Blazing a trail in-person at M&C Asia Stella Awards 2021

MICE and events professionals lead this year's honours list at premier awards ceremony, celebrating over fist bumps, food and fun.

A total of 22 awards were presented at the hybrid Stella Awards, honouring "winners who have shone the light for others with their resilience and leadership," said Irene Chua, Vice President and Group Publisher, Asia, for Northstar Travel Group.
A total of 22 awards were presented at the hybrid Stella Awards, honouring "winners who have shone the light for others with their resilience and leadership," said Irene Chua, Vice President and Group Publisher, Asia, for Northstar Travel Group.

After switching to a digital format last year, Asia Pacific's leading meetings and event professionals reunited in-person at the M&C Asia Stella Awards 2021 on 8 December, celebrating the industry's tenacity and leadership displayed during these unprecedented times.

A total of 22 awards were presented at the hybrid event, across five categories comprising Convention & Visitors Bureau, Convention Centre, MICE Destination, Meetings Hotel, and Integrated Resort (MICE).

Irene Chua, Vice President and Group Publisher, Asia, for Northstar Travel Group said: “This year’s Stella Awards is especially meaningful in recognising the achievements of the winners. With the pandemic impacting large-scale events, it has been a long road to recovery for many venues.

"But the business events industry is facing steady progress, and the winners have shone the light for others with their resilience and leadership. We are extremely pleased to be able to honour these distinctive organisations with the awards they deserve.”

Stella Awards attendees fist-bumped and caught up just like before, in adherence to prevailing Covid-safe rules.
Stella Awards attendees fist-bumped and caught up just like before, in adherence to prevailing Covid-safe rules.

Reunited and it feels so good

Arriving at the PARKROYAL COLLECTION Marina Bay, Singapore, there was an obvious sense of excitement in the air, as old industry friends fist-bumped and caught up just like before — made possible as Singapore continues to expand on newer Vaccination Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS+Test) at business events, marking steps forward in the return of safe meetings.

Dr Edward Koh, Executive Director of Conventions, Meetings & Incentive Travel at the Singapore Tourism Board, who received the award for Best MICE Destination (Asia), said the win was "an important acknowledgement and recognition of Singapore's vision to be a Covid-resilient state.

"It is very important as we can see from the pandemic that we’ve seen some casualties but we’ve seen as well that the industry has come closer together with collaborations and discussions and we ought to celebrate all these achievements in the past year together."

It's a sentiment shared by Ong Wee Min, VP of Conventions & Exhibitions, MICE at Marina Bay Sands, which took home two wins: for Best Convention Centre (Southeast Asia) and Best Meetings Hotel (Singapore).

"It’s very important for the industry to recognise the best in the industry. Not only for suppliers, but to celebrate their success so we can learn from the best and inspire everyone in the industry to aim for greater heights and deliver the best that we can for clients and all our stakeholders."

Stella Awards attendees tuned in virtually to receive their awards, including Galaxy Macau, Best Integrated Resort (MICE).
Stella Awards attendees tuned in virtually to receive their awards, including Galaxy Macau, Best Integrated Resort (MICE).

Hybrid brings the world together

Winners who could not join in person logged into a virtual platform, just as at last year's M&C Asia Stella Awards 2020.

Many have mastered the online meeting routine, presenting their 'live' speeches seamlessly, adding captions, and showcasing background images of individual hotel properties and attractive destination attractions. Some even gathered entire teams to join the Stella awards, complete with banners and happy smiles, like The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei.

In recognition of the 'new digital normal', a new category was also added this year: the M&C Asia Special Recognition Award, presented to Seoul Tourism Organization, for taking the lead in digital innovation and launching new products to accommodate the hybrid trend.

To select the winners, planners and members of the MICE industry submitted their votes for destinations, hotels and service providers throughout the Asia-Pacific region, based on overall excellence, professionalism of the events team, MICE initiatives, and efforts to lead the industry’s recovery in a post-pandemic era. Winners were determined following a voting period from 8 June to 13 August 2021.

A celebratory mood from The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei team, joining virtually with the winners in Singapore.
A celebratory mood from The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei team, joining virtually with the winners in Singapore.

Here is a full list of the M&C Asia Stella Award winners 2021:

Convention & Visitors Bureau

Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (Asia) MEET TAIWAN 

 

Convention Centre

Best Convention Centre (Southeast Asia)  Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands
Best Convention Centre (North Asia) Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

MICE Destination

Most Resilient MICE Destination Japan
Best MICE Destination (Asia)Singapore
Best Meetings & Incentives Destination (Asia)Thailand
Best Conferences & Exhibitions Destination (Asia)Taiwan

Meetings Hotel

Best Meetings Hotel ChainHyatt Hotels Corporation
Best Meetings Hotel (China)Conrad Guangzhou
Best Meetings Hotel (Hong Kong)Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Best Meetings Hotel (Indonesia)The Apurva Kempinski Bali
Best Meetings Hotel (Japan)Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel
Best Meetings Hotel (Macau)Sheraton Grand Macao
Best Meetings Hotel (Malaysia)One World Hotel
Best Meetings Hotel (Philippines)Conrad Manila
Best Meetings Hotel (Singapore)Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Best Meetings Hotel (South Korea) Grand Hyatt Seoul
Best Meetings Hotel (Taiwan) The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei
Best Meetings Hotel (Thailand) The Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
Best Meetings Hotel (Vietnam)InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Integrated Resort (MICE)

Best Integrated Resort (MICE)Galaxy Macau

M&C Asia Special Recognition Award

Most Innovative Destination MarketingSeoul



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