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ADME 2012 Achievement Award Finalists from the DMC Network, LLC

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January 25  |  meeting and event industry news  |   Andrew Maxwell

The DMC Network, announced recently that 9 of its North American companies were selected as finalists for Achievement Awards in 11 out of 12 categories and two DMC Network individuals were also selected as finalists for the Recognition Awards categories.

Award winners will be announced Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Annual ADME Conference Gala at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.


The Finalists from the DMC Network include:

Innovative Events

Under $50,000

  • ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company, New Orleans, LA USA

$50,001 – $100,000

  • Accent on Indianapolis, a DMC Network Company, Indianapolis, IN USA
  • Chicago Travel Consultants, Inc., a DMC Network Company, Chicago, IL USA

$100,001 – $200,000

  • Congress Canada, a DMC Network Company, Toronto, ON Canada
  • Destination St. Louis, Inc., a DMC Network Company, St. Louis, MO USA

Creative Events

Best Destination Marketing

  • Accent on Indianapolis, a DMC Network Company, Indianapolis, IN USA

Best Public Entry

  • Capitol Services, Inc., a DMC Network Company, Washington, DC USA
  • Destination St. Louis, Inc., a DMC Network Company, St. Louis, MO USA

Best Teambuilding

  • ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company, New Orleans, LA USA
  • Ultimate Ventures, a DMC Network Company, Dallas, TX USA

Best Tour

  • Arrangers DMC, a DMC Network Company, Denver, CO USA
  • Ultimate Ventures, a DMC Network Company, Dallas, TX USA

Best Transportation Logistics

  • Destination St. Louis, Inc., a DMC Network Company, St. Louis, MO USA

Best Overall Program

  • Capitol Services, Inc., a DMC Network Company, Washington, DC USA

Destination Management Rising Star

  • Sarah Hines, DMCP, Accent on Indianapolis, a DMC Network Company, Indianapolis, IN USA

Destination Management Professional of the Year

  • Fabienne Hanks, DMCP, CMP, 360 Destination Group, a DMC Network Company, Southern California, CA USA

For an entire list of nominees please visit:   ADME 2012 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Congratulations to all our colleagues for being nominated and good luck to everyone.

 

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Mary Ellen’s DMC Tip for January

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January 16  |  meeting and event planning resources  |   Andrew Maxwell

Mary Ellen's DMC Tips

Q:  Mary Ellen, I have a group of 30 people that I need to arrange airport arrival and departure transportation for. I want to have a “meet and greet” service but I don’t have a large budget. Any suggestions about what I should do?

A: There is a way that you can still offer a “meet and greet” service that won’t break your budget.Your “meet and greet” service provider can recommend an area at the airport where they can station staff. Often the airport will have small kiosks that you can rent for a nominal fee and have the groups name displayed.

What you need to do is to station two meet and greet staff in this area. One will stay and greet your passengers and one will escort your guests to their pre-arranged vehicles. You’ll need to outline this procedure in your written brief to your guests. For further savings, you can eliminate meet and greet at the hotel by having the driver communicate directly with the hotel door staff.

Mary Ellen Tristram is a DMC expert and partner at WTTC.com.

Do you have a DMC-related question that you’d like answered? Ask Mary Ellen by sending your questions to met@wttc.com.

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Mary Ellen’s DMC Tips for December

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December 17  |  meeting and event planning resources  |   Andrew Maxwell

Mary Ellen's DMC Tips

Q: Mary Ellen, it’s Christmas but I feel I’ve been given a lump of coal. I’ve been asked to organize a cocktail reception for senior management at the last minute. The budget is small and I’m feeling stuck. How do I look good for the bosses but still keep things interesting and on budget?

A: It’s always a challenge when there are last minute requests. Grin and bare it is often the best policy but a couple of creative solutions can really save the day.

If you can, try and piggy back on another event for the !Wow! factor – say a tree lighting ceremony or choral singing presentation. Hotels or restaurant private rooms are another good starting point. In the current economic climate, they can be very receptive to last minute business. Remember this and don’t forget to ask for favors.

Another good idea is to make sure your reception is not held over the dinner hour otherwise your guests will expect to be fed – and there goes the budget!

If it’s the right crowd make them roll up their sleeves and help pack Santa Boxes. Then reward them with light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments – doesn’t have to be alcoholic. A hot chocolate or tea tasting with a Tea Sommelier could be fun and still meet corporate polices!

Mary Ellen Tristram is a DMC expert and partner at WTTC.com.

Do you have a DMC-related question that you’d like answered? Ask Mary Ellen by sending your questions to met@wttc.com.

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Mary Ellens’ DMC Tips for November

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November 20  |  meeting and event planning resources  |   Andrew Maxwell

Mary Ellen's DMC Tips

Q: Mary Ellen, I have to move 342 people from the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown to the Water Conservation Garden. How can I stretch my transportation budget and still make sure everyone gets to the venue?

A: If you are flexible on your transportation timing, consider providing a shuttle from the hotel to the venue. That way, you are able to move your guests using fewer coaches, which can reduce your costs by over twenty-five per cent.

Mary Ellen Tristram is a DMC expert and partner at WTTC.com.

Do you have a DMC-related question that you’d like answered? Ask Mary Ellen by sending your questions to met@wttc.com.

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