SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Northstar Meetings Group and its leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, today announced the 2018 recipients of the 2nd Annual Stella Awards. A total of 294 organizations from around the globe were honored for consistently delivering quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals. The list of winners, finalists and their profiles can be found at NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com/Stellas.
Nearly 10,000 votes were cast from around the world for the 532 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated in 18 categories in six regions in the United States and worldwide, spotlighting the very best hotels, convention centers, conference centers, convention and visitor bureaus, destination marketing organizations, destination management companies, airlines and cruise lines. Winners were recognized for achieving overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience.
"A Stella Award is the finest symbol of excellence for suppliers in the meetings industry," said Lori Cioffi, senior vice president and chief content director for the Northstar Meetings Group. "Meeting planning is a methodical process, and attention to detail is a critical factor for success. We've brought that ethic to the Stella Awards. It's a competitive, year-long nomination and evaluation process to identify and honor excellence in the meetings industry. This year's winners are a stellar class."
"Kudos go to the winners for being recognized by such a broad community of planners," said David Blansfield, executive vice president and group publisher for Northstar Meetings Group. "The real value of the Stellas, though, is not just to those who are being recognized for their excellence, but to the tens of thousands of other planners who look to their peers for recommendations and advice. If you want to go with the best, the Stellas truly provide an objective, curated and credible majority view."
After nominations closed in April 2018, finalists in each category were determined by meeting planners during an open voting period during which nearly 10,000 unique votes were tallied. Winners were then selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.
To discover this year's Stella Award winners or to learn more about the awards program, please visit https://www.NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com/Stellas. In addition, all Stella Award winners and finalists are featured in a special supplement in the November 2018 issues of Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings. Non-subscribers can receive a copy by contacting [email protected].
To nominate your organization for a 2019 Stella Award, visit the Stella Awards website http://www.Stella-Awards.com and submit your entry by April 19, 2019. Organizations must enter to be eligible and may submit nominations in any relevant categories.
About Northstar Meetings Group
Northstar Meetings Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the business meetings, events, sports and incentives market, including full-time and part-time meeting planners, as well as corporate, association, sports and not-for-profit decision-makers, and incentive professionals, facilitating their professional development and achievement of business goals. Its influential brands – Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive and SportsTravel – currently serve over 350,000 active meeting and event planners and incentive professionals, across an integrated suite of data, digital, events and print products. For more information, please visit NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com.
About Northstar Travel Group
Northstar is the owner of well-known brands including Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Business Travel News, Successful Meetings, Meetings & Conventions, Travel Weekly China, Incentive, M&C China, and Web in Travel. The company produces more than 75 face-to-face events in 13 countries in retail travel, hospitality, corporate travel, travel technology, and the meetings industry. In addition, Northstar owns Phocuswright, the leading research, business intelligence, and event producer serving the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, online travel distribution. Northstar is also the majority shareholder in Inntopia, the leading SaaS e-commerce software, CRM database marketing and predictive analytics business serving the mountain destination, activities, and specialty destination travel markets.
Based in Secaucus, NJ, the company also has offices in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Winston-Salem, NC; Stowe, VT; Lombard, IL, and global offices in Singapore, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Northstar Travel Group is owned by funds managed by EagleTree Capital.
SOURCE Northstar Travel Group