SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – After more than 6,000 votes from around the world with a total of 603 destinations, the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center won the Southwestern Best Convention Center award at the 2021 Stella Awards.
The winners were from top hotels, convention centers, conference centers, convention and visitor offices, destination marketing organizations, destination management companies, airlines and cruise lines from around the world.
Hotels and service providers were nominated in 17 categories in six regions of the United States and around the world, for a total of 260 winners and finalists for 2021.
Once nominated, the finalists for each category were determined by the meeting planners during an open voting period. The winners were then selected by a jury of experts.
The winners were recognized for their overall excellence, excellent food and drink, professionalism of staff, technological innovations and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience.
Located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center was first built in 1899 but was destroyed by fire in 1910. A little over 50 years later, an arena covered with the same name was completed in 1969 serving as a sports arena and concert hall. This arena was then demolished, giving way to the brand new convention center which will open in 1996.
After several expansions in 2000 and 2005, the building size is now almost equal to one million square feet.