Planning for a holiday, more so an out-of-town corporate event can be a demanding task, especially if you have minimal to zero knowledge about the destination. Thanks to DMCs, planning can be easier, faster and better. But, what if you have an event planner of your own? What if you are a keen traveler and you have online resources like blogs and travel forums to use as references? Well, a Destination Management Company is what you would like to call “local talents”. This means their information is more accurate and up-to-date, plus the experience planning for all kinds of events and holidays is scopic. Here are 5 good reasons why you need a Destination Management Company:
1: Immense local expertise
Being immersed in the local environment and exposed to how it really is in that country, region or place, DMCs can guarantee comprehensive knowledge with regards to accommodation, activities, venues, what each local areas can offer to make your event special and even the secret gems of the place!
With this in-depth knowledge and experience, DMCs are sure to provide the best suppliers fit for your specific requirements. We also know who has the best service for the best cost.
Which park is best for viewing herds of elephants? Which place is conducive for team building events? What is the best travel route to go from this place to that? You may not be so sure, your event planner may even take a lot of time and effort to research it, but DMCs? We already know it – every nook and cranny of our focused destinations.
2: Strong ties with local suppliers
When it comes to event planning, relationships with suppliers is a critical factor. Luckily, DMCs maintain impeccable relationships with these suppliers, providing you higher chances of getting the best prices, flexibility and amazing on-site assistance.
3: Impressive creativity
With years, even decades, of experience under their belts, DMCs are able to create something that will wow your guests, company, and yourself. DMCs can find multiple ways to design an unforgettable holiday/event while staying within your budget. We always make sure things go smoothly and contracts are fulfilled.
4: Comprehensive care – even in a crisis
Mishaps can be inevitable. We’ve heard of it – holidays gone wrong, weather issues, unexpected location problems, etc. But with a DMC, you’ll never be left on your own and “taking care of you” doesn’t end after booking. Whether it’s as simple as a piece of luggage getting lost, connecting flights getting delayed, sudden issues affecting your itinerary, DMCs will be there to help provide solutions and alternatives.
DMCs can even organize alternative travel arrangements when needed. Here are some of the extending-a-hand things DMCs can do:
- change hotels
- change flight arrangements
- book a day trip to break work monotony
- travel to the meeting or social destinations safely late at night
- pick up dry cleaning at short notice
- locate additional IT support at your conference venue
- book catering.
There really is a lot to consider, and mistakes are easily made if you don’t have someone dedicated to project management of travel plans.
5: Understand your relationship with your clients/team
With this in mind, DMCs will make sure to extend all information and alternatives to you so you can provide these things to your client/team. Example of things that we, DMCs, do is to check the venue ahead and even provide you photos and details. This ensures exemplary planning and execution, and also allows you to build up your relationship with your client/team.
Looking for peace of mind for your future travels or corporate events here in Africa? Let African DMC take this task off your plate! Feel free to contact us to get started.