SAUSALITO, Calif., April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Smart Meetings, the leading media company and most trusted resource for meeting professionals, is excited to announce the winners of its 2016 Smart Stars Awards contest. The prestigious awards platform, now in its fifth year, celebrates the most popular properties, hotels, resorts, cruise lines and convention and conference centers across North America.
Ranked against thousands of beautiful properties, these exceptional venues have been hand selected as the best in their distinguished categories. Meeting professionals nominate and then vote to select winners in 25 inspiring categories. The Smart Stars Awards have come to serve as an essential resource for meeting planners who look to their peers to recommend leading venues and destinations to hold meetings and events.
"We are excited that the Smart Stars Awards have become such an industry benchmark and are honored to celebrate these exquisite properties," said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and CEO. "Giving our readers the opportunity to vote for their favorite properties allows both meeting professionals and hotels and destinations to learn from each other and to grow the meeting planning community."
Smart Stars winners will be featured in the June edition of Smart Meetings print and digital magazines, reaching more than 65,000 meeting professionals. They also will be showcased online for one year.
2016 Smart Stars Winners
Best Airport Hotel Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
Best Attraction/Theme Park Monterey Bay Aquarium Universal Orlando Resort Walt Disney World Resort
Best Ballroom Amway Grand Plaza Hotel Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate The Phoenician
Best Beach Hotel Paradisus Punta Cana Resort The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach
Best Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel Hutton Hotel Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort The Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club The Nines, Portland
Best City Hotel Hard Rock Hotel San Diego JW Marriott Marquis Miami Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Best Conference Center Hershey Resorts Lied Lodge & Conference Center The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center
Best Convention Center Austin Convention Center New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Oregon Convention Center Pasadena Convention Center & Fairgrounds
Best Convention Center Hotel Barceló Bávaro Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center Nashville MGM Grand Las Vegas
Best Coastal Hotel Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Best Cruise Line Hornblower Cruises & Events Norwegian Cruise Lines Royal Caribbean International
Best Desert Hotel Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa La Quinta Resort & Club
Best Eco/Green Hotel Hotel Terra Jackson Hole Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay
Best Executive Retreat Gateway Canyons Salamander Resort & Spa The Resort at Pedregal
Best Family Friendly Hotel/Resort Arizona Grand Resort Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Best Gaming/Casino Hotel ARIA Resort & Casino Tropicana Casino and Resort Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Hotel
Best Golf Resort Broadmoor Colorado Springs JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa PGA National Resort & Spa
Best Historic Hotel Omni La Costa Resort & Spa The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square The Wigwam
Best Hotel Pool Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina – San Diego JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Best Hotel Spa Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino
Best Incentive Hotel Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana Nizuc Resort & Spa Paradisus Playa del Carmen The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort
Best Island Resort Atlantis Paradise Island El Conquistador Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Grand Hyatt Kauai
Best Mountain / Ski Hotel Montage Deer Valley St. Regis Aspen Resort The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
Best Outdoor Event Space Caesars Palace Las Vegas Diplomat Resort & Spa, Florida Terranea Resort
Best Special Event Venue L.A. Live The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Museum of Glass
About Smart Meetings: Smart Meetings is the leading media company and the most trusted resource for meeting professionals in the meetings industry. Providing best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, hosts world-class networking events, provides thought-leading and interactive webinars, offers a complimentary site-selection service and offers a myriad of digital resources.
Smart Meetings pioneered the widely-celebrated one-on-one hosted buyer program and has become the most effective media company to connect meeting professionals with premier hotels and destinations.
Media Contact: Jennifer Harrington Director of Marketing [email protected] 415-339-9355