Quinn & Co. with client Waldorf Astoria New York and Weber Shandwick working with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. shared "Best in Show" honors for PR last night at the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International's annual Adrian Awards.
|L-R: David Kong, HSMAI president/CEO Robert Gilbert, Richard Kahn
The Quinn/Waldorf campaign focused on the landmark hotel's sustainability efforts, while Weber and the MEDC won for the "Street Style Detroit" campaign. [Photos are at Getty Images.]
Miami-based rbb PR won two Platinum Adrian Awards for PR for the firm's work with Hilton Worldwide's Homewood Suites. Weber Shandwick was the other multiple platinum winner in PR, picking up a platinum honor for its work with Xanterra Parks & Resorts, in addition to the Detroit campaign nod.
Nearly 900 attended the 57th annual gala at the New York Marriott Marquis Feb. 24.
Other platinum winners for PR were Geoffrey Weill Associates with the Israel Ministry of Tourism; Baltz & Company with Belcampo Inc.; Peter Mayer Advertising and the Emerald Coast Florida CVB; M. Silver/Finn Partners on the "I Love New York" campaign; Starwood Hotels & Resorts; MMGY Global with the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, and Redpoint Marketing PR with Woodstock Inn & Resorts.
Laura Davidson PR and VisitScotland (digital marketing), MMGY Global with the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau (advertising), and Edelman with Hilton Worldwide (digital marketing) also won platinum Adrians outside of the PR category.
HSMAI handed out 130 Gold Adrian awards for PR. New York-based Lou Hammond & Associates took home eight gold awards.
Copacino+Fujikado and client Visit Seattle won Best in Show honors for advertising. White+Partners with Visit Fairfax claimed the top prize in digital marketing.
Richard Kahn, president and owner of Kahn Travel Communications, received HSMAI's Winthrop W. Grice Award for achievement in PR. Best Western International CEO/president David Kong was given the Albert E. Koehl Award for advertising and marketing.
HSMAI said it received more than 1,200 submissions for the Adrian Awards.