami Beach, FL
  •     San Diego, CA
  •     Nassau, Bahamas
  •     Cancun, Mexico
  •     Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  •     Clearwater Beach, FL

Best State for Group Travel

  •     New York
  •     Florida
  •     California
  •     Texas
  •     Louisiana
  •     Nevada

Best Online Travel Agency (OTA) for Group Travel

  •     Expedia
  •     Priceline
  •     Orbitz
  •     Travelocity
  •     Hotwire
  •     Getaroom

Best Group Shopping

  •     Mall of America - Minneapolis
  •     Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood
  •     Orlando Premium Outlets
  •     Woodbury Common Premium Outlets- NY
  •     King of Prussia Mall- PA
  •     Sawgrass Mills – Florida

Best Group Ground Transportation

  •     Super Shuttle
  •     Bus Bank
  •     Trailways
  •     MegaBus
  •     Gray Line Tours

Best Golf and Spa Resort for Groups

  •     The Breakers
  •     Pebble Beach Resorts
  •     Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
  •     Streamsong Resort Golf and Spa
  •     Makena Beach and Golf Resort
  •     The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Best Extended Stay Brand

  •     Candlewood Suites
  •     Cambria Suites
  •     Value Place
  •     Staybridge Suites
  •     Hawthorne Suites
  •     Extended Stay America

HotelPlanner congratulate this year’s nominees!

About HotelPlanner provides online services to the global group hotel market. The company’s service ensures the lowest rates by allowing customers to receive quotes online directly from hotel group sales managers. HotelPlanner allows customers to book hotels for business meetings, conferences, conventions, family reunions, weddings, extended stays, tours, military reunions, church events, and group travels. The company also provides mobile applications for booking group hotel reservations. The company owns and operates, a site that provides information and booking services for meeting and banquet venues around the world for corporate and association meeting planners. Founded in 2002, the company has offices in in West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), Las Vegas, Nevada, London, England, (European Headquarters) and Hong Kong (Asia Headquarters).

To find out more information about AGTA, please contact Bruce Rosenberg at (818) 661-0244 or via email at Bruce.Rosenberg(at)americangrouptravelawards(dot)com.

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