by Northstar Meetings Group | January 13, 2020

With more than 250 convention centers available in the U.S., there is no shortage of options for event planners looking to host larger gatherings. To help discern the best among them, Northstar Meetings Group, the parent of M&C, has honored the following facilities with 2019 Stella Awards, which celebrate convention centers, hotels, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, convention and visitor bureaus, and destination management companies. The awards are determined by votes from our community of experienced meeting planners. Explore all 278 winners and finalists here.


GOLD: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Md.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center stands on the shores of the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md., just minutes over water from Washington, D.C. The 1,996-room property features 94 event rooms and more than 545,000 square feet of total meeting space. The resort can accommodate events for up to 10,000 people, and the signature 50,000-square-foot Potomac Ballroom offers a 4,300-square-foot theatrical stage. Plenty of shopping and dining awaits in the surrounding neighborhood, and attendees can hop on the Capital Wheel, a Ferris wheel offering views over the river to D.C. and beyond.

SILVER: Albany Capital Center, Albany, N.Y

Downtown in the seat of New York's state government, Stella voters chose the Albany Capital Center for its walkability to restaurants, galleries and museums. The facility holds up to 5,000 people, and features a 22,500-square-foot ballroom that can be used for exhibits, and has six meeting rooms and 13,500 square feet of prefunction space. The center is connected to the larger Empire State Plaza Convention Center, which hosts groups of up to 10,000; the Egg Performing Arts Center, which seats 980 and 450 in its two theaters; and the 15,500-seat Times Union Center arena.

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