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ABOUT THE STELLAS

What are the Stella Awards?
The Stella Awards recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMO/CVBs, and DMCs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals. Honors will be awarded in 18 categories celebrating 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 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.

How are Regions defined?

  • Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C.
  • Southeast: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee. 
  • Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Southwest: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah
  • Far West: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming
  • International and U.S. Territories:  In addition to other overseas destinations, international includes Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

What happened to the Gold & Pinnacle Awards?
Northstar Meetings Group has revamped its business events awards programs, consolidating Meetings & Conventions’ Gold Awards and Successful Meetings’ Pinnacle Awards into a new meetings industry awards program: The Stella Awards.

 

JUDGING

Who are the judges?
The Stella Awards judges are a select jury of meetings profsessionals chosen by the editorial staff of Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.

How are the judges selected?
The Stella Awards judges will be selected by the editorial staff of Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings based on the breadth of their experience, and interest in participating in the process to recognize and honor organizations that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.

How does the judging process work?
Judges will access the supporting materials from the finalists in each category online, and will use a point system to rate the merits of each entry. Entries with the highest cumulative ratings will be selected as the winners.

What criteria will the judges use to evaluate finalists’ submissions?
The Stella Awards judges will evaluate each finalist’s application, including supporting materials, based solely on the strengths of their submissions in relation to the other finalists in the respective category.

When will the judges pick The Stella Awards winners?
Judging will be completed by August 25, 2017.

Will the judges' comments be made public?
The unique qualities of each winner will be described in aggregate based on the judges collective commentary.

 

PLANNER VOTING

Who can vote?
Voting will be open, via registration only, to meetings and events professionals across industries, including readers of Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, and Meeting News.

Do planners need to pay a fee to vote?
No, voting is free.

How does the voting process work? 
Finalists in each category will be determined by industry professionals during an open voting period online at http://stella-awards.com, while 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.

What criteria will voters use?
Voters will be encouraged to choose their favorite nominees based on overall excellence, professionalism, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience.

When does planner voting start?
Voting will open on June 19, 2017.

When does planner voting close?
Voting will close on July 24, 2017.

Can someone vote multiple times?
Registered voters will be able to vote for one nominee per category or region.

How will voting be promoted?
Voting will be promoted via Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, and Meeting News across print, email, social, and online channels.

Can nominees promote themselves to drive votes?
Yes, we highly encourage nominees to promote themselves and will provide tips and resources to help them get the word out to their own audiences.

When and how will finalists be notified?
Finalists will be notified after public voting closes on July 24, 2017.

 

THE ENTRY PROCESS

Who is eligible to enter? 
The 2017 Stella Awards are open to hotels, resorts, convention centers, conference centers, convention & visitor bureaus (CVBs), destination marketing organizations (DMOs), destination management companies (DMCs), airlines, and cruise lines. Organizations may submit single or multiple entries. 

Why is there an entry fee? 
Entry fees will be used to defray the expenses of the judging, marketing, communications and other costs involved with The Stella Awards.

How much is the entry fee? 
EARLY BIRD
Enter by May 19, 2017:  First entry: $59. Additional entries: $19. Unlimited entries (4 or more): $109
STANDARD
After May 19, 2017:  $79 for the first entry, $39 for each additional entry, $179 for unlimited entries (4 or more).

IMPORTANT: All entry fees must be paid in full before entries will be eligible for judging. 

Which payment methods are available? 
Payment may be made by credit card, check, or wire transfer. We accept American Express, Mastercard, Discover and Visa.  Payment by check must be made in U.S. dollars by check or draft drawn on a U.S. bank payable to Northstar Travel Media, LLC. Non-U.S. bank checks will be returned. Please note the name of the entering organization on your check or draft.

Send checks to:
Attn: The Stella Awards
Northstar Travel Media, LLC
100 Lighting Way
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Can I receive an invoice? 
Once your submission fee is paid in full, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to a receipt in PDF format. You will also have access to your invoices/receipts under “My Account” when logged in to The Stella Awards site. 

Can I withdraw my entry? Will I get a refund? 
You may withdraw your entry any time prior to the planner vote on June 19, 2017. However, all entry fees are non-refundable. 

How do I enter? 
Your first step to entering the 2017 Stella Awards is to create an online registration form and select which categories you would like to enter. You will then be prompted to submit supporting information and to confirm your proposed entry or entries. Once you have confirmed your submission(s) you will be prompted to pay the relevant fee(s). 

What are the deadline date(s)?
The nomination period will close on May 26, 2017.

Where can I submit an entry? 
All entries must be submitted online at http://stella-awards.com. We will not accept submissions in any other format. 

Which category should I enter?
Organizations can nominate themselves in any of the 18 categories that are relevant to their business and/or regional presence.

Can I enter more than one category? 
Yes, a single entity can enter multiple relevant categories. There are discounted entry fees for doing so. 

Am I allowed to submit multiple entries in one category? 
Yes, you may submit different entries into the same category as long as each entry meets the category parameters.

Is there a discounted entry fee for multiple entries or categories? 
Enter the Stella Awards by May 19, 2017 to receive a discounted early bird entry fee of $59 for the first entry, $19 for each additional entry, and $109 for unlimited entries. After May 19th, 2017, the fee is $79 for the first entry, $39 for each additional entry, and $179 for unlimited entries.

Does entering multiple categories increase/decrease my chances of winning?
Applicants may enter multiple categories as appropriate, thus increasing the chances of winning a Stella Award. If an applicant is entered into multiple categories, it may win multiple times.  

 

WINNING AN AWARD

When will winners be announced?
Winners will be announced November 6, 2017. Winners and finalists will be featured online and in the November 2017 issues of Successful MeetingsMeetings & Conventions and MeetingNews.

How many winners will there be?
There will be 80 total winners across 18 categories. Four categories will have Global winners, while the other 14 will have one winner for each region.

What do winners receive?
All winners will receive a personalized Stella Award from Northstar Meetings Group.

How will the winners be promoted?
Northstar Meetings Group will publish a special supplement celebrating the finalists and winners to be distributed with the November issues of Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings, including editorial coverage online and in social media offering personalized press releases to finalists and winners.


CELEBRATING AN AWARD

How can winners promote their award(s)?
Northstar Meetings Group will publish a special supplement to be distributed with the November issues of Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings which will include promotional opportunities for finalists and winners. Additionally, a full suite of related online and email opportunities will be available.


MISCELLANEOUS

How can I receive updates about the awards?
Northstar Meetings Group will keep all nominees and registered voters updated throughout the voting and judging process, including the announcement of winners. Anyone else interested in keeping in touch can send an email to stellas@ntmllc.com and you will be added to our notification list.

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