2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winners Announced

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

After more than 7,000 readers and fans voted, this is our elite list of the top 320 meeting sites and destinations in the South.

Congratulations to our winners and remember to look for them within our 2018 December Annual Awards Issue.

The Following Are State-by-State 2018 Readers’ Choice Award Winners


Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel & Conference Center at Grand National

Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

The Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel & Spa

The Beach Club Resort & Spa

Caribe Resort

Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism

Hilton Garden Inn Orange Beach Beachfront

The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center

Hyatt Regency Birmingham -The Wynfrey Hotel

Island House Hotel Orange Beach – a DoubleTree by Hilton

Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

Perdido Beach Resort

Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel

Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa

Sheraton Birmingham

Turquoise Place

Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore


The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa

The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

The Capital Hotel

Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel, Spa & Convention Center

Fort Smith CVB

Hilton Garden Inn Little Rock Downtown

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau

Little Rock Marriott

Visit Bentonville

Visit Hot Springs


B Resort in Walt Disney World

The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

The Brazilian Court Hotel

Caribe Royale Orlando All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort – Key West

DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Eden Roc Miami Beach

Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista South

The Florida Hotel & Conference Center

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Grove Resort & Spa

Henderson Beach Resort

Hilton Clearwater Beach

Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa

Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau

Ocean Center Convention Entertainment Complex

Opal Sands Resort

Orange County Convention Center

The Pearl Hotel

Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center

Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Noble House

Playa Largo Resort & Spa

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Rosen Centre Hotel

RP Funding Center

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Solé on the Ocean Resort & Spa, Noble House

Streamsong Resort

Villas of Grand Cypress

Visit Central Florida – Polk County

Visit Lake

Visit Sebring

Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort

WaterColor Inn & Resort

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Zota Beach Resort


Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau

Alpine Helen/White County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

ATL Airport District

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau

Awesome Alpharetta

Callaway Gardens Resort

Cartersville – Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Classic Center

Cobb Travel & Tourism

Dalton Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Ellis Hotel

Emory Conference Center Hotel

Explore Gwinnett

Georgia International Convention Center

Georgia State Parks

Georgia World Congress Center

Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center

Infinite Energy Center

Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Roswell Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sea Island

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel

Valdosta-Lowndes Conference Center & Tourism Authority

Visit Macon

The Westin Jekyll Island

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa


Bowling Green Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Brown Hotel

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Lexington

Maysville Event Center

Mt. Sterling/ Montgomery County Tourism

Omni Louisville Hotel

Owensboro – Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Owensboro Convention Center

Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau

Seelbach Hilton – Louisville’s Grand Destination Experience



Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bourbon Orleans Hotel – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection

Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau

Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter

Golden Nugget Casino Resort and Hotel, Lake Charles

Hotel Mazarin – of the New Orleans Hotel Collection

Hotel Monteleone

Hyatt Centric French Quarter

Hyatt Regency New Orleans

InterContinental New Orleans

Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.

Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

Louisiana’s Northshore/St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission

Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

New Orleans Marriott

Northshore Harbor Center

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau

Visit Baton Rouge

Visit Kenner

West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau


Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau

Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort


Ocean City, Maryland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Rocky Gap Casino Resort


The Alluvian Hotel

Beau Rivage Resort & Casino

Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gold Strike Casino Resort

Golden Nugget Casino Hotel Biloxi

Hard Rock Casino Biloxi

Hattiesburg Convention Commission

Hollywood Casino Gulf Coast

Hollywood Casino Tunica

Lake Terrace Convention Center

Landers Center

MSU Riley Center

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

Scarlet Pearl

Visit Jackson

Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast


Yazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau


Big Cedar Lodge

Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB

Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Chateau on the Lake Resort & Spa

Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau

Hilton President Kansas City

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission

St. Louis Union Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

Ste Genevieve Great River Road Welcome Center

Tan-Tar-A Resort, Golf Club, Marina & Indoor Water Park

Thousand Hills Golf Resort

The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center


The Conference Center at GTCC

Crowne Plaza Asheville

Crowne Plaza Charlotte Executive Park

Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau

Embassy Suites Hotel Winston-Salem In The Twin City Quarter

Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Goldsboro Travel & Tourism

Greensboro Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

The Inn on Biltmore Estate

JB Duke Hotel

The Maxwell Center

Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitor Center

Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area CVB

The Sea Ranch Resort

The Umstead Hotel & Spa

Visit Winston-Salem

Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau


Broken Arrow Convention & Visitors Bureau

Choctaw Casino Resort

Cox Business Center

Cox Convention Center

Embassy Suites by Hilton – Norman Hotel & Conference Center

Muskogee Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Oklahoma Aquarium

Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau

Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel & Spa

The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City

Tulsa Convention & Visitors Bureau


BMW Performance Center

Breakers Resort

Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Charleston Marriott Hotel

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

Florence Center

Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau

Francis Marion Hotel

Fripp Island Resort

Hilton Head Island Visitor & Convention Bureau

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes

Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

Tides Folly Beach Oceanfront



Big Cypress Lodge

Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Chattanoogan Hotel

Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum

Courtyard Marriott Pigeon Forge

Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gatlinburg Convention Center

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

Greene County Partnership Tourism Department

Hutton Hotel

Margaritaville Island Inn

Memphis Cook Convention Center

The Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton

The Peabody Memphis

Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

RiverStone Resort & Spa

Rutherford County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sevierville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sevierville Convention Center

Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown

Union Station Hotel Nashville

Visit Knoxville – Knoxville Convention & Visitors Bureau


Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council

Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Austin Convention Center

The Barnhill Center

Cooper Hotel Conference Center & Spa

Denison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau

Destination El Paso

Experience Bryan-College Station

Explore Victoria

Ford Park

Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center

Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau

Hotel Galvez & Spa, A Wyndham Grand Hotel

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Kerrville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau

Longview Convention & Visitors Bureau

Marriott Marquis Houston

McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau

Odessa Convention & Visitors Bureau

Omni Houston Hotel Westside

Omni La Mansión del Rio Hotel

Overton Hotel & Conference Center

Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Plano Event Center

Royal Sonesta Houston

San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau

The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center

San Marcos Convention & Visitor Bureau

Seguin Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin

The St. Anthony Hotel

The Tremont House – A Wyndham Grand Hotel

Visit Lubbock, the Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visit Plano

Visit The Woodlands



The Woodlands Resort


Arlington Convention & Visitors Service

The Cavalier

Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Chesapeake Conference Center

Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Colonial Williamsburg Resort Collection

Greater Richmond Convention Center

Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau

Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner Center

The Jefferson Hotel

Massanutten Resort

The National Conference Center


Richmond Raceway Complex

Stafford County Tourism

Virginia Beach Convention Center

The Virginian Lynchburg

Visit Fairfax

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Visit Williamsburg


Westin Crystal City

Washington Marriott Marquis


Bridgeport Conference Center

Charleston Civic Center

The Greenbrier

Oglebay Resort & Conference Center

Summersville Arena & Conference Center


2018 Readers’ Choice 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
 2018 Honorable Mentions


DoubleTree by Hilton Decatur


DoubleTree Beach Resort by Hilton Tampa Bay/North Redington Beach

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

TradeWinds Island Grand

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa


Americus – Sumter County Tourism Council, Inc

Epworth by the Sea

Wyndham Atlanta Galleria


Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront Hotel


Harbour Inn Marina & Spa

MGM National Harbor


The Sanderling

Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club


Embassy Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place

Greystone Lodge on the River


JW Marriott Houston

The Westin at The Woodlands

Westin Houston Downtown


Westin Richmond

W Washington D.C.


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