Hammond, New York, won the most Gold Awards and also took a Platinum Award for its work for the American Queen Steamboat Co.
Quinn & Co., New York, earned seven Golds and three Platinums and the “Best of Show” award for its work for Denihan Hospitality Group/Affinia Hotels for its “Affinia Hotels Tender Loving Comfort” Campaign. In addition to Affinia, Quinn won Platinum honors for its work for El Al Israel Airlines. The firm took home 18 honors at the event.
Hammond had a total of 22 wins including eight Silver and two Bronze. It has received more awards annually over the past 12 years than any other entrant in the PR category.
Other multiple winners of Golds included Weber Shandwick, seven; Allison + Partners, seven; Nancy J. Friedman PR, seven, and M. Silver Assocs., six.
The Platinum PR firm winners, which are chosen from the Gold winners also included:
MMGY Global PR, for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
Allison + Partners for Best Western International.
Zapwater Communications for “Downsize Fitness.”
McNeil Wilson Communications for Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts.
Wagstaff Worldwide for Kelly Liken
M. Silver Assocs. for New York State’s Division of Tourism, I Love New York.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for Red Roof Inn.
Weber Shandwick for Royal Caribbean International.
Redpoint Marketing PR for Simon Pearce.
A list of winners is at hsmai.org.
Howard Feiertag, faculty member, Virginia Tech, was given the Winthrop W. Grice Award for lifetime PR excellence and Roger J. Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Assn., was given the Albert E. Koehl Award for advertising and marketing.
Feiertag has been in hospitality and education for 53 years and is noted for his knowledge of convention bureau management; food and beverage; hotel operations; meetings and convention management; sales and marketing and tour and travel, said Robert Gilbert, president and CEO of HSMAI.
More than 1,200 entries were received for the annual awards which are also given in advertising and digital marketing.