Kudos to all the winners in our 18th annual Inner Circle Award program. This tribute is paid by AM readers who voted for these top hotels, resorts, convention centers, CVBs, and tourist boards as the best to have serviced their meetings and conventions in the past 12 months. Look for the ballot for our 19th Inner Circle Awards program on page 40. The winners for 2010 will be announced in our August issue.

See pages 42 through 44 to read more about some of the 2009 Inner Circle Award-winning hotels.

And congratulations to all our winners!



The Scottsdale Plaza Resort


Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina


Keystone Conference Center, Keystone

The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs


Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket

Mohegan Sun, Uncasville

District of Columbia

Hilton Washington

Omni Shoreham Hotel


Disney's Yacht Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista

Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center, Orlando

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

The Peabody Orlando

Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersbirg

Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando

Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista


Hyatt Regency Chicago

InterContinental Chicago

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago

SwissĂ´tel Chicago


L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort, Lake Charles

New Orleans Marriott


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, National Harbor


Boston Marriott Copley Place

The Westin Boston Waterfront


MGM Grand, Las Vegas

New Jersey

Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa, Atlantic City

Harrah's Atlantic City


The Hotel Hershey, Hershey

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown


Hilton Anatole, Dallas

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio

Hyatt Regency Dallas

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, Galveston

The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, The Woodlands


Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg

West Virginia

The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs


Kalahari Resort and Convention Center, Wisconsin Dells

Puerto Rico

El Conquistador Resort, Fajardo

CVBs and Tourist Boards

Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Branson Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Branson, Mo.

Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

Visit Denver, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greater Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Convention & Visitors Bureau

Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association

Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau

Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau Inc.

Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau

Puerto Rico Convention Bureau

San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau

Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Convention Centers

Anaheim Convention Center

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

The Colorado Convention Center, Denver

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh

George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio

Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville

Las Vegas Convention Center

McCormick Place, Chicago

Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center

Oncenter Complex, Syracuse, N.Y.

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando

Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan

San Diego Convention Center

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington