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JUNE 12, 2019
$175 EARLY BIRD DEADLINE
JUNE 19, 2019
$245 FINAL DEADLINE
Honoring North America’s best convention centers for trade shows and events, the Centers of Excellence awards (produced by EXHIBITOR Magazine and Find It – Marketplace, the buyer's guide to trade show products and services) recognize the best large and small trade show venues based on a variety of criteria within five different categories. Top-ranked entrants receive a custom plaque, and all facilities named among the Centers of Excellence will be recognized via print and online coverage.



Eligibility
Small, medium, and large convention centers located anywhere in North America are eligible to apply. Entrants must have formal exhibit space, but may include: standalone convention centers, resort/hotel-based convention centers, meetings/events spaces with dedicated exhibit halls, etc. In order to participate, entrants must complete the initial application, submit the online entry form, and remit payment. While entrants may choose not to answer questions on the entry form that are not marked as required, they will not earn points for those particular criteria.



How to Enter
Step 1: Initial Application
Complete the Initial Application. After completing the Initial Application, you will receive a link to the Online Entry Form via the confirmation page and an email sent to the address provided. If you cannot find or have not received the link within 24 hours of completing the Initial Application, please check your spam filters before contacting CentersofExcellence@exhibitormagazine.com to have it resent.

Step 2: Online Entry Form
Complete the Online Entry Form. You can save the form and complete it at a later time by clicking the SAVE button at the bottom of the page. You may then return to complete it later by clicking on the link sent to you after completing the Initial Application. Please note that if you are saving your work and clear your cookies before the form is submitted, your work will be lost.

Step 3: Entry Fee
Once you have completed the Online Entry Form, you will receive a link to a page where you will remit payment of the entry fee. This link will appear both in the confirmation page and an email that will be sent to the address provided. The discounted, early bird entry fee is $175 (if completed by June 12) or $245 (if completed by June 19). Please note that your entry fee may be credited toward any advertising opportunity with EXHIBITOR magazine, ExhibitorOnline.com, or (Find It – Marketplace). For more information on how to apply your entry fee as a credit, speak with your EXHIBITOR sales rep or contact adinfo@exhibitormagazine.com. If you cannot find or have not received the link within 24 hours of completing the Initial Application, please check your spam filters before contacting CentersofExcellence@exhibitormagazine.com to have it resent.



Questions?
If you have questions during the entry process, please contact CentersofExcellence@exhibitormagazine.com



Criteria
Applicants will be evaluated using an objective algorithm weighted to reflect how EXHIBITOR magazine readers value a variety of criteria. The myriad criteria being considered have been categorized into five primary areas:
  • Facility & Functionality
  • Location & Accommodations
  • Service & Execution
  • Upgrades & Expansions
  • Awards & Industry Participation

The evaluation process also includes a survey of past clients and a review of entrants' selling points, event spaces, and innovations, conducted by a panel of corporate exhibit managers.



Recognition
The highest-scoring convention centers will be notified in July and formally announced in conjunction with Expo! Expo! later this year. Five to six special award winners will be honored with plaques during Expo! Expo!. And all convention centers named among EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Centers of Excellence will receive recognition in print and online via a press release, online listing, and within the November issue of EXHIBITOR magazine.

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