Association Meetings congratulates the winners of the 2000 Global Achievement Awards. We are proud to recognize the best of the best among international meeting and incentive suppliers and destinations as chosen by the readers of Beyond Borders, our annual international meeting planning resource.

Congratulations This year's winners: Ten Best International Cities

* Bangkok, Thailand

* Singapore

* London

* Sydney, Australia

* Melbourne, Australia

* Toronto

* Paris

* Vancouver, B.C., Canada

* Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

* Vienna, Austria

International Hotels

* Chateau Whistler Resort, Vancouver, Canada

* Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Cancun, Mexico

* Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Resort, Colima, Mexico

* Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica

* Hotel Inter-Continental Paris, Paris, France

* The Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand

* The Regent Hong Kong, Hong Kong

* Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel, Sao Paulo, Brazil

* Westin Casuarina Resort, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

* The Westin Stamford and Westin Plaza, Singapore

International Convention & Exhibition Centers

* Amsterdam Rai, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* Cairns Convention Center, Cairns, Australia

* COEX, Seoul, Korea

* Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

* Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia

* Paris Convention CenterLe Palais des Congres de Paris, Paris

* Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, Scotland

* Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore

* Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, Australia

* Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

International Airlines

* Aer Lingus

* Qantas Airways Ltd.

* Air France

* Singapore Airlines

* British Airways

* Swissair

* Cathay Pacific Airways

* Thai Airways International Ltd.

* Lufthansa

* Varig Brazilian Airlines

Congratulations International Hotels Winner Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club Located on a 400-acre estate, this unusual colonial-style resort provides the perfect backdrop for exceptional meetings.

Fast Facts

* Where We Are 15 minutes from Donald Sangster Int'l. Airport * taxi or minivan available

* Where to Stay 419 guest rooms, 170 suites * amenities-- extensive, includes data ports, safes, minibars, direct-dial telephone, voice mail

* Where to Meet 14 meeting rooms * largest room seats 800 banquet-style * business center, audiovisual department, high speed Web access

* Where to Play 18-hole (Robert Trent Jonesdesigned) golf course, 13 tennis courts, spa facilities, gymnasium, scuba, pools, water sports

* Where to Eat 6 restaurants on site * Italian style, international cuisine, Jamaican fare

Half Moon Golf, Tennis and Beach Club Stats

* Half Moon P.O., Rose Hall

* St. James, Jamaica

* Phone: 876.953.2211; 800.339.9728

* Fax: 876.953.3244

* Web:

* General Manager: Peter Komposch

* Exe. Assist. Manager: Myrtle V. Dwyer

Congratulations International Hotels Winner Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Resort Set on a secluded peninsula, the resort offers attendees world-class luxury, fine meeting amenities, and exceptional service.

Fast Facts * Where We Are 35 minutes from Manzanillo Airport * taxis available, $30 round-trip

* Where to Stay 200 guest rooms, 44 suites * amenities--data ports, private balconies, safes

* Where to Meet 12 meeting rooms * largest room seats 480 banquet-style * amphitheater, business center, audiovisual department * DSL

* Where to Play 27-hole Robert Vonhagge course, 3 lighted tennis courts and grandstand, 4 swimming pools, lagoon beach, fitness center

* Where to Eat 3 restaurants on site * buffet-style, fine dining, poolside dining, swim-up bar

Grand Bay Hotel Isla Navidad Resort Stats

* Circuito de los Marinos, Fracc. Isla Navidad, Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

* Phone: 310.225.4643; 800.505.9037

* Fax: 310.225.4658

* Web:

* Director of Convention Sales: Nereida Mendez

* U.S. Contact: Victoria Page


Congratulations International Airlines Winner Thai Airways Thai Airways (THAI) is known for its "Smooth as Silk" Royal Orchid Service that offers gracious ground and in-flight service, highlighted by personal attention to passenger needs. THAI is a member of the Star Alliance, along with a host of international carriers, and the Alliance's Convention Plus Web site is a one-stop shop for booking air travel for events. Go to or

Fast Facts * What We Are an airline based in Thailand * 74 planes in the fleet

* What We Offer Royal Executive Class for business passengers, which rivals first-class standards, with 62 seats in a spacious cabin, lavish refreshments, international newspapers and business journals, onboard video library with personal Walkman players provided

* amenities in first class include all of those found in business class plus luxury sleeper seats, individual in-seat screens on selected flights, epicurean meals, personal service from a dedicated staff that reflects Thailand's own cultural traditions

* Where We Fly daily service from Los Angeles to Bangkok * service from Los Angeles to Osaka to Los Angeles three times per week * service from Los Angeles to Tokyo to Los Angeles four times per week * partners in Star Alliance with Lufthansa German Airlines, United Airlines, Air New Zealand, Ansett Australia, Japan Airlines, Varig, Austrian Air, Mexicana, SAS, All Nippon Airlines, Air Canada, British Midland, Singapore Airlines, Tyrolean Airlines, Lauda Air

* What's New increased service into and out of Europe, Asia, and Australia

* Did You Know... Frequent flier membership is available in Thai Airways' Royal Orchid Plus program.

* THAI offers a Web site, in conjunction with the Star Alliance, that helps planners deal with one contact for the air-travel network, including booking, information, promotional assistance, and on-site services. After a quick registration at the Web site, users then contact the home carrier of the convention venue to have the entire Star network at their fingertips.

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited Stats

* U.S. Address: 222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 1950

* El Segundo, CA 90245

* Phone: 310.640.0097 Fax: 310.640.8202 Web:

* E-mail:

* General Manager, The Americas: Chalermkiat Suvanamas