2018 Stella Award Winners: Best DMC

Meeting planners have a lot on their plate, which is why destination management companies prove so valuable when it comes to saving time and money.

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An Amstar DMC event

Meeting planners have a lot on their plate, which is why destination management companies prove so valuable 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 winners of the 2nd Annual Stella Awards offer value through preferential services, on-the-ground support and logistical expertise.  

Best DMCs

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AlliedPRA - New England Region

Gold Winner, Northeast

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For more than four decades, AlliedPRA New England has been creating unmatched local destination experiences for corporate meetings, incentive trips and business events in over 150 markets in North America. AlliedPRA New England Region crafts destination experiences to deliver unforgettable moments with the best people in the business—industry accredited, highly creative and truly dedicated, with unsurpassed knowledge and valuable connections to their local markets.

Briggs, An AlliedPRA Company
Gold Winner, Northeast

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Briggs, An Allied PRA Company, delivers New York savvy events and destination management. For over 35 years, the dedicated team continues to lead the industry by providing peerless service, strong leadership and unexpected creativity. From gala nights on Liberty Island enhanced with fireworks, to tickets to a hit Broadway show with a talkback with the cast member—Briggs shows a world of experience showing NYC to the world. The company is a passionate, proud and welcoming ambassador delivering dreams and experiences of this great city.

Silver Winner, Northeast

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ACCESS's offices in the Northeast bring a combined total of over 85 years of excellence in destination management experience to the region. Personnel continue to be actively engaged as senior board members in multiple DMC-focused organizations, such as the International Live Events Association (founding members), NYC & Company and the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI). Team members have been recognized with numerous awards for outstanding achievement in the industry.

Hosts Washington D.C.
Bronze Winner, Northeast

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Hosts DC is a local expert for planning and executing events in the Nation's Capital. It offers full-service destination management solutions and creates memorable guest experiences, showcasing the best that Washington, D.C. and Baltimore have to offer. The destination-savvy and established sales and operations teams mitigate risks and maximize buying power, which guarantees success and savings for clients. Most importantly, Hosts DC is passionate about its work, providing fun and stellar service in the Northeast.


Koncept Events
Gold Winner, Southeast

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A proud winner of the 2017 Stella Award for Best DMC, Southeast, Koncept Events is back to take home the Gold this year! KE is the second-largest DMC in Florida with 40 employees planning throughout the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. Operating outside the franchise model means KE can guarantee the same experience wherever you go. KE operates an 11,000-square-foot warehouse with its own inventory,in-house floral and full-time event designers. The company is a most creative and innovative name in the industry and remains a trusted partner to its clients.

360 Destination Group
Silver Winner, Southeast

360 Destination Group

Understanding the need for new experiences and options in the market, 360 Destination Group became the first, and still only, DMC on Amelia Island, Florida. Here, they service the only double Five-Diamond property in Florida and work closely with the local industry and CVB to create new options for planners. Also, the only DMC with a full-time presence on Miami Beach, hotel partnerships have been an important component to their success. With over half the team ADME certified as well as a number of CMPs on staff, the blend of young creative talent and seasoned event expertise has resulted in a track record of idea innovation.

GlobalWorks Events & Destination Management
Bronze Winner, Southeast

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GlobalWorks Events & Destination Management is guided by one principal— exceeding the client's expectations. Resident staff experts are ready to represent your program's needs to the local market. Employees start by carefully listening to you and your program's goals, and then develop a solution using unique local services, vibrant venues and memorable points of interests. GWE is one of a few national DMCs who boast shared ownership with a transportation provider, providing clients with innovative transportation technology solutions and flawless execution of all transportation, leading to 100% satisfaction.


Gold Winner, Midwest

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AlliedPRA's 27 destination locations operate approximately 3,100 programs annually, almost 850 of which were successfully operated in the Midwest region of its Chicago and Nashville offices. Business continues to grow at a record-breaking pace as the company expanded in several different pillars, be it acquisitions in its core sector, expanded service offerings, its client-focused global sales team, remote solutions and more. AlliedPRA Chicago creates value-enhanced experiences built on moments for its valued clients and participants.

360 Destination Group 
Silver Winner, Midwest

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Since launching the Chicago office in 2013, 360 Destination Group has taken the Windy City by storm. The team works tirelessly to foster a collaborative environment that excites clients, develops passionate hospitality professionals and consistently delivers both innovative and quality service. Its management philosophy is deeply rooted in empowerment: The team has the freedom to make the decision that's best for the client, a critical factor for success in the fast-paced world of Event Operations.

Bronze Winner, Midwest

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ACCESS's offices in the Midwest have decades of experience in the DMC and hospitality industry, including management experience at one of the world's leading hotel chains. ACCESS is heavily involved with different organizations throughout the region including PCMA, MPI, ILEA, Chicago Catering Executives Association and Choose Chicago. ACCESS produces over 800 events per year across the Midwest, including a 1,500-person event at the new Wintrust Arena and a Great Taste of Chicago event for 3,000 hungry attendees.


The Destination Manager, A Global DMC Partner
Gold Winner, Southwest

The Destination Manager

The Destination Manager is a full-service, boutique DMC specializing in Arizona destination planning needs. Locally based and seasoned with Southwest knowledge, the Destination Manager has spent its 19 years unveiling authentic Arizona experiences that delight the senses and invigorate the mind. With an all-female team of 18 event planners, the company emphasizes its exceptional service standards and event design capabilities. With four classically trained interior designers on staff , the company's design dexterity has redefined corporate events in Arizona.

Imprint Group, A DMC Network Company
Silver Winner, Southwest

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Imprint Events Colorado, winner of the 2017 "Best DMC in the Southwest" Stella Award, is an industry-leading DMC creating one-of-a-kind events for its clients. Imprint's diverse team of experts (containing 507 years combined experience, four CMPs and five DMCPs) are known for their stellar customer service and logistical execution, receiving more than 90 industry honors, including being named "Best DMC" in Colorado eight out of the past 10 years. Imprint is proud to boast a 70-percent closure rate, triple the industry average, and a repeat customer rate of more than 76 percent.


Bronze Winner, Southwest

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ACCESS combines the knowledge and intimacy of a local, owner-operated DMC with the diversity and efficiency of a 49-year strong global brand. ACCESS's offices in the Southwest bring a combined total of over 200 years of excellence in destination management experience to the region. Across the Southwest, ACCESS produces myriad high-profile events, such as a Gatsby-themed experience for 1,500 guests at the Dallas Market Center; multiple events for up to 2,100 guests at AT&T Stadium (Home of The Dallas Cowboys); and an event at Mile High Stadium, featuring the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders.


AlliedPRA - Far West Region
Gold Winner, Far West

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AlliedPRA crafts destination experiences for meetings, incentives and events that deliver unforgettable moments. And, for more than four decades, PRA has delivered amazing experiences that meet program needs, impeccably and seamlessly around the world. PRA's 27 destination locations operate approximately 3,100 programs annually, almost 1,250 of which were successfully operated in the Western region with its California, Hawaii, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming offices.

Hosts Las Vegas, a Hosts Global Member
Silver Winner, Far West

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Hosts Las Vegas (HLV) is one of the largest and longest operating DMC's in Las Vegas, with 20 full-time employees. The award-winning DMC has been recognized with international industry awards representing creativity, commitment to excellent service and logistical expertise and execution. The HLV sales and operations teams are the most experienced in Las Vegas. With a combined 100-plus years of experience on the Sales Team and a combined 50-plus years of experience on the Operations Team, clients have the collective knowledge of an amazing team at their disposal.

Destination Concepts Inc., A Global DMC Partner
Bronze Winner, Far West

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DCi is a certified womenowned business started by and still helmed by the original founders, Brynne Frost and Ana Reilly. The largest DMC in California, DCi features an in-house design team and expansive décor inventory for creating unique, one-of-a-kind events that are always on trend. For 20 years, DCi's large-scale team has provided the foundation for delivering beyond-standard DMC services. With in-house teams in specialized areas such as event design, graphic design, entertainment and more, DCi has the support system needed to give clients unforgettable events.


Amstar DMC, Cancun
Gold Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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Amstar DMC, Meetings & Events department is a proud member of the Apple Leisure Group. The international team of destination specialists knows what it takes to create highly memorable events in the world's top incentive and meetings destinations. Amstar has been providing award-winning service to groups and corporate events for the past 15 years. The highly skilled team is composed of over 20 different nationalities, many active members of SITE, MPI, FICP and PCMA, who proudly serve a global client base and develop close-knit relationships with meetings and events professionals all over the world.

Tropical Incentives
Silver Winner, International & U.S. Territories

Tropical DMC

With more than 30 years in the MICE industry, Tropical Incentives DMC boasts a solid operational infrastructure, tremendous creativity, high-quality standards and trained personnel so that groups can enjoy the very best experiences. Programs showcase Mexico's cultural heritage in a charming, unforgettable way through a great variety of tours and cultural activities. The team works with clients to focus on the requirements of the program, handling the design of events with special care and detail to create unique experiences.

Cacique International Ltd.
Bronze Winner, International & U.S. Territories

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For over 20 years, Cacique International — the first and leading DMC in The Bahamas — has been dedicated to providing extraordinary, bespoke destination experiences. Extraordinary, not only in venue, design, décor and entertainment, but in the seamless flow of the narrative, the invisible strings that make the "Cacique magic" happen. "Just Imagine" is more than just the company tagline; it's the raison d'être, a daily reminder that a Cacique experience should always stretch the imagination and trump even the highest expectations.

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.