April 27, 2017
Northstar Meetings Group is pleased to announce the establishment of The Stella Awards, recognizing organizations worldwide that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.

The Stella Awards ("Stella" is "star" in Latin) consolidate Meetings & Conventions' Gold Awards and Successful Meetings' Pinnacle Awards into a new, comprehensive program in which finalists are established via online voting and winners judged by an expert panel of industry professionals.

Eligible organizations include hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMO/CVBs, and DMCs vying for honors in 18 categories and 6 regions which celebrate overall excellence, superb food & beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience. Finalists in each category will be determined by industry professionals during an open voting period, while Stella Award winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.

"We decided it was time to take a new approach to how excellence in the meetings industry is identified and celebrated," said Lori Cioffi, Senior Vice President/Chief Content Director, Northstar Meetings Group. "By leveraging our new online platform, our extensive database, a robust judging process, and the enthusiasm meeting planners have for the destinations, hotels, and other service providers who have supported them, we hope our process will shine a light on the truly outstanding organizations in our industry."
 
"Planners rely on their peers for recommendations. Accessibility, facilities, staff, service, activities are always changing in our industry. By tapping into the broadest possible universe of planners annually and curating their choices, the Stella Awards represent a timely, credible approach to identifying and honoring excellence in meetings and business events," said David Blansfield, Executive Vice President, Northstar Meetings Group.

The Stella Awards are open for entries until May 26, 2017. Organizations must enter to be eligible, and may submit nominations in any of the 18 categories that are relevant to their business and/or regional presences.