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DANA POINT, CALIF. – October 13, 2014 – The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel was recognized with the 2014 Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings magazine. This prestigious award recognizes excellence in service and amenities among meeting hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Out of thousands of qualified properties and organizations, only 192 were selected this year. Winners earn this recognition by setting exemplary standards in a range of categories, including ambience, amenities, breadth of resources, facility quality, guest services, meeting space, meeting packages, recreational activities, restaurant and dining facilities, and technical support. The honorees are chosen by Smart Meetings readers, with additional input from editors and industry experts.

“On behalf of the staff of The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, we are very proud to be recognized by Smart Meetings with the Platinum Choice Award,” says Director of Sales & Marketing Shannon Gilbert. “The resort just celebrated its 30th Anniversary and it is truly an honor to be recognized by our customers and leaders in the meetings industry. All of the ladies and gentlemen of the resort strive every day to provide the highest level of service to our guests and this award showcases our continued commitment to quality and service,” she added.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers nearly 30,000 square feet of meeting, conference and banquet function space. With eighteen unique meeting rooms, the resort can accommodate gatherings ranging in size from ten to 700. The Pacific Promenade is a stand-alone ballroom that offers guests sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and 5,400 square feet of unobstructed space. The resort’s indoor meeting space is complemented by nearly 54,000 square feet of incredible outdoor space featuring garden courtyards, pool terraces, and expansive lawns with memorable views of the Pacific Ocean. Visit for additional information.