Congratulations once again to the 31 outstanding hotels and resorts chosen by our readers as Premium Circle Award winners in 1998, the seventh year of our awards program. Launched by Insurance Conference Planner in 1992, the program recognizes top meeting facilities preferred by insurance executives and planners. Insurance companies' meeting executives cast their ballots based on meeting room quality, staff, catering and convention services, food and beverage service, guest room quality, and audiovisual and technical support. We offer a round of applause to all of our winners, and a special nod to Opryland Hotel in Nashville, which has been a winner every year since the award's inception. The ballot for the eighth annual Premium Circle Awards will appear in the March/April and May/June 1999 issues of Insurance Conference Planner.

Doubletree La Posada Resort, Scottsdale

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson

Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale

Westin La Paloma, Tucson

California Hotel del Coronado, Coronado

Town and Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego

Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point


The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs

Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, Colorado Springs

Inverness Hotel and Golf Club, Englewood

Florida Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Lake Buena Vista

Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa, St. Petersburg Beach

Marco Island Marriott Resort and Golf Club

Marriott at Sawgrass Resort, Ponte Vedra Beach

Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Lake Buena Vista

Georgia Marriott's Evergreen Conference Center and Resort, Atlanta

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Island of Oahu

Orchid at Mauna Lani, Island of Hawaii

Massachusetts Sheraton Boston Hotel and Towers

Nevada MGM Grand Hotel/Casino, Las Vegas

New York Hilton New York and Towers, New York City

New York Marriott Marquis, New York City

South Carolina Charleston Place, An Orient-Express Hotel, Charleston Hyatt Regency Hilton Head Resort, Hilton Head Island

Westin Resort Hilton Head, Hilton Head Island

Tennessee Opryland Hotel, Nashville

West Virginia The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs

British West Indies Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Canada Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, Alberta

Mexico Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun

Premium Circle - AWARD WINNER Hilton Hawaiian Village 2005 Kalia Road Honolulu, HI 96815

Phone (808) 949-4321, (800) HILTONS Fax (808) 947-7898

General Manager Noel G. Trainor

Director of Sales Jon Conching

Director of Catering, Meetings, Conventions Ivis Rose

Hilton Hawaiian Village has more than 100,000 square feet of meeting, convention, and outdoor function space. Set on Waikiki's beautiful beach, on the island of Oahu, it's an ideal resort for mixing business with pleasure.

Location/Access: The resort is 20 minutes from Honolulu International Airport. Limousines, taxis, and shuttles are available.

Accommodations: All 2,545 guest rooms, including 363 suites, feature balconies, refreshment centers, premium movie channels, voice mail, and fax/modem hookups.

Recreation: Three pools, a variety of aquatic activities, and the Atlantis Submarines are on site. Golf and tennis are nearby, as is downtown Honolulu.

Dining/Entertainment: Each Friday evening the resort's Super Pool becomes the venue for a free Polynesian extravaganza.

Meeting Facilities/Services: There is a total of 65,000 square feet of exhibit space and 36 meeting rooms, the largest of which seats 1,750 people banquet-style. The resort also has an on-site audiovisual department, business center, and amphitheater

Hilton New York and towers 1335 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019

Phone (212) 586-7000, (800) HILTONS Fax (212) 315-1374

Senior Vice President/ Managing Director Arthur A. Surin

Director of Sales and marketing Brian A. Winston

Located midtown at Rockefeller Center close by Manhattan's many famous attractions, the Hilton New York and Towers is engaged in a major redesign, which includes the lobby, new concourse-level meeting rooms, and a new fourth-floor conference center.

Location/Access: The hotel is 15 miles from LaGuardia Airport, 25 miles from Kennedy, and 15 miles from Newark. Both Grand Central Station and Penn Station are 15 minutes away.

Accommodations: The 2,041 guest rooms include 95 suites. In-room amenities include refreshment centers, coffeemakers, irons and ironing boards, two line telephones, voice mail, and computer data ports.

Recreation: A fitness center with extensive exercise equipment, sauna, and massage facilities is on site.

Dining/Entertainment: Two new restaurants, Etrusca and New York Marketplace, will open in June 1999.

Meeting Facilities/Services: The hotel's 47 meeting and banquet rooms include four ballrooms, the largest of which seats 3,300 people theater-style or 2,800 banquet-style. The Americas Hall and second-floor complex have more than 81,000 square feet of exhibit space. The business center has its own computer workstation and rents and installs computers in guest rooms.