By Rich Beattie
July 17, 2014

SMITTY video from Cubavera on Vimeo.

What’s better than a Twitter chat? Actually talking, face-to-face—with no concern over character limits. Which is why, every year, T+L celebrates our Social Media in Travel + Tourism (SMITTY) Awards—recognizing the travel industry’s best work on social platforms—by making them truly social, with a party celebrating the winners.

So, for the 3rd consecutive year, SMITTY winners tumbled into New York, and T+L went all out. Last week, we hosted a party on the roof of Manhattan's Refinery Hotel, in the shadow of the Empire State Building.

Winners flew in from as far away as Singapore. Three of our judges came, too: Jason Clampet of Skift, Travis Katz of Gogobot, and Renee Blodgett of We Blog the World. And one of the SMITTY champs, Cubavera (also one of the party’s sponsors), put together the great video above showcasing some of the night’s highlights.

We’re already looking forward to another fun SMITTY Awards party next summer. You could say we’re pinning our hopes on it.

Rich Beattie is T+L's Executive Digital Editor