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August 4, 2014
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PCMA's Convene Shares Best Venues, Destinations and Service Providers




Yesterday, PCMA's Convene magazine published its third annual issue focusing on the best meetings industry venues, destinations, and service providers in 10 categories, as determined by the magazine's readers and editors.

The “Best in Show” awards program invited Convene readers to nominate their favorite CSR initiatives, technology tools, F&B programs, examples of social-media use, off-site venues, destination videos, meeting apps, high-tech properties, places for small meetings, and room sets. Convene editors reviewed the nominations and picked five outstanding honorees for each category.

This year, PCMA changed two of the categories and asked meeting professionals to submit their top picks for meeting apps and room sets. "We changed two of the categories to feature meeting apps and room sets to reflect the evolving nature of events," Michelle Russell, Convene’s editor in chief told International Meetings Review. "Since we first started the Best in Show issue two years ago, the number of apps available in the iPhone App Store has doubled—there are now approximately 1.2 million downloadable apps. It just made sense to acknowledge the exponential growth of apps by showcasing five great examples from the meetings industry. And we decided to focus on innovative room sets this year because it was clear to us that experience design is such an important part of face-to-face events.

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The Convene team, she continued, like to share real-life samples of what makes the events industry so interesting. "What continues to surprise us is the diversity of entries," Russell added. "The off-site venues nominated by planners, for instance, took us from Oklahoma's Boathouse District to Scotland's Royal Yacht Britannia."

Here is the list of honorees in each category, listed in no particular order:

BEST CSR INITIATIVES
Virginia Beach CVB’s June 2013 fam trip 
KaBOOM!
Odyssey Teams Helping Hands
European Breast Cancer Conference Public Day
Clean the World

BEST DESTINATION VIDEOS
“Colourful Characters, Colourful Experiences,” Destination St. John’s
“Meet Sunny in Fort Lauderdale”
“Inspired Meetings in Monterey”
“Remember to Breathe,” Travel Alberta
“Happiness Is Calling,” San Diego

BEST SOCIAL MEDIA USE
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) 2013
Cisco Live 2014
Staffing Industry Analysts 2014 Executive Forum
Jive Software User Conference 2013
NYC & Company

BEST FOOD & BEVERAGE
Scotiabank Convention Centre
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
FireKeepers Casino Hotel
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Waldorf Astoria Orlando

BEST HIGH-TECH PROPERTIES
Palais des congrés des Montréal
Cleveland Convention Center
Grand Hyatt San Francisco
San Jose Convention Center
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

BEST MEETING APPS
ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) Scientific Assembly 2013
ACS (American Chemical Society) 247th National Meeting
HelmsBriscoe Annual Business Conference
The Nature Conservancy
SignUp4/Cumbre Sanofi

BEST TECHNOLOGY TOOLS
Cvent event-management software
Basecamp project-management platform
Evernote notetaking and archiving software
onPeak Compass reservation system
Wufoo online form-builder

BEST OFF-SITE VENUES
Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle
Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, London, and Las Vegas
Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, Washington, D.C.
Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland
Boathouse District, Oklahoma City

BEST PLACES FOR SMALL MEETINGS
Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
Catalyst Ranch, Chicago
Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington
Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport, Brier Creek, Raleigh, N.C.

BEST ROOM SET
CoreNet Global Summit 2013
Carnival, Quebec City
VMware Global Leadership Conference
2014 HSMAI Leadership Conference
American Society of Hematology 2013 General Session


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