Kingston Plantation Earns 11th Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine and Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – (August 10, 2011)Kingston Plantation received its 11th Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings magazine. The resort is one of only two Myrtle Beach conference facilities to earn the award. The awards are considered one of the most prestigious recognitions in the meetings and conventions industry. The 2011 Pinnacle Awards recognize excellence by identifying the convention and visitor bureaus, hotels and conference centers that set the standard for others to follow.

The annual Pinnacle Awards are based on surveys from meeting and convention planners across the country. The survey asks respondents to select sites and destinations based on quality and services. Awarded hotel properties are selected based on meeting space, room design, audio visual services, flexible food and beverage scheduling and quality, and overall package pricing. The Pinnacle Awards have been in existence since 1984.

“It’s great to receive this award for the 11th year in a row,” says Bob Barenberg, managing director/general manager of Kingston Plantation. “These awards are voted on by professional meeting planners and are based on real experiences by the top professionals in our field.”

Additionally, Embassy Suites, located in Kingston Plantation, received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor. The award is based on guest ratings, and the Myrtle Beach oceanfront resort was rated by more than 100 people as excellent.

Kingston Plantation and the adjacent Kingston Shores are owned by FelCor Lodging Trust, Inc. These Myrtle Beach resorts offer a Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, an Embassy Suites Hotel and a variety of condominiums, townhomes and villas all located along the famous Grand Strand. Guests at both properties can enjoy access to recreational facilities including a 50,000 square-foot Sport & Health Club with indoor and outdoor pools; lit tennis courts, pro shop and state-of-the-art fitness equipment; Splash!, an oceanfront waterpark and lazy river; Rees Jones-designed Arcadian Shores Golf Course; and a host of seasonal activities for adults and children. For more information, call+1 800 876 0010 or visit kingstonplantation.com or kingstonshores.com.

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About Hilton Hotels & Resorts

One of the most recognized names in the industry, Hilton Hotels & Resorts stands as the stylish, forward thinking global leader in hospitality. From inaugural balls and Hollywood award galas to business events and days to remember, Hilton is where the world makes history, closes the deal, toasts special occasions and gets away from it all. The flagship brand of Hilton Worldwide continues to build upon its legacy of innovation by developing products and services to meet the needs of tomorrow’s savvy global travelers while more than 144,000 Team Members shape experiences in which every guest feels cared for, valued and respected. Today, the Hilton Hotels & Resorts portfolio includes more than 540 hotels in 76 countries and the brand remains synonymous with “hotel.” Access the latest Hilton news at www.hiltonglobalmediacenter.com or begin your journey at www.hilton.com. Social media users can engage with Hilton at www.twitter.com/hiltononline, www.facebook.com/hilton and www.youtube.com/hilton. Hilton Hotels & Resorts is one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

About Hilton Worldwide

Hilton Worldwide is the leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 92 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,700 hotels and 610,000 rooms in 82 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. For more information about the company, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com

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