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August 08 2013

PCMA Convene Magazine Showcases Best of the Meetings Industry

By PCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Daniel Metz
Direct: 312.423.7272, E-mail: dmetz@pcma.org  

PCMA’s Award-Winning Publication’s Second-Annual ‘Best in Show’ Issue Recognizes Meetings Industry Standouts in CSR, Technology, F&B, Social Media, and Six Other Categories

CHICAGO, Illinois, August 8, 2013 — PCMA Convene magazine has published its second-annual August issue showcasing the best meetings industry venues, destinations, and service providers in 10 categories, as determined by Convene’s readers and editors.

The “Best in Show” awards program invited Convene readers to nominate their favorite CSR initiatives, technology tools, F&B programs, social-media initiatives, off-site venues, destination videos, high-tech facilities, hotel spaces, places for small meetings, and venue initiatives. Convene editors reviewed the nominations and picked five outstanding honorees for each category.

“We launched our industry awards program in our first-ever August issue last year, and it was a big hit,” said Michelle Russell, Convene’s editor in chief. “In fact, it earned us the 2012 Association TRENDS Gold award. This year, we received submissions for places and initiatives from around the globe, and we made a point of featuring some that were a little off-the-beaten path and out of the ordinary. Taken together, the award winners illustrate what makes the meetings industry so diverse and dynamic.”

Here is the list of honorees in each category, listed in no particular order:

BEST CSR INITIATIVES
REALTORS Volunteer Build, National Association of REALTORS
Danish EU Presidency, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Red Cross at Dreamforce, Salesforce.com
American Forests’ Meeting ReLeaf program
Stop Hunger Now program

BEST DESTINATION VIDEOS
“Holland. The Original Cool,” Visit Holland
“ATL Files,” Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
“What Happens in Boston Changes the World,” Boston Convention Marketing Center
“Right Here,” Tourism Calgary
“Downtown Phoenix: It’s Cooler Than You Think,” Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA INITIATIVES
iStrategy events, GDS International
IBM Pulse 2013
National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference 2012
CiscoLive!
Team-building games using texting and Twitter, Geoteaming

BEST FOOD & BEVERAGE
Colorado Convention Center, Denver
Four Seasons Resort Chang Mai, Thailand
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Florida
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Minneapolis Convention Center

BEST HIGH-TECH FACILITY
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Hotel Sax Chicago
Quebec City Convention Centre
Javits Center, New York City
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

BEST HOTEL SPACES
InterContinental Paris – Le Grand Hotel
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Fairmont San Jose
Delta Beausejour Hotel, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
The Hotel Alyeska, Girdwood, Alaska

BEST TECHNOLOGY TOOLS
eventScribe app
Streampoint Solutions event-management software
All Our Ideas crowdsourcing software program
Cvent event-management software
15-second videos — Tout and Instagram

BEST OFF-SITE VENUE
SoMa StrEat Food Park, San Francisco
Ngala Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City
The Greenbrier, West Virginia
Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

BEST PLACES FOR SMALL MEETINGS
The Edgewater Hotel, Seattle
The Tremont House, a Wyndham Grand Hotel, Galveston, Texas
Atlantica Hotel & Marina Oak Island, Nova Scotia
Hotel le Germain-Dominion, Quebec City
The Westin Lake Las Vegas

BEST VENUE INITIATIVE
Ottawa Convention Centre’s “Red Tag” Meeting Space Special
Rooftop event space, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, Calif.
Free Wi-Fi, multiple venues
MyBCEC mobile app, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Denver Zoo’s sustainability practices

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