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Stella Awards 2020: Best DMC

The Stella Awards recognize suppliers that deliver quality service and innovation to event professionals.
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NORTHEAST

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Gold: PRA Business Events

PRA's 29 team locations operate approximately 3,100 programs annually, 400 of which were successfully held in the Northeast region. The company delivers unique and compelling experiences designed to delight attendees and move businesses forward.

Silver: 360 Destination Group

360 Destination Group is a full-service DMC dedicated to the reinvention of event management. Since launching its New York office in 2018, the organization has focused its efforts on not only building long-term client partnerships that deliver results, but also supporting its destination partners and advancing the industry.

Bronze: District Experience, a Global DMC Partner

District Experience prides itself on 24/7 accessibility and direct collaboration with its clients to ensure each event is unique and personalized. Established only nine years ago, the company has continued to grow its team and business year after year. Direct Experience is committed to providing a superior level of service and works one-on-one with its clients through every step of the planning process, from concept development to on-site operations.

Finalist: CSI DMC

CSI DMC is dedicated to producing authentic, memorable and customized events. The company aims to provide unmatched services that deliver amazing outcomes for virtual, hybrid and in-person meetings.

SOUTHEAST

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Gold: 360 Destination Group

360 Destination Group strives to build long-term client partnerships that exceed expectations and deliver results. The company is proud to have some of the longest standing client relationships in the industry as a result of its focus on customer service.

Silver: CSI DMC

Innovation is at the core of CSI DMC’s mission. The company’s award-winning team of meeting specialists help bring exceptional events to life, with their deep local knowledge, unmatched logistical expertise, fresh ideas and creative solutions. 

Bronze: COTC Events, a Hosts Global Member

COTC Events is committed to “changing the world, one event at a time.” The Florida-based DMC has been accredited by the Association of Destination Management Executives International, and is also a member of Hosts Global’s consortium of the top destination management companies from around the world. 

Finalist: American Guest

American Guest boasts a stellar team of event professionals, who bring passion and skill to each program they help create. The DMC strives to stay ahead of new trends. With each event, the American Guest aims to enhance the meeting experience and capture the attention of all attendees.

Finalist: Maple Ridge Events, A Hosts Global Member

Maple Ridge Events serves as a one-stop shop for event planning and production, entertainment services, vendor coordination and virtual meeting management. The organization’s staff aim to create immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences for guests and attendees, whether on the ground or in the cloud.

PRA Business Events

PRA operates approximately 850 events in the Southeast region annually. Its award-winning team of event experts offer full-service event planning for virtual, live and hybrid events. The PRA staff manages everything from content and strategic planning, to team building activities and transportation logistics.

MIDWEST

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Gold: PRA Business Events

Producing 650 memorable Midwest events over the past year, PRA Business Events boasts a skilled team that is industry accredited, highly creative and dedicated, with unsurpassed local knowledge. PRA is committed to promoting positive industry change, with a focus on new ideas and high-value events.

Silver: 360 Destination Group

360 Destination Group delivers professional corporate events that wow. The company’s field reps handle all event logistics and serve as the client’s personal concierge from start to finish. 

Bronze: CSI DMC

CSI DMC designs events and experiences of all sizes that exceed expectations and help clients achieve their goals. The organization strives to consistently produce extraordinary, one-of-a-kind programming. 

SOUTHWEST

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Gold: Southwest Conference Planners

Since 1987 Southwest Conference Planners has been creating incredible experiences that highlight the best Arizona has to offer — with the highest quality of service. The company includes tenured industry professionals who are passionate about collaborating with clients and possess the expertise to successfully execute their vision.

Silver: CSI DMC

CSI DMC is dedicated to being a strategic partner and true extension of its clients’ teams. CSI provides individualized service and attention to detail, no matter the size of the event.

Bronze: 360 Destination Group

360 Destination Group blends proven experience with fresh ideas. Established in 1978, the organization is always looking to stay ahead of the curve and reinvent its approach to meetings.

FAR WEST

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Gold: Destination Concepts, inc., A Global DMC Partner

Destination Concepts, inc., is a creative solutions agency that combines event design/production, logistics, experiential agency and DMC services to deliver some of the most dynamic brand experiences in the business. The company operates as a true partner for its clients, handling all of the logistics and flawlessly executing events of 10 to 20,000 people.

Silver: 360 Destination Group

360 Destination Group creates customized events “built around you.” Specialties include event design and development, unique decor and theme concepts, digital services, transportation logistics, team building and entertainment.

Bronze: PRA Business Events

PRA operates approximately 1,250 events in the Far West region each year. The company’s skilled team of meeting professionals have a proven track record of designing and producing creative events that drive business.

Finalist: CSI DMC

Through creative ideation and high-quality service, CSI DMC delivers event experiences with a lasting impact. CSI is skilled in producing digital gatherings, as well as intimate VIP receptions and sprawling galas for thousands. 

Finalist: Island Events

Island Events is a full-service DMC with a boutique-style mindset. The Hawaii-based organization partners with local vendors to create event experiences that showcase the host culture, inspire guests and meet budget. 

INTERNATIONAL & U.S. TERRITORIES

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Gold: Cacique International Ltd.

With over 23 years as the leading DMC in the Bahamas, Cacique International has proven itself as an industry trailblazer, curating exceptional, tailor-made experiences at home and around the world. The company's strength is built on cutting-edge design, dynamic teamwork and a strong social commitment.

Silver: Amstar DMC | Meetings And Events

Amstar DMC has provided world-class destination services for more than 30 years, across Hawaii, Mexico and more. In the first quarter of 2020, the company completed 387 programs with 73,000 attendees. Amstar’s team of travel experts have a deep-rooted passion for the industry and are committed to delivering the highest level of customer service in every experience. 

Bronze: Tropical Incentives, A Global DMC Partner

Since its founding in 1984, Tropical Incentives has continued to evolve and remain at the forefront of the DMC industry. The Mexico-based organization is committed to crafting creative events that inspire, motivate and engage.