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Orange County Convention Center Recognized as Best Southeastern Convention Center by Northstar Meetings Group

Orange County Convention Center Recognized as Best Southeastern Convention Center by Northstar Meetings Group

ORLANDO, Fla. – (Nov. 06, 2020) Northstar Meetings Group has recognized the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) as a 2020 Gold Stella Award winner, acknowledging its status as the best convention center in the Southeastern U.S.

Established in 2017, Northstar Meetings Group designed the Stella Awards to recognize hotels, convention centers, airlines, cruise lines and destination marketing organizations (DMOs) for the delivery of high-quality service and innovation standards to meeting and event professionals.

The awards assess critical aspects of the meetings and event experience, such as overall excellence, food and beverage, team member professionalism, and technological innovations. This esteemed industry accolade is the first comprehensive awards program to combine public, planner and objective third party voting.

“It is a privilege to be awarded this prestigious seal of excellence by Northstar Meetings Group,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “Standing tall for almost forty years, this recognition is an ode to the Center’s longstanding reputation for excellence, and helps us appreciate the fact that we get it right in the eyes of the markets we serve.”

Signifying an objective majority view of the key players in the meetings industry, the Stella Award judging process involved an open voting period to determine the finalists, with winners narrowed down and selected by an expert panel of editors from Northstar’s leading brands: Meetings and Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News and Incentive.

Shining a spotlight on industry leaders, the Stella Awards list is a trusted resource for meeting professionals throughout the nation when choosing top tier meeting destinations, venues and services.


About the Orange County Convention Center

The award-winning Orange County Convention Center provides approximately $3 billion in economic impact to Central Florida annually. In recent years, the Convention Center has averaged nearly 200 events, including 115 conventions and trade shows that attract more than 1.5 million attendees to the region each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center, visit

About Northstar Meetings Group

Northstar Meetings Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the business meetings, events, sports and incentives market, including full-time and part-time meeting planners, as well as corporate, association, sports and not-for-profit decision-makers, and incentive professionals, facilitating their professional development and achievement of business goals. Its influential brands in the US – Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Incentive and SportsTravel – currently serve over 350,000 active meeting and event planners and incentive professionals, across an integrated suite of data, digital, events and print products. For more information, please visit


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