Fifth Annual American Group Travel Awards, the leading provider of online group hotel bookings worldwide, is pleased to announce the winners for the 2017 American Group Travel Awards (AGTA), an event recognizing the leading suppliers delivering outstanding services and group travel experiences in North America.

The fifth annual awards gala, hosted by documentary film producer and former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan, took place on November 13th in New York City at TAO downtown. Entertainment and performances took place throughout the evening, including music by New York’s DJ Dalton, a Diamond raffle giveaway, and more.

Twenty-two categories were presented, including nominations for airlines, cruises, ground transportation, hotels, travel agencies and more. This year, announced three new categories, including Best Convention Center, Best New/Emerging Hotel Brand, and Best Travel Media Outlet. 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.

Congratulations to the 2017 American Group Travel Award Winners and Runners-up!

Best Airline

Winner: Delta
Runner-Up: United

Best Ground Transportation

Winner: SuperShuttle
Runner-Up: US Coachways

Best Car Rental Company

Winner: Enterprise
Runner-Up: Hertz

Best Beach Destination

Winner: Cancun, MX
Runner-Up: Miami Beach, FL

Best City CVB

Winner: Washington, D.C.
Runner-Up: New York City, NY

Best Convention Center

Winner: Las Vegas Convention Center
Runner-Up: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center- NYC

Best Live Stage/Theatrical/Musical Performance

Winner: Hamilton
Runner-Up: Wicked

Best Travel Media Outlet

Winner: Business Travel News
Runner-Up: Leisure Group Travel

Best Ocean Cruise line

Winner: Celebrity Cruises
Runner-Up: Carnival

Best Extended Stay Brand

Winner: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Runner-Up: WoodSpring Suites

Best Destination Resort Brand

Winner: Iberostar Hotels & Resorts
Runner-Up: Grand Hyatt Hotels

Best Independent Hotel Brand

Winner: Westgate Resorts
Runner-Up: Omni Hotels & Resorts

Best Wedding Hotel

Winner: The Drake Hotel- Chicago
Runner-Up: The Breakers- Palm Beach

Best Sports Team Travel Hotel Brand

Winner: Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels
Runner-Up: Red Roof

Best Golf and Spa Resort

Winner: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
Runner-Up: Streamsong Resort • Golf • Spa

Best Casino Hotel

Winner: Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Runner-Up: The Venetian/Palazzo

Best New/Emerging Hotel Brand

Winner: Cambria hotels & suites
Runner-Up: GLō Hotels by Best Western

Best Hotel Brand – Boutique

Winner: Joie de Vivre
Runner-Up: Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Best Hotel Brand- Limited Service

Winner: Best Western Hotels & Resorts
Runner-Up: Holiday Inn Express

Best Hotel Brand- luxury

Winner: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company
Runner-Up: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Brand- Full Service

Winner: Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Runner-Up: InterContinental Hotels & Resorts

Best Online Travel Agency


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