American Group Travel Awards 2016: All the Highlights and Winners

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The American Group Travel Awards helps to recognize all the effort and dedication North American suppliers put into providing group travelers with outstanding travel experiences

Leading group travel specialist,, announced today the winners and finalists of the 2016 American Group Travel Awards (AGTA).

The event celebrated the finest suppliers in the group travel industry on November 14th at the Diamond Horseshoe Theatre in the Paramount Hotel. Twenty three awards were presented honoring leading organizations offering the highest quality of group travel experiences and outstanding services ranging from hotels and resorts to ground transportation, city destinations, ocean cruise lines, and more.

Dylan Ratigan, former CNBC Television News Journalist, MSNBC Host, and Documentary Film Producer, hosted the evening’s festivities for the third year in a row. AGTA highlights included premiere entertainment by native New Yorker DJ Dalton, captivating acrobatic performances, and a number of lively musical acts during the show's after party.

Attended by more than 300 industry executives, travel organizers, and media publications, the awards show was a successful celebratory night for the group travel industry.

“The American Group Travel Awards helps to recognize all the effort and dedication North American suppliers put into providing group travelers with outstanding travel experiences,” said Tim Hentschel, CEO of HotelPlanner &

Congratulations to the 2016 American Group Travel Award Winners!

Best Shopping Experience
Winner: Las Vegas Premium Outlets
Runner-up: Mall of America - MN

Best Car Rental Company
Winner: Hertz
Runner-up: Enterprise

Best Group Ground Transportation
Winner: SuperShuttle
Runner-up: US Coachways

Best City Destination
Winner: Las Vegas
Runner-up: New York City

Best State
Winner: Washington, D.C.
Runner-up: California

Best Beach Destination
Winner: San Diego, CA
Runner-up: Nassau, Bahamas

Best Airline
Winner: United
Runner-up: American Airlines

Best Ocean Cruise Line
Winner: Princess Cruises
Runner-up: Carnival

Best Live Stage Performance
Winner: The Lion King
Runner-up: Hamilton

Best Theme Park
Winner: Disney World Orlando
Runner-up: Universal Orlando

Best Wedding Hotel
Winner: Waldorf Astoria New York
Runner-up: The Drake Hotel- Chicago

Best Convention Hotel
Winner: Hyatt Regency Chicago
Runner-up: Sheraton Boston Hotel

Best Casino Hotel
Winner: Bellagio Las Vegas
Runner-up: Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Best Golf and Spa Resort
Winner: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
Runner-up: Streamsong Resort • Golf • Spa

Best Sports Team Travel Hotel Brand
Winner: Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Runner-up: Days Inn & Suites    

Best Hotel Brand - Limited Service
Winner: Comfort Inn & Suites
Runner-up: Holiday Inn Express

Best Extended Stay Brand
Winner: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham    
Runner-up: Candlewood Suites

Best Hotel Brand – Boutique
Winner: TRYP by Wyndham    
Runner-up: W Hotels

Best Independent Hotel Brand
Winner: Westgate Resorts    
Runner-up: Ayres Hotels

Best Destination Resort Brand
Winner: Iberostar Hotels & Resorts    
Runner-up: Holiday Inn Club Vacations        

Best Hotel Brand – Luxury
Winner: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Runner-up: JW Marriott

Best Hotel Brand – Full Service
Winner: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Runner-up: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Online Travel Agency
Winner: Expedia    

About HotelPlanner provides group hotel booking services to 3,000 groups per day in the global group travel market. The company’s group hotel booking 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, planning and booking services for group, meeting, and individual hotel stays for the corporate, associations and business to business enterprises. With a mission statement geared towards, “Bringing People Together,” HotelPlanner & are the global experts for hotel sourcing, providing direct clients and market leading affiliates with unmatched group and event discounted room rates plus localized service levels not available at other travel companies. Founded in 2002, the company has offices in London, England (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asian Headquarters), West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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