Planning and coordinating any type of special event, conference, or incentive program can be stressful, time-consuming and incredibly demanding. The pressure is amplified if your event is taking place in a destination that you’re not familiar with, with vendors you’ve never used and venues you've never seen.

A destination-management Company (DMC) is a professional services business located in your destination that specializes in local expertise and resources. The DMC is a strategic partner to provide creative local solutions to event management, activities, transportation, entertainment and program logistics.

What to look for

DMC professionals provide a wide-range of services. They are solution-focused, creative, respectful of the budget and attentive to your program’s objectives and values. Their core competencies and services should include:

  • Assistance with site inspection and venue selection

  • Transportation design and unique modes of transportation, with an understanding of city requirements and permitting

  • Creative design and decor

  • Meaningful teambuilding and corporate social responsibility programs

  • Conference children’s programs

  • Guest tours, excursions, activity programs and VIP experiences

  • Entertainment headliners and local talent

  • Dine-arounds with local menu options 

  • Audio-visual, production and technology integration

  • Program management with detailed schedule of services, pre-conference meetings, accessibility, staffing and vendor management

  • Meeting services such as refreshments and specialized room set-ups

  • Advance and on-site registration for housing services

  • Emergency preparedness and risk management focus

  • Knowledge of local laws and a relationship with law enforcement

DMC professionals take away unwarranted stress, provide flexibility in navigating the local destination and give planners peace-of-mind in knowing the meeting will be a success.