2018 Stella Award Winners: Best CVB/DMO

Acting as an extension of the planner's team, CVBs and DMOs offer their local knowledge and tailored services, often at no cost.

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Meeting planning can be a daunting proposition—but it doesn't have to be. Convention & Visitor Bureaus (CVBs) and Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) join forces with planners on everything from site inspections and pre-promotion to permits and special event locations. Acting as an extension of the planner's team, CVBs and DMOs offer their local knowledge and tailored services, often at no cost -- meaning that planners save time and money. These Stella Award-winning organizations are your guides to great destinations, ensuring your event is a seamless success from start to finish.

Best CVB/DMO

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NORTHEAST

Meet AC

Gold Winner, Northeast

Atlantic City is going through an exciting revitalization period and Meet AC, the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Bureau, is dedicated to giving its clients the best service and experience while meeting in AC. Meet AC has reported another record year booking a total of 255 meetings and conventions representing 313,451 future hotel rooms nights. Reaching over 883,993 future convention delegates having a projected economic impact of more than $348 million. Meet AC also partnered with YouVisit to create a virtual reality experience showcasing what the Atlantic City's convention scene has to offer from the comfort of your chair.

Visit Baltimore
Silver Winner, Northeast 

Baltimore offers an immersive meeting experience that extends far beyond the convention center walls. The waterfront city has experienced one of the largest millennial booms in the nation and the resurgence is vibrantly visible throughout the city's eclectic neighborhoods, marked by new hotels, food halls, breweries and boutiques popping up around every corner. Visit Baltimore knows today's traveler wants authentic experiences that balance education and business with a taste of the city which is why they work to curate custom and unique offerings.

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bronze Winner, Northeast 

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New England charm, easy accessibility and incredible restaurants set Providence, R.I., apart. The jewel of Southern New England, Providence is flush with world-class innovative restaurants, ample hotel space and eclectic shopping. Known as "The Creative Capital," Providence is perfect for meetings and conventions and was named "One of the 10 Nicest Places in America" by Reader's Digest. Nearby Warwick offers additional hotels, 39 miles of coastline, golf courses and shopping.

SOUTHEAST

Visit Orlando
Gold Winner, Southeast

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Ranked Cvent's No. 1 Meetings Destination for three years in a row, Orlando sets the standard for one-of-a-kind meetings and events with unmatched service and hospitality. As the largest DMO in the region, Visit Orlando offers the highest level of sales, service and planner support with a range of innovative tools including custom microsites, marketing/attendance-building programs, exhibitor assistance, and in-market support. Visit Orlando provides partnership and community to help you achieve your goals by creating a truly memorable meeting experience.

Visit St. Pete / Clearwater
Silver Winner, Southeast

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A meeting or incentive program just feels different in St. Pete/Clearwater. Here on Florida's sun-soaked west coast, award-winning beaches brush up against a sea of recreational and cultural treasures that will tempt any attendee to extend their stay. Ready to visit? Let the area's destination specialists arrange your site inspection so that you don't miss a thing. You are personally welcomed to a place where the business forecast is always sunny and Visit St. Pete / Clearwater is on hand to help you plan the perfect meeting from start to finish.

Visit Raleigh
Bronze Winner, Southeast

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Raleigh, North Carolina is widely regarded as one of the brainiest cities in the U.S., thanks to a thriving tech-based economy and strong educational assets. For meeting organizers here, the idea is to simplify planning and expand outreach opportunities, harnessing local experts to create a meaningful, multi-dimensional event scape. Visit Raleigh extends its own expertise to help planners enrich their events when hosting them in Raleigh, often bringing area passionate minds and their products into the mix to energize attendees in new and original ways.

MIDWEST

Visit Indy
Gold Winner, Midwest

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As USA Today's "No. 1 Convention City in the U.S.," Indianapolis offers a strategically designed convention district set in the heart of a vibrant downtown with dining, shopping and entertainment within walking distance. Eclectic neighborhoods and picturesque gathering places provide the ideal setting for successful events. Visit Indy staff are dedicated to assisting planners from the RFP process through the event and beyond, showcasing Hoosier hospitality and signature service. 

Catch Des Moines
Silver Winner, Midwest

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Millions of people travel to Greater Des Moines to experience meetings, conventions and events — there were 13.7 million visitors in 2016 alone. Catch Des Moines prioritizes excellent service; there are no room night goals, allowing the focus to be engagement and identifying customer's success strategies. Staff has been realigned, doubling the size of the service team. This change allows for customized, authentic service to event organizers gathering in Des Moines.

SOUTHWEST

Visit Phoenix
Gold Winner, Southwest

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Visit Phoenix goes above and beyond to ensure every meeting planner feels like a member of the team. Downtown has a vibe all its own, with a trendy yet unpretentious ambiance that's accessible to all. The result is an eclectic mix of independent coffee shops, restaurants, bars, music venues and art galleries, creating an inspiring atmosphere that fuels team collaboration and fresh ideas. From the convention center, a short walk, pedi-cab ride or light rail jaunt will bring you to some of Phoenix's favorite hotspots. Downtown's 30-acre Phoenix Biomedical Campus has made the city an up-and-coming center for medical research and innovation.

Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Silver Winner, Southwest

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With an at-your-service attitude for providing VIP treatment to groups large and small, Irving, Texas, presents planners with more than 75 hotels, 12,000 rooms, 200,000 square feet of meeting space and a mega visitor's district. Located in the heart of Irving's business district is the $133 million architecturally stunning Irving Convention Center. When business is done, fun takes center stage at the $165 million Toyota Music Factory, an entertainment-anchored development, which includes an 8,000-seat concert hall, more than 20 restaurants and live music year-round.

Visit Park City

Bronze Winner, Southwest

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Park City, Utah, one of the most accessible mountain meeting destinations, is located a short 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport. Park City includes 25-plus meetings properties, world-class resorts, award-winning restaurants and historic charm. Alongside the spectacular views, attendees enjoy unrivaled recreational experiences and unique off-site venues. Visit Park City's group team offers personalized help in all facets of the meeting planning process—from lodging recommendations, site visits and special activity ideas.

FAR WEST

San Diego Tourism Authority
Gold Winner, Far West

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San Diego's unique blend of outdoor lifestyle, sunsoaked beaches and dynamic city experience creates an unparalleled balance of relaxation and excitement. San Diego Tourism Authority leads the industry with innovative programs and a clear vision designed to create the highest level of service for meeting planners and inspire them to bring events to San Diego. Through its laid-back, friendly and refreshingly down-to-earth attitude, this is a destination that more than shines, it inspires optimism and positivity.

Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
Silver Winner, Far West

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Long Beach, California may initially catch the eyes of meeting planners because of its Southern California location, but the team at the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau is what captures their admiration. The LBCVB goes above and beyond what is expected and consistantly wins top honors for its white glove approach to facilitating the needs of clients. From collaborating with hotels, venues and city staff to create a seamless experience, to using the power of social media to assist in event promotion, the LBCVB is known for its extraordinary customer service.
  

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau / Meet Hawaii
Bronze Winner, Far West

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Meeting planners count on the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau to bring their events to life in a destination that feeds creativity and productivity and sends attendees home better than ever. The award-winning Meet Hawaii team within HVCB shortcuts the process for planners on any of the unique and dramatic Hawaiian Islands. Development of site inspection trips, microsites, support collateral and education on the cultural nuances of doing business in Hawai'i is the organization's kuleana (responsibility). Aloha is the way of life.

INTERNATIONAL & U.S. TERRITORIES

Aruba Convention Bureau
Gold Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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There is a reason why meeting planners bring their clients back to Aruba again and again: The Aruba Convention Bureau is the top resource for meeting planners looking to create an unforgettable experience, helping planners every step of the way with guidance and insider perspective. The team's synergy with its partners helps bridge the gap between planners and suppliers so that meaningful, human connections are made—resulting in the best experience for everyone. Truly "One Happy Island," Aruba is an unforgettable destination for meetings and incentives.

Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau
Silver Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau provides a broad spectrum of complimentary planning and logistical services for clients. The organization serves as the dedicated liaison between clients and the destination — ensuring the client navigation and organization of the planning process of their next event. Put simply, SCIB always gives 110 percent so that planners can produce a successful event of the highest quality and, most importantly, a memorable experience for their clients.

Monaco Government Tourist Office
Bronze Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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The Monaco Government Tourist Office has long been dedicated to the meeting and incentive sector, assisting planners and marketers with tools to well understand the iconic destination, and how to select the right property for the program based on size, budget and program goals. Destination expertise and individualized attention are tailored to the needs of each client. The goal is for every meeting and incentive to be the most memorable one.

Get your company's name in the running for next year and nominate your organization for a 2019 Stella Award. Don't delay, early bird nominations close March 22nd.