by Josh Lieberman & Alison Golub | February 26, 2018

Northstar Meetings Group is proud to present the winners of our inaugural Stella Awards, which recognize organizations worldwide that deliver the greatest possible service to meetings and events professionals. The awards celebrate critical aspects of the event experience across 18 different categories among six regions, including food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, green initiatives and more.

We will feature a weekly showcase of 2017 Stella Award winners from each category. This week we showcase the Best destination management company. Below is just a sampling of the Best DMC winners that stood out to the expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar Meetings Group's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings. Finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals during an open voting period; you can view all winners and finalists here.

As we congratulate and celebrate our 2017 winners, nominations have opened for the 2018 Stella Awards. We invite you to nominate deserving industry suppliers to be considered for next year's honors. Stay tuned for open voting in the coming months.

Best DMC

Meeting planners have a lot on their plate, which is why destination management companies prove invaluable when it comes to saving time and money. DMCs are destination experts who boast a comprehensive range of services and local connections. These Stella-Award winning DMCs serve as an extension of the planner's team and offer insights and assistance from start to finish -- with everything from venue selections to local transportation to restaurants and entertainment. Whether it's a citywide convention or an intimate incentive, these DMCs offer value through preferential services, on-the-ground support and logistical expertise.

Koncept Events
Best DMC (Southeast)

The second-largest DMC in Florida, Koncept Events takes pride in using creativity and innovation to create experiences that are anything but ordinary. They strive to be a partner to clients, not just a vendor, and bring fresh ideas and an active voice to the planning table.

Best DMC (Northeast)

Founded in 1969, ACCESS combines the knowledge and intimacy of a local, owner-operated DMC with the diversity and efficiency of a 45-year strong global brand. ACCESS's offices in the Northeast bring a combined total of over 55 years of excellence in destination management experience to the region.