Voting Still Open for the 2017 American Group Travel Awards- Deadline Quickly Approaching

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Submit your vote for the best group travel suppliers and organizations by October 15th

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We look forward to honoring top hospitality leaders who actively promote group travel in their field by providing the best services, activities, and all-around experiences.

Group travel fans are urged to submit their vote for the 2017 American Group Travel Awards (AGTA) to help recognize the finest group travel suppliers and organizations in the industry.

There is still time to vote for your favorites at Online voting will officially close on Sunday, October 15th at 12am EST. This year, there are 22 outstanding categories delivering the highest quality of group travel services and experiences. Categories range from hotels, cruise lines and ground transportation to convention centers, airlines and car rentals, among others.

The fourth annual black-tie awards gala, hosted by Dylan Ratigan, former MSNBC television host, TV journalist, and documentary film producer, will be held on Monday, November 13th at the TAO Downtown in New York City. Music for the night will be provided by local native DJ Dalton and performances by award-winning Broadway musicals “Chicago” and “Waitress”. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will serve as the official charity for the evening, raising funds to end childhood cancer.

“We look forward to honoring top hospitality leaders who actively promote group travel in their field by providing the best services, activities, and all-around experiences,” said Tim Hentschel, CEO of, and co-creator of AGTA. “Go online and get involved by voting for your favorites today.”

Sponsorship for the event is being provided by the industry’s top hospitality and travel suppliers including Best Western, Choice Hotels, Highgate Hotels, Wyndham Hotel Group, Expedia,, SuperShuttle, and PNC Bank.

The AGTA winners will be announced on-stage during the awards ceremony. For more information on this year’s 2017 awards, please visit and follow #AGTAwards on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest event updates.

About American Group Travel Awards:

The American Group Travel Awards (AGTA) was created by Tim Hentschel, CEO of, and Peter Stonham, Editorial Director at Landor Travel Publications. Mr. Hentschel and Mr. Stonham organized the AGTA to recognize all the effort and dedication that organizations in the United States put into providing group travelers with exceptional travel experiences.

The concept was introduced into the marketplace by Peter Stonham who, with Group Travel Organiser, have been providing group travelers with information and ideas for group travel trips since 1988. The event in London, called the UK Group Travel Awards, is attended by nearly 500 attendees and awards are provided in 23 categories.

HotelPlanner and Landor Travel Publications also launched the European Group Travel Awards which took place in Berlin, Germany on March 9th, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel Berlin. The European Group Travel Awards recognizes the finest suppliers on the continent that specialize in group travel.

HotelPlanner and Group Travel Organiser believe that the group market will continue to grow. Shared travel experiences with family and friends and by corporations and businesses help build more productive relationships and memories that last a lifetime.

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