Best of the Northwest: Vote Now! Vote Often!

Voting for the 7th Annual Northwest Meetings + Events Best of Awards is now live! It’s time to let your favorite vendors know just how much you appreciate them.

This year, voting is limited to one ballot per email address and voters must vote in at least 10 categories. The ballot has been prepopulated with past winners and nominees, as well as regional favorites, but feel free to write in your own! The ballot will be updated as new names are added. Voting ends May 19.

Here are a few categories you can vote for:

Best Meeting/Event Venue (No Hotel or Convention/Conference Center) – NEW CATEGORY
Best Meeting and Event Planning Company – NEW CATEGORY
Best Resort/Lodge with Meeting and Event Space – NEW CATEGORY
Best Winery/Brewery/Distillery with Event Space – NEW CATEGORY
Best Casino
Best Audio-Visual/Visual Presentation Provider
Best Entertainment Provider
Best Catering Company
Best Convention/Conference Venue
Best Event/Floral Décor Vendor
Best Hotel with Meeting Space: More than 200 rooms
Best Hotel with Meeting Space: Less than 200 rooms
Best Rental Service
Best Valet/Transportation Service

The winners will be announced at the annual Best of Awards Party to be held in October.

So, what are you waiting for? Get voting!!

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Melissa Jurcan, president of ILEA Seattle, penned a moving tribute to the hospitality industry for the Emerald City Applause Awards. Here is an abridged version.