2016 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

ConventionSouth's Readers' Choice AwardThe results are in for ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. 

After more than 4,000 readers and fans voted, this is our elite list of the top 250 meeting sites and destinations in the South.

Congratulations to our winners and remember to look for them within our 2016 December Annual Awards Issue.

The Following Are State-by-State 2016 Readers’ Choice Award Winners


The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa

The Caribe Resort

The Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

Jackson Center

Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

Perdido Beach Resort

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission

Westin Birmingham

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore


The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

The Capital Hotel

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Fort Smith Convention Center

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Little Rock Marriott

Springdale A&P Commission

Statehouse Convention Center


Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

B Resort in Walt Disney World

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

The Brazilian Court Hotel

Bellasera Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort – Key West

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South

Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Hollywood Beach Marriott

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

La Playa Beach & Golf Resort

Miami Beach Convention Center

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau

Ocean Center Convention Entertainment Complex

The Pearl

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Reunion a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Tidewater Beach Resort

Visit Jacksonville & The Beaches

Visit Sarasota County

Visit South Walton

WaterColor Inn & Resort


ATL Airport District

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Awesome Alpharetta

Cobb Travel & Tourism

Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center

Dalton Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Ellis Hotel

Explore Gwinnett

The Graduate Athens

Georgia International Convention Center

Georgia World Congress Center

Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Infinite Energy Center

James H. Rainwater Conference Center

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

Macon – Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mansion on Forsyth Park

Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism

Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center

Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta

Visit Savannah

The Westin Jekyll Island

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa


21C Museum Hotel Louisville

The Brown Hotel

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

Louisville Marriott Downtown

meetNKY (Northern Kentucky CVB)

Owensboro – Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Owensboro Convention Center

Seelbach Hilton – Louisville’s Grand Destination Experience



Bourbon Orleans Hotel – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection

Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau

Hilton Shreveport

Hotel Monteleone

InterContinental New Orleans

Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau-Kenner

L’Auberge Casino & Resort Lake Charles

Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

Monroe/West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau

Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Northshore Harbor Center

Paragon Casino Resort & Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Visit Baton Rouge


Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection

Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Montgomery County CVB

National Aquarium

Ocean City, Maryland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Baltimore

Visit Howard County


Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Hard Rock Casino Biloxi

Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lake Terrace Convention Center

Monmouth Historic Inn

MSU Riley Center

Pearl River Resort, Including Silver Star & Golden Moon Hotel & Casino

The Alluvian Hotel

Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Hattiesburg

Visit Meridian

Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast

Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau


America’s Center Convention Complex

Big Cedar Lodge

Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa

Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission

St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Great River Road Welcome Center

Visit Kansas City

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center


Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove

Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Crowne Plaza Asheville

Gastonia Conference Center

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greenville Convention Center

New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitor Center

The Omni Grove Park Inn

Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB

Raleigh Marriott City Center Hotel

Renaissance Asheville Hotel

The Sanderling

The Sea Ranch Resort

Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center

The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Visit Winston-Salem


Ardmore Convention Center

Cox Convention Center

Embassy Suites by Hilton – Norman Hotel & Conference Center

Oklahoma Aquarium

Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel & Spa

Visit Stillwater



BMW Performance Center

Breakers Resort

Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau

Florence Civic Center

Francis Marion Hotel

Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Greenville

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Spartanburg Marriott


Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa


Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Dollywood, Dollywood’s Splash Country & Dollywood Cabins

Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau & Convention Center

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Greene County Partnership Tourism Department

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton

The Peabody Memphis

RiverStone Resort & Spa

Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sevierville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sevierville Convention Center

Sheraton Nashville Downtown

Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority

Visit Knoxville – Knoxville Convention & Visitors Bureau


Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council

AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center

Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Austin Convention Center

DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Downtown

Explore Victoria

Ford Park

Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hotel Galvez and Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion

Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa

La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa

Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau

McAllen Convention Center

McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau

Odessa Convention & Visitors Bureau

Omni Corpus Christi Hotel

Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel

Plano Centre

San Angelo Convention & Visitors Bureau

San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau

Seguin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Shenandoah Convention & Visitors Bureau

South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Lubbock, the Convention & Visitors Bureau

Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau

Wichita Falls Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau


Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association

Chesapeake Conference Center

Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection

Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Roads – Hotel, Spa & Convention Center

Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partnership

Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau

Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center

The National Conference Center

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center



Charleston Civic Center

The Greenbrier

Greenbrier County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

The Resort at Glade Springs

Summersville Arena & Conference Center

Waterfront Place Hotel (Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place coming soon)

2016 Readers’ Choice Awards Honorable Mentions

Readers' Choice Honorable MentionIn addition to the winners listed above, we received a number of write-in recommendations for this year’s ConventionSouth Readers’ Choice Awards.

While we receive write-in votes every year, the properties listed below received multiple write-in votes, which qualified them for our Honorable Mention recognition.

The Following Are State-by-State 2016 Readers’ Choice Honorable Mentions


Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook

Montgomery Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center at Capitol Hill


Grand Bohemian Hotel – Orlando

Hammock Beach Resort, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort

PGA National Resort & Spa


The Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront

The Cloister Hotel


Historic Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College


Chateau Saint Denis Hotel

Golden Nugget Casino Resort and Hotel


The Conference Center at the Maritime Institute

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport Hotel

Turf Valley Resort

Wisp Resort


Golden Nugget Casino Hotel Biloxi


Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaz


Blockade Runner Beach Resort Hotel

Grand Bohemian Hotel – Asheville


Belmond Charleston Place


Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Hotel & Cool Springs Conference Center

Omni Nashville Hotel


Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Dallas- DFW Airport North

Hilton Galveston Island Resort

Hotel Sorella

Sheraton Dallas Hotel


Stonewall Resort

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