October 10, 2023 – Ocala, FL – The Equestrian Hotel has been named among the winners of Northstar Meetings Group’s 7th Annual Stella Awards, the meetings industry’s highest honor. The Equestrian Hotel has placed in three categories:
- Best Boutique Property (Southeast), Silver Medal
- Best Food and Beverage (Southeast), Silver Medal
- Best Décor/Design (Southeast), Bronze Medal
Voted on and judged by meeting planners, the Stella Awards recognize the world’s best hotels, airlines, convention and conference centers, cruise lines, destination marketing organizations and destination management companies. A total of 242 organizations from around the globe are being honored for consistently delivering quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals.
The Stella Awards recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, DMOs/CVBs and DMCs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals. “We are truly humbled and immensely proud to have been nominated for, and subsequently honored with, three Stella Award placements.” says Justin Garner, Director of Hotel and Hospitality Operations at World Equestrian Center. “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of our exceptional team, who consistently go above and beyond to provide unparalleled experiences for our guests. We share this honor with them, and with all those who have visited and taken the time to cast a vote. Thank you for trusting us, and together, we’ll continue to set new standards of excellence in the world of hospitality.”
This year, nearly 10,000 votes were cast from around the world for the 770 destinations, hotels and service providers nominated in 16 categories across six regions in the United States and worldwide. Winners were selected for achieving overall excellence, superb food and beverage, professionalism of staff, sustainability initiatives, and other critical aspects of the meetings and events experience.
The list of 2023 winners, finalists and their profiles can be found at NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com/Stellas. To learn more about hosting a meeting at The Equestrian Hotel, visit equestrianhotel.com/meetings.
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- 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. The company’s influential brands — Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Associations Meetings International, Meetings & Incentive Travel, Meeting News, Incentive and SportsTravel — currently serve over 500,000 active meeting and event planners and incentive professionals, across an integrated suite of data, digital, events and print products. For more information, please visit NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com.
About The Equestrian Hotel
Located at the heart of World Equestrian Center – Ocala, the luxurious accommodations in The Equestrian Hotel raise the bar for modern destination resorts. This five-story retreat features numerous on-site recreation and relaxation opportunities nestled within Florida Horse Country.
Multiple dining options, along with a resort spa, fitness center and several luxury retailers are available to satisfy every need. The resort also boasts dynamic venues for private events, from intimate wine dinners to large, on-site catered events with gourmet cuisine. A relaxing outdoor pool and bar provides a unique exterior space for added leisure.
Perfect for couples and entire families, The Equestrian Hotel offers a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience encompassing three core values: Quality. Class. Distinction.
Learn more at equestrianhotel.com