HBJ unveils 2011 hotels, event planner lists

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By: Diana McKinney, HBJ Research Department

International Meeting Managers Inc. has held onto top spot on the 2011 Houston Business Journal list of the area’s largest Houston-based independent meeting and event planners.

The meeting and event planners list appears exclusively in the May 5 print edition of HBJ, along with two other new lists ranking the top hotels and caterers in the region.Demeris-204

The meeting and event planners are ranked by total number of events planned in 2010, with International Meeting Managers finishing with 291 events, followed by Sullivan Group; Holiday Public Relations & Events LLC; Corporate Events & Occasions (CE&O) and Houston Event Planners Inc.

As for the hotels list, ranked by number of guest rooms, Hilton Americas – Houston retains top spot with 1,200 guest rooms. Hyatt Regency Houston, The Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks, Crowne Plaza Houston near Reliant/Medical Center and Houston Airport Marriott round out the Top 5.

Two new hotels have joined the list this year: Omni Houston Hotel Westside and Sheraton Houston Brookhollow, at No. 13 and No. 17 respectively.

Among catering companies, ranked by local gross sales, Jackson and Co. has moved into top spot this year with $8.4 million in gross sales, surpassing last year’s leader, City Kitchen Catering. French Corner Catering moved up to No. 3 from No. 5 a year ago, while A Fare Extraordinaire and Demeris Catering round out the Top 5.

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