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High Country Conference Center Receives 2019 Stella Award

November 14, 2019

The Sodexo venue has been named the Best Conference Center in the Southwest

Flagstaff, Ariz. & Gaithersburg, Md., November 14, 2019 – The High Country Conference Center today announced it has been named a winner of the prestigious 3rd Annual Stella Awards from Northstar Meetings Group. The venue, serviced by hospitality partner Sodexo, won in the category of Best Conference Center in the Southwest. Each year, the Stella Awards recognize venues that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals. 

The venue is ideal for weddings, corporate meetings and special events, and the outdoor patio is perfect for a cocktail reception under the stars. It offers state-of-the-art meeting spaces adjacent to extensive amenities such as shopping, entertainment, and dining in downtown Flagstaff. With over 25,000 square feet of meeting space and an 800-person ballroom, there is a solution for any type of function. 

The Stella Awards, established by Northstar Meetings Group in 2017, recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMO/CVBs and DMCs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals. Honors are awarded in 18 categories celebrating overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners for being recognized by such a broad community of planners, and then by our judges. They set a standard all suppliers in our industry seek to achieve,” said Loren Edelstein, vice president and content director for Northstar Meetings Group. “A Stella Award is the finest symbol of excellence for the meetings industry.”

Being acknowledged with a Stella Award is a seal of excellence, signifying that the High County Conference Center helps deliver an exceptional meetings experience. Finalists in each category are determined by industry professionals during an open voting period, while winners are selected by an expert panel of judges overseen by the editors of Northstar's leading brands, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News and Incentive.

“This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our team to create memorable events for the guests who we serve on a daily basis,” said Scott Thomson, Sodexo General Manager at the High Country Conference Center. “We aim to create locally-inspired menus and craft experiences that leave everyone wanting to come back again and again.” 

This year, nearly 10,000 votes were cast from around the world for the 508 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated in 18 categories in six regions in the United States and worldwide. 

“The real value of the Stellas is not just to those who are being recognized for their excellence, but to the tens of thousands of other planners who look to their peers for recommendations and advice,” added David Blansfield, executive vice president and group publisher, Northstar Meetings Group. “The Stellas provide an objective, curated and credible majority view on the best of the best in the meetings industry.”

All Stella Award winners and finalists are featured in a special section in the November 2019 issues of Meetings & Conventions and Successful Meetings.

The full list of 2019 Stella Award winners can be viewed here

About Sodexo North America
Sodexo North America is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Sodexo is a leading provider of integrated food, facilities management and other services that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life for millions of customers in corporate, education, healthcare, senior living, sports and leisure, government and other environments daily. The company employs 150,000 people at 13,000 sites in all 50 U.S. states and Canada and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $32 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger. To learn more about Sodexo, visit SodexoUSA.com, SodexoInsights.com and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube

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