HotelPlanner Announces Categories and Nominees for its Sixth Annual…

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.

Published at Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000