Winners in 23 separate categories were announced on November 11 at the inaugural American Group Travel Awards event in New York City.

The Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel at Times Square hosted nearly 300 travel industry professionals at the inaugural American Group Travel Awards event. Presented by HotelPlanner and Group Travel Organiser, the event was sponsored in part by Leisure Group Travel magazine with a gala awards dinner for the top hospitality providers in North America.

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The host and emcee for the evening was former MSNBC television host Dylan Ratigan. Over 6,200 votes were received via online polling with voting in 23 separate categories.

Tim Hentchel, CEO of HotelPlanner, said, “We were excited to present the best of the best in group travel to a sold-out show. A special thanks to our host, Dylan Ratigan, and all our great Broadway show entertainers, Les Miserables, Kinky Boots and Phantom of the Opera. The final performance of ‘Music of the Night’ concluded the awards with a standing ovation, which summed up the success of the event perfectly.”

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Peter Stonham, Editorial Director of Group Travel Organiser magazine, added, “What a marvelous evening we had at the Hudson Theater – a fantastic and iconic venue for a great occasion! We couldn’t have gotten the American Group Travel Awards off to a better start – and the response indicates that we can only go from strength to strength in putting the spotlight on the best in group travel in North America, with its own high-profile event.”

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This year’s winners include:

Best Group Hotel Brand – Full Service: Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand – Limited Service: Comfort Inn & Suites

Best Group Hotel Brand – Luxury: Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Best Group Hotel Brand – Boutique: Hotel Indigo

Best Group Casino Hotel – Leisure: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Best Sports Team Travel Hotel Brand: Holiday Inn Express

Best Group Casino Hotel – Convention: The Venetian Las Vegas

Best Airline: American Airlines

Best Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Lines

Best River Cruise: AMA Waterways

Best Rail Company: Amtrak

Best Broadway Show for Groups: The Phantom of the Opera

Best Live Stage Performance for Groups: The Phantom of the Opera

Best Theme Park for Groups: Disney World Florida

Best City Destination for Groups: New York City

Best Beach Destination for Groups: Hawaii – Oahu

Best State for Group Travel: New York

Best Group Shopping Experience: Mall of America – Minneapolis

Best Outlet Shopping for Groups: Sawgrass Mills (Sunrise, FL)

Best Group Ground Transportation: Super Shuttle

Best Group Dining Experience: Hard Rock Cafe