The SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) was announced as the second consecutive gold Stella Award winner by Northstar Meetings Group in the highly coveted Best Convention Center in the Midwest region category.
“The Stella Awards program is the first in the meetings industry to combine public, planner voting and third-party, objective planner judging,” said David Blansfield, executive vice president and group publisher. “To be a Stella winner indicates that a provider’s product is the best of the best, a shining star in the meetings industry.”
Nearly 10,000 votes were cast for the providers nominated in 18 categories in six regions worldwide.
Northstar Meetings Group is the publisher of Successful Meetings, Incentive, Meeting News, Meetings & Conventions, SportsTravel and TEAMS.
“We are proud that our facility is receiving the Stella Award for the second year in a row and are honored by the accolade,” said GCCC General Manager John R. Page.
The Greater Columbus Convention Center is located in downtown Columbus and owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and managed by SMG.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 243 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 19 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide.
Visit www.columbusconventions.com and www.smgworld.com for more information.