Hotelplanner.Com Announces Categories And Nominees For Its Fifth Annual 2018 American Group Travel Awards

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Voting is now open and will recognize suppliers delivering the finest group travel services, a leading online provider of group hotel bookings and individual hotel stays worldwide, is pleased to announce the categories and nominees for the 2018 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 fifth annual awards gala, hosted by documentary film producer and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, will take place on November 12th at TAO Downtown in New York City. Entertainment and performances will take place throughout the evening, including music by New York’s DJ Dalton, a Diamond raffle giveaway, and more to be announced soon.

“Now is your chance to vote for your favorite companies and brands representing the best in group travel,” said Tim Hentschel, Co-Founder and CEO of “AGTA is a moment to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those raising the bar in the industry, and a special evening shared with some of the industry’s most respected executives, travel organizers, and journalists.”

Twenty-four categories will be presented, including nominations for hotels, airlines, cruises, convention centers, travel agencies, media organizations and more. This year, will announce three new categories, including Best Group Tour Operator, Best Group Registration Company, and Best Housing Company for Citywide Meetings and Events. 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 2018 American Group Travel Awards are:

Best Hotel Brand – Full Service    

  •     AccorHotels Group
  •     Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  •     Hyatt Hotels
  •     InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  •     Marriott Hotels & Resorts
  •     Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Best Destination Resort Brand

  •     Gaylord Hotels
  •     Grand Hyatt Hotels
  •     Hard Rock Hotels
  •     Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
  •     Outrigger Hotels and Resorts
  •     Sandals Resorts International
  •     Westgate Resorts

Best Hotel Brand – Luxury

  •     Conrad Hotels
  •     Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  •     InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
  •     Park Hyatt
  •     St. Regis Hotels
  •     The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
  •     Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Best Independent Hotel Brand

  •     Ayres Hotels
  •     Denihan Hospitality Group
  •     Omni Hotels & Resorts
  •     Sonesta Hotels and Resorts
  •     Trump Hotels
  •     Virgin Hotels
  •     Westgate Resorts

Best New/Emerging Hotel Brand

  •     Arlo Hotels
  •     EnVision Hotels by Choice Hotels
  •     GLō Hotels by Best Western
  •     Hyatt Centric
  •     Moxy Hotels by Marriott
  •     Tru by Hilton

Best Hotel Brand – Boutique

  •     AC Hotels
  •     Andaz Hotels by Hyatt
  •     Hotel Indigo
  •     Joie de Vivre
  •     Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
  •     The Redbury Hotels
  •     Vib by Best Western

Best Extended Stay Brand

  •     Crossland Economy Studios
  •     Extended Stay America
  •     Homewood Suites by Hilton
  •     Residence Inn by Marriott
  •     Staybridge Suites
  •     Suburban Extended Stay Hotel by Choice Hotels
  •     WoodSpring Suites

Best Hotel Brand – Limited Service

  •     Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  •     Cambria Hotels & Suites
  •     Courtyard by Marriott
  •     Drury Hotels
  •     Hilton Garden Inn
  •     Holiday Inn Express
  •     Hyatt Place
  •     Red Roof

Best Wedding Hotel Brand

  •     Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
  •     Hotel del Coronado – San Diego
  •     InterContinental New York Barclay
  •     Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
  •     The Biltmore Miami – Coral Gables
  •     The Park Lane – New York

Best Golf and Spa Resort Brand

  •     Club Dallas at Las Colinas
  •     Crystal Springs Resort
  •     Pinehurst Resort - NC
  •     Streamsong Resort • Golf • Spa
  •     The Broadmoor – CO
  •     The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
  •     The Sagamore Resort
  •     Wequassett Resort and Golf Club – MA

Best Sports Team Travel Hotel Brand

  •     Best Western Hotels & Resorts
  •     Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels
  •     Country Inn and Suites by Carlson
  •     Days Inn by Wyndham
  •     Hampton Inn by Hilton
  •     Holiday Inn Express
  •     La Quinta Inns & Suites
  •     Red Roof

Best Casino Hotel for Meetings and Groups

  •     ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas
  •     Bellagio Las Vegas
  •     Caesars Palace Las Vegas
  •     Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
  •     The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  •     The Venetian
  •     Treasure Island
  •     Wynn Las Vegas

Best Convention Center

  •     Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart
  •     Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
  •     Jacob K. Javits Convention Center – NYC
  •     Las Vegas Convention Center
  •     McCormick Place – Chicago
  •     Music City Center – Nashville
  •     Philadelphia Convention Center
  •     San Diego Convention Center
  •     Sands Expo – Last Vegas

Best Beach Destination

  •     Destin, FL
  •     Hilton Head, SC
  •     Maui, HI
  •     Miami Beach, FL
  •     San Diego, CA
  •     Santa Monica, CA
  •     The Hamptons, NY

Best Live Entertainment Performance

  •     Aladdin
  •     Jennifer Lopez : All I Have
  •     “O” by Cirque du Soleil
  •     SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical
  •     The Phantom of the Opera
  •     Wicked

Best Ocean Cruise Line

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

Best Ground Transportation

  •     Big Bus Tours
  •     BusBank
  •     Buster
  •     Gray Line
  •     SuperShuttle
  •     Trailways
  •     US Coachways

Best Airline

  •     Alaska Air
  •     American Airlines
  •     Delta Air Lines
  •     JetBlue
  •     Southwest Airlines
  •     United Airlines

Best Housing Company for Citywide Meetings and Events

  •     Connections Housing
  •     Convention Housing Partners
  •     Experient
  •     Spargo Housing
  •     MCI USA

Best Online Travel Agency

  •     Expedia
  •     Getaroom
  •     Travelocity
  •     TripAdvisor

Best Group Registration Company

  •     Eventbrite
  •     Eventzilla
  •     Regpack
  •     Splash That!
  •     Sports Engine

Best Group Tour Operators

  •     American Tours International
  •     Contiki Tours
  •     DuVine Cycling and Adventure Tours
  •     Globus Tours
  •     Tauck
  •     Trafalgar

Best City CVB

  •     Boston, MA
  •     Chicago, IL
  •     Las Vegas, NV
  •     New Orleans, LA
  •     New York City, NY
  •     Orlando, FL
  •     Philadelphia, PA

Best Travel Media Outlet for Groups and Meetings

  •     Business Travel News
  •     Groups Today
  •     Meetings & Conventions
  •     MeetingsNet
  •     Premier Travel Media
  •     Smart Meetings
  •     The Group Travel Leader
  •     Travel + Leisure

For more information on this year’s 2018 American Group Travel 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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