HotelPlanner Announces Categories and Nominees for its Sixth Annual American Group Travel Awards

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2019 Voting is now open and will recognize suppliers delivering the finest group travel services

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, West Palm Beach, FL - HotelPlanner, a leading online provider of group hotel bookings and individual hotel stays worldwide, is pleased to announce the categories and nominees for the 2019 American Group Travel Awards (AGTA), an event recognizing the leading suppliers delivering outstanding services and group travel experiences in North America. Voting in now officially open and will run through mid-October at

The sixth annual awards gala, hosted by documentary film producer and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, will take place on December 2nd for the first time in Miami at Eden Roc Miami Beach. Entertainment and performances will take place throughout the evening, including music by singer/songwriter Cairo Gold and DJ Dalton, along with a Diamond raffle giveaway to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More will be announced soon.

“AGTA is a moment to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those raising the bar in the group travel industry. Now is your chance to make your voice heard by voting for your favorite brands that make the travel industry better, more efficient and more exciting,” said Tim Hentschel, Co-Founder and CEO of

Twenty-one categories will be presented, including nominations for hotels, airlines, cruises, convention centers, travel agencies, media organizations and more. Each category and nominee was selected by a panel of travel and hospitality industry experts who made selections based on quality of services, experiences, and customer satisfaction for group travelers.

The categories and nominees for the 2019 American Group Travel Awards are:

Best Hotel Brand - Full Service:

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts                
Hilton Hotels & Resorts                
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts                
Marriott Hotels & Resorts                
WorldHotels by Best Western                
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts                

Best Hotel Brand - Limited Service:

Red Roof                
La Quinta by Wyndham                
Holiday Inn Express                
Drury Hotels                
Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels                
Cambria Hotels                 
Best Western Hotels & Resorts                

Best Hotel Brand - Luxury:

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts                
Park Hyatt                
Preferred Hotels & Resorts
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts                
The Ritz-Carlton                 
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts                

Best Hotel Brand - Boutique:

Vib by Best Western                
Tryp by Wyndham                
Radisson Red                
Moxy Hotels by Marriott                
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants                
Hotel Indigo, an IHG Hotel                
Arlo Hotels                
Andaz Hotels by Hyatt                

Best Destination Resort Brand:

BlueGreen Vacations                
Grand Hyatt                 
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts                
The Outrigger Hotels & Resorts                
Westgate Resorts                

Best Sports Team Travel Hotel Brand:

Red Roof                
La Quinta by Wyndham                
Holiday Inn Express, an IHG Hotel                
Hampton by Hilton                
Country Inn and Suites by Radisson                
Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels                
Best Western Hotels & Resorts                

Best Casino / Convention Hotel:

Bellagio Las Vegas                
Ceasars Palace Las Vegas                
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas                
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas                
The Westgate in Las Vegas                
Treasure Island Las Vegas                
Wynn Las Vegas                

Best Wedding Hotel Brand:

The Ritz-Carlton                 
The Peninsula Hotels                
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts                
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts                
Auberge Resorts Collection                

Best Hotel Brand - Independent:

Ayres Hotels                
Denihan Hospitality                 
Drury Hotels                
Omni Hotels & Resorts                
Virgin Hotels                
Westgate Resorts                

Best Hotel Brand - Extended Stay Upscale:

Towneplace Suites by Marriott                
Staybridge Suites, an IHG Hotel                
Sonesta ES Suites                
Residence Inn by Marriott                
Homewood Suites by Hilton                

Best Hotel Brand - Extended Stay Economy:

Candlewood Suites, an IHG Hotel                
Extended Stay America                
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham                
MyPlace Hotels                
Sierra Suites                
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel by Choice Hotels                

Best New/Emerging Hotel Brand:

Tru by Hilton                
The Unbound Collection by Hyatt                
Sadie Hotel by Best Western                
Moxy Hotels by Marriott                
enVision Hotels by Choice Hotels                

Best City Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Chicago Convention and Tourism                
Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau                
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority                
Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board                
Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority                
New York City Convention and Visitors Bureau                
Visit Orlando Meetings and Conventions                

Best Group Registraton Company:

SportsEngine, Inc.                
Splash That!                

Best Media Outlet for Meetings / Group Travel:

Business Travel News                
Condé Nast Traveler                
Meetings & Conventions                
Premier Travel Media                
The Group Travel Leader                
Travel + Leisure                

Best Group Tour Operator:

Trafalgar Tour                
AmericanTours International                
Intrepid Travel                

Best Housing Company for Citywide Events & Meetings:

Connections Housing                
Convention Housing Partners                
MCI USA                

Best Online Travel Agency:


Best Hotel Management Company:

Aimbridge Hospitality                
Atrium Hospitality                
Interstate Hotels & Resorts                
Kolter Hospitality                
TMI Hospitality                

Best Cruise Line:

Royal Caribbean International                
Princess Cruises                
Norwegian Cruise Line                
Disney Cruise Line                
Celebrity Cruises                

Best Hotel Brand for Golf:

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts                
Hilton Hotels & Resorts                
Marriott Hotels & Resorts                
Trump Hotels                

About HotelPlanner:

HotelPlanner is the leading provider of online hotel reservations services in the global hotel marketplace, and an established resource for group event planners and hotel partners alike. Today, provides its travel technology expertise to over 5 million customers globally while servicing an estimated $10 billion in hotel sourcing efforts 2019.

The company’s robust technology and automated rate checkers provide customers with the guaranteed lowest available rates from a network of more than 100,000 quality hotel partners worldwide, making it easier and faster to book hotels for business meetings, conferences, weddings, conventions, family reunions, extended stays, tours, military reunions, church events, or any other group travels. With its new eRFP group booking system, “Book-in-Block” and licensing technologies, continues to advance the group booking process online for direct clients, market leading affiliates and hotel partners worldwide. 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.

HotelPlanner provides hotel reservation service to Pro Sports Team clients most notably include, the Washington Redskins, USA Triathlon, Street League Skateboarding. On an international scale, clients include, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, European Professional Golfers (EuroPro), Triple Crown Sports, Matchroom Sport, Super League (Rugby), AFC Wimbledon, Euroleague Basketball, Millwall F.C., Hella Verona F.C., and Swansea F.C.

Customers can visit HotelPlanner online at, or on its mobile app, which provides users with the lowest, real-time hotel rates and availability, detailed hotel information and an easy booking tool right from the palm of their hand. They can also follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and its Everything’s Better Together blog.

Founded in 2002 by CEO Tim Hentschel and CIO John Prince, the company provides 24/7 customer service and has offices in London, England (European Headquarters), Hong Kong (Asian Headquarters), Amsterdam, West Palm Beach, FL (USA Headquarters), and Las Vegas, Nevada.

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