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Awards & Testimonials

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Convention Services Awards

Gold Service Award, Meetings & Conventions magazine: 1985, 1994-1999 & 2004-2014
The Gold Service Award Program honors convention and visitors bureaus that have excelled in professionalism and dedication in their service to meeting professionals. The award is voted on by subscribers who are corporate and association meeting/convention planners.

In 2008, Visit Albuquerque was awarded its 12th Meetings and Conventions Gold Service Award, warranting induction into the Gold Service Hall of Fame.

Award of Excellence, Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine: 2001, 2004-2010 
Corporate & Incentive Travel’s Award of Excellence designates convention and visitors bureaus that best served corporate meetings and/or incentive travel executives/planners during the past year. Recipients are selected by a poll of the magazine’s readers.

Top Destination Award, Facilities & Destinations magazine: 2001 & 2006
The destination winners are selected through nominations by meeting/event planners and industry members. The Awards of Excellence are an annual recognition of cities and venues awarded for going above and beyond in delivering quality service to the convention/meeting industry.

Pinnacle Award, Successful Meetings magazine: 1996-2005 & 2007-2008, 2011, 2013-2014 
The Pinnacle Award program has earned a reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence. Visit Albuquerque’s Convention Services Division was recognized for their superior customer service.

Distinctive Achievement Award, Association Conventions Facilities magazine: 2009 & 2014
Bureaus chosen to receive this coveted honor were selected by the subscribers who voted for those that best served their association meetings during the past year.

Platinum Choice Award Smart Meetings magazine: 2013 & 2014
The winners are industry leaders and innovators that consistently exceed the standards and expectations of meeting planners and are nominated and voted by meeting planners and Smart Meetings editorial staff members.

Inner Circle Award, Association Meetings magazine: 1999 & 2001

Meeting Information Network, top five recognition for reporting: 2010

Association for Convention Operations Management (ACOM) Awards
  • Denise Suttle, Visit Albuquerque's Assistant Director of Convention Services was named the 2007 ACOM Member of the Year.
  • Visit Albuquerque's President/CEO Dale Lockett was awarded the 2004 ACOM  Executive Excellence Award. The award recognizes executives who “support staff participation in ACOM and quality assurance in the organization's convention service program, personally and consistently.” The award has been recognizing outstanding executives for the past 10 years.


Flamenco dancer by Visit Albuquerque"Everything was perfect in Albuquerque. It was with your extra efforts and countless phone calls that I knew we were in great hands. I will bring meetings back to Albuquerque just to see you again."
Amanda Armstrong,
Success Group International


 "I know you already know this- but I want to say it anyway- Martha and Bonnie are just the best- not only are they responsive, helpful and knowledgeable – they are also fun to be with!"
Bretta Beveridge,
National Charter Schools Conference


"Your professionalism and attitude towards your work are commendable. All the National Guard Association of the United States staff that worked with you during the National Guard Executive Directors Association and General conference had nothing but praise for the manner in which you helped and conducted yourself at all time."
Larry Cisneros,
Conference Coordinator, New Mexico National Guard Association
National Guard Association of the United States


"Thank you so much for all your efforts on our behalf throughout this process. It has been well above standard and sometimes “beyond the call of duty.”
Donna Munari,
American Medical Writers Association


You made my job easier and you made me look good!
Shari Lynn,
Meeting Planner


"You made our work so easy by sending our request for proposal not only to hotels, but also to companies that offer excursions. It was also apparent that you take good care of your members. You showed concern and followed up with one or two hotels from whom you expected we would have received proposals. This is just one example of the attention to detail that was your normal course of business."
Veronica Cordova & Christine Morganti,
National Association of Bar Executives Communication Section

"Everything was as you said it would be.
 Everything was perfect thanks to you. I appreciate all your help (being my eyes, my ears and making it happen) things went so smoothly. I almost felt guilty taking credit for having one of our best meetings."
Lyn Benedict,
International Cessna 170 Association