MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – November 18, 2014 – Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at Kingston Resorts, an oceanfront resort complex in Myrtle Beach, has received the prestigious Gold Key Award for 2014. For more than 30 years, this annual award has been leading the industry recognizing the world’s finest meeting properties.

All winners of this award of excellence were nominated and selected by the professional meeting planner readers of Meetings & Convention magazine, who based their votes on the overall professionalism and quality of the property. This year, 151 domestic and 17 international hotels and resorts were honored as Gold Key winners – by this distinct audience. Meeting planners selected their winning properties based on strict industry criteria including: staff attitude; quality of meeting rooms; quality of guest services; food and beverage service; proficiency of handling reservations; availability of technical/support equipment and range of recreational facilities.

“We have been included in the Gold Key awards for more than 10 years, and we’re thrilled to be included once again,” said Bob Barenberg, managing director. “Clearly, the decision makers are a very knowledgeable group of meeting professionals, and we know the judging is extremely difficult. We are very proud of our staff and beautiful facility to be selected among the very best.”

“The 2014 Gold Key winners have met these tough standards through their dedication and by providing outstanding service,” said Kirk Lewis, Meetings & Conventions publisher. “The entire M&C staff commends the properties that have demonstrated the qualities and commitment to earn the Gold Key distinction.”

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