DMCs and More, Part II: Are You the DMC for Me?
I know my event needs a DMC. Now what?
In our last blog post, we discussed the differences between Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and meeting planners. This post – the second in our three-part DMC series – will offer some tips on finding the right DMC for your event.
Let’s say that, after careful consideration, you’ve decided that your event needs that special localized knowledge that a DMC can offer. Great! But now that you want to find a DMC, how do you find the right one for your event – and your budget?
There are many ways to track down a high-quality, reputable DMC who can help make your event shine. We recommend using a combination of them to make sure you’ve found the DMC that is the best match for your event:
Start with the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI); their website has a tool that lets you search for DMCs by location. Check out the websites of the DMCs in which you are interested. You can also search for their names and see if they’ve gathered rave reviews (or warnings) across the Internet.
Word of Mouth.
Do you have a friend or colleague who has planned a meeting in your destination city? Ask them which DMC they used, and whether or not they would recommend them.
CVBs and Tourism Organizations.
Your destination city should have a convention and visitors’ bureau, or some kind of tourism organization. Reach out to them and see if there’s a DMC with whom they regularly work.
Call for Recommendations.
Ask a few of the city’s best hotels who they use as DMC partners. If you hear the same name more than once, it’s probably for a good reason!
Call the DMCs Themselves.
How do they treat you on the phone? Are they courteous, professional and friendly? Or do they sound disorganized and impatient?
Our next post – the last in our three-part DMC series – will talk about the costs of DMCs, and what to expect when you contact one!