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Louisville Tourism and KICC Honored by Leading Meetings Industry News Outlet

Two Louisville organizations were selected as winners of the hospitality industry's fifth annual Northstar Stella Awards in the Midwest division including Louisville Tourism for Best Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) or Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) and the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) for Best Convention Center. KICC received a first-place, gold award and Louisville Tourism took home the bronze in their respective categories.

The Stella Awards are the meeting industry's highest honor, recognizing hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines and DMOs/CVBs that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals.

The list of winners and their profiles can be found at


Cleo Battle

"Louisville is honored Northstar's Stella Awards bestowed our first-class convention center with a top award, along with recognizing Louisville Tourism's destination marketing initiatives for consecutive years. Both awards are certainly a testament to the dedication and hard work Louisville's hospitality community puts in every day to make our city shine," said Cleo Battle, President & CEO of Louisville Tourism.

The Stella Awards awarded 260 winners and finalists in 17 categories and six regions worldwide. The Stella Awards celebrate overall excellence, superb food & beverage, professionalism of staff, sustainability initiatives and other critical aspects of the meetings and event experience. 

Since 1968, Louisville Tourism's primary goal has been to enhance the area's economy through tourism development - to promote and sell Louisville as a world-class destination. Prior to the pandemic, Tourism was the third largest industry in Louisville generating an estimated economic impact of $3.4 billion, which supported 70,000 local tourism-related jobs.