Meeting Professionals Begin Voting for Inaugural Stella Awards

Meeting Professionals Begin Voting for Inaugural Stella Awards


Contact: David Blansfield
Executive Vice President & Group Publisher
201.902.1901 |

SECAUCUS, NJ (June 22, 2017) – Voting for the Stella Awards ( opened on Monday, June 19th and more than 1,000 votes were cast by business event professionals within the first 36 hours, letting the industry know which partners have helped them deliver the best meetings and event experiences for their attendees.

“We know from our research that planners value and trust the opinions of their peers. What better way for planners to say 'thank you' to suppliers who have helped them pull off a flawless affair than to spread the word to their fellow business event professionals,” said Lori Cioffi, Senior Vice President and Director of Content for the Northstar Meetings Group. "Voting for their preferred suppliers in the Stella Awards telegraphs to others that a site or service was exceptional; it’s the stamp of planner approval. We anticipate that event professionals will turn to the Stella winners, chosen by planners for planners, for their future meeting needs."

The Stella Awards consolidate Meetings & Conventions’ Gold Awards and Successful Meetings’ Pinnacle Awards into a new, comprehensive program in which finalists are established via online voting.

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, and Stella Award winners will be selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the content team of Northstar Meetings Group’s leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.

The Stella Awards (#TheStellaAwards) are open for public voting until July 24, 2017.

For more information, or to vote for your favorite partners, please visit


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. Our influential brands—Meetings & ConventionsSuccessful MeetingsMeeting NewsAssociation NewsIncentive, and Sports Travel —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