(Columbus, May 13, 2020) – Readers of Smart Meetings selected the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) as a 2020 Smart Stars Awards recipient as one of the world’s best convention centers.

Based in Sausalito, California, the media company creates trade publications, online resources and events for meeting professionals and conducted the ninth annual Smart Stars Awards program to celebrate meeting planner choices for the premier hotels, resorts, properties, cruise lines, conference centers and convention centers worldwide.

“I’m truly honored to acknowledge and celebrate these spectacular brands that continue to serve our community with unwavering excellence and dedication to their services,” said Marin Bright, Smart Meetings founder and chief executive officer.

According to Smart Meetings, “Ranked against hundreds of their exceptional peers, these properties and destinations were hand-selected by Smart Meetings’ audience of meeting professionals, in 31 distinguished categories, all critical to the success of their meetings and events. Since its inception, the Smart Stars Awards have gained notoriety as an essential tool for today’s meeting planner community and a valuable resource for those who need recommendations of leading venues and destinations. These remarkable hospitality brands continue to reflect the highest standards of excellence in service, amenities and customer satisfaction.”

“We are honored to be voted as one of the best convention centers worldwide by the 65,000 meeting professionals engaged with the Smart Meetings print and digital magazines,” said GCCC General Manager John R. Page.  “During the phenomenally successful ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Columbus, we were excited to showcase our facility to the writers and readers of Smart Meetings. The positive momentum confirming our convention center as a venue of choice continues with the GCCC being named a winner in the Smart Stars Awards.”

The convention centers joining the GCCC in this award category are Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Austin Convention Center, Salt Palace Convention Center, Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center andMandalay Bay Convention Center.

The 2020 Smart Stars Awards winners will be featured in the July edition of the Smart Meetings print and digital magazines and showcased on the magazine’s website for one year.


  • The GCCC venue itself is a cashless facility. This includes all GCCC operated concessions and all in-lane GCCC parking transactions. However, within the GCCC, there are individual contracted vendors and outlets who, at their discretion, may accept cash.