by Josh Lieberman & Alison Golub | January 29, 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 Convention Center. Below is just a sampling of the Best Convention Center 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.
 
Stella Awards Showcase: Best Convention Center

 
Gone are the days of the boring, big-box convention center. Today's preferred venues feature fully customizable spaces and bold designs. These Stella Award-winning venues showcase everything from LEED certification and gourmet culinary options to state-of-the-art WiFi and walkable, campus-like environments -- complete with hotels, dining and entertainment just a stone's throw from the front door.
 
Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

Best Convention Center, Southwest
 
As one of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind, the 275,000 square-foot, $133 million Irving Convention Center in Texas takes a bold direction in a landscape of traditional big box centers. The ability to move fluidly within spaces has guided the center's design as much as a respect for the environment. The Silver LEED-certified facility has earned 15 architectural and service awards and addresses the environmental standards required by so many organizations today.
 
Hawaii Convention Center

Best Convention Center, Far West
Description
 
The Hawaii Convention Center combines the modern requirements of a state-of-the-art meeting facility with the beauty, comfort and culture that are uniquely Hawaii. The facility's bold open-air architecture captures Hawaii's sense of place and the perfect blend of East and West, traditional culture and high technology.
 
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Best Convention Center, Northeast
 
The only waterfront resort in the Washington, D.C., region, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is located eight miles from downtown D.C. in National Harbor, Md. The resort features 1,996 guest rooms, a variety of dining experiences, an award-winning resort spa and more under a signature 19-story glass atrium.