Plano Accolades

Updated: 7/27/2022

Plano cherishes its quaint, historic beginnings yet embraces its modern, cutting-edge transformation, making it one of the best places to live in the United States, according to CNN Money Magazine and AreaVibes; America’s safest city, according to Forbes; and arguably one of the best places to visit and do business. View our list below of Plano’s recent accolades.

2022

Plano Hotel Accolades

  • Ninth Hardest Working City in America by WalletHub.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the following hotels as part of their ranking of the Best Hotels in Texas: Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park (#56), Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West (#87), Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center (#146), Sandman Signature Plano-Frisco Hotel (#225), NYLO Dallas Plano Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (#271), and Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Plano/Richardson (#366).

2021

Plano hotel accolades

Visit Plano awards

  • Visit Plano won a Bronze HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International) Adrian Award in the Integrated Marketing Campaign division for their 2021 Taste of Plano campaign.
  • Visit Plano honored with five first place “People’s Choice” Idea Fair awards by the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.
  • Visit Plano & Plano Event Center honored with 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards from ConventionSouth magazine. 

2020

Plano hotel accolades

Visit Plano awards

  • Visit Plano has been honored with five first place “People’s Choice” Idea Fair awards by the Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus.
  • Visit Plano & Plano Event Center are 7x winners of the ConventionSouth Magazine Readers’ Choice Award.

2019

Visit Plano awards

  • Visit Plano received a Bronze Telly Award for Social Video: Culture & Lifestyle and a Bronze Telly Award for Social Video: Food & Beverage.
  • Visit Plano received first place in Tourism Promotion for its Plano Insiders blog, first place in Local Awareness for its Influencer Social Media Takeovers, and first place in National Travel & Tourism Week for its Happy in Plano campaign at the Texas Association Convention & Visitor Bureau’s Idea Fair. In addition, Visit Plano took home second place in Video for That’s Tempting, and a Judges’ Choice award for National Travel & Tourism Week.
  • Visit Plano’s SMERF & Government Sales Manager, Blaire Zahn, received her Texas Destination Marketer from the Texas Association Convention & Visitor Bureaus.
  • Visit Plano Executive Director, Mark Thompson, received the prestigious Marion Szurek Legacy Award from the Texas Association Convention & Visitor Bureaus.
  • Visit Plano received a Gold Adrian Award for their That’s Tempting campaign and a Silver Adrian Award for their Pooch Perfect PR pitch from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International.

2018

Visit Plano awards

  • Visit Plano received the James Farrell Award of Excellence presented by USA Softball for hosting two of their highest rated championships, the 2018 USA Softball 16-U GOLD Nationals and the 2018 USA Softball 18-U GOLD Nationals in July 2018.
  • Visit Plano won People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice for Best Tourism Promotion at the Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (TACVB) Annual Conference for the #PlanoPup campaign. Visit Plano also won the People’s Choice award for Advertising, the People’s Choice award for Website Design, and the Judge’s Choice award for Website Design in their respective budget category.
  • Visit Plano & Plano Event Center were awarded the ConventionSouth magazine Readers’ Choice Award for the fifth consecutive year.

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2011

  • Second Most Educated city by Men’s Health magazine.
  • The Happiest City by Men’s Health magazine.
  • The Most Tech-Friendly City by Men’s Health magazine.
  • Third Best City for Men by Men’s Health magazine.
  • Fifteenth city with the Most Brain Power by the Business Journal.
  • Tenth Most Inventive City by The Daily Beast.
  • Eleventh Best Place to Live by Businessweek.
  • Best Place to Live in America by AreaVibes.
  • Top 20 Longest-Living Cities by The Daily Beast.
  • Voted Most Family-Friendly City by the readers of DallasChild magazine.
  • Forbes ranked Plano #20 in America’s 25-Best Performing Cities.
  • Forbes ranked Plano the Safest City in America.

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