Immersive educational prizes @ DMS Connect

The ethos of the market’s long-standing showcase, DMS Connect was founded on delivering educational experiences at both a face to face and immersive destination level. 2019 is no different as Connect will have an abundance of jaw-dropping prizes up for grabs across the shows late February. This year Connects prestigious line-up of sponsors include LATAM Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Etihad.

The shows open their doors first in Auckland on Monday 25th, then Melbourne on Tuesday 26th and wraps up with Sydney on Thursday 28th. Attendees will be in the running to be whisked away to Brazil, Argentina, Hawaii, Morocco, Fiji, Bali and Hong Kong.

DMS’ vanguard approach towards both the incentive and speciality travel realms sees their flagship events showcase their growing portfolio of established and reputable DMCs, together with reliable industry partners to provide a holistic approach to destination consulting. Across the various cities, Connect is focused on attendee experience, collaborating with leading airline, NTOs and hotels. The exhibitor line-up includes the likes of, Air Tahiti Nui, Hawaiian Airlines, Korea Tourism Organisation, Millennium Hotel and Resorts, Monaco Government Tourist Bureau, Park Hyatt Auckland, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts and South African Tourism to name a few.

The format continues to thrive and deliver a collaborative approach towards destination marketing. Connect is by invite only and targets incentive, conference and high-end leisure agents. To attend, please contact Thea Mendes on or call DMS on +61 2 9368 1811.

Unique venues to discover across Russia


Located in a picturesque corner of Moscow region, “Izumrudny Les” (Emerald Forest) is an elegant eco hotel offering numerous outdoor experiences, add is a perfect setting for an unforgettable escape. This property is home to 6 cottages and 22 hotel rooms, sheltered by 220 hectares of stunning forest surroundings. Izumrudny Les has 7 multifunctional meeting rooms for banquets and conferences with event capacity ranging from 10 to 200 guests.



La Villa Plyos is a luxury wellness resort, located on Volga river amid the beautiful Plyos forests and river shores, away from the city noise. La Villa Plyos goal is to provide guests a combination of physical exercise, balanced nutrition, indulgent spa treatments and art programmes in the atmosphere of absolute luxury and comfort.

La Villa Plyos takes an individual approach to each guest’s wellbeing, high-quality service, comfortable stay, own natural water source, a farm with seasonal vegetables and fruits, and, most importantly, highly competent experts will help you get away from everyday routine and benefit from staying at La Villa Plyos to the maximum.

* A stay in Villa Plyos and visit of Plyos may be added as a part of Golden Ring tour.



Bolotov Dacha is a country hotel located in the Tula region, one and a half hours from Moscow. This property is named after Andrey Bolotov – one of the most distinguished agriculturist of the 18th-century Russian Empire. It is a large Russian countryside residence offering fresh air, delicious food and numerous spaces for inspiration. Each room on the property is named after one of the plants that Andrei Timofeevich Bolotov grew in his famous garden.



Award-winning farm-to-table restaurant "Mark & Lev" is located in the scenic countryside of Tula Oblast, 120 km from Moscow.  "Mark & Lev" only use locally sourced produce from small and mid-sized farms within a 150 km range. All the suppliers are both neighbours and friends since they live and work close by.

Chef Mikhail Lukashonok creates a new language for regional Russian cuisine by combining contemporary techniques with recipes and flavours deeply rooted in Russia's culinary tradition. The team devotes special attention to using heritage and half-forgotten varieties of vegetables and herbs.

*A visit and stay in Bolotov Dacha and Mark & Lev restaurant may be arranged as a part of a two day trip to Tyla and Yasnaya Polyana (Lev Tolstoy Estate)



For further information on the above or for a tailored proposal to Russia please contact us.

Hosts Global announces the opening of a new DMC in Seattle

Hosts Global (Hosts) announced the opening of Hosts Seattle, a full-service Destination Management Company (DMC) established to produce group programs including meetings, conventions, incentive programs and special events in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest. The opening of this new Seattle business was driven by Hosts’ determination to deliver more strategic value to existing clients and based on high customer demand for Hosts’ services within the destination.

“This is a very exciting time for our company,” said Joshua Jones, DMCP, regional president of Hosts Las Vegas, Hosts Southern California and Hosts Seattle. “We’re thrilled to expand into a bustling destination that is recognised as a top choice for travel to deliver unforgettable group experiences within the city and surrounding area.” Jones and director of sales Laura Wilkens will lead the grand opening and continued growth of Hosts Seattle. The two bring a combined 40+ years of experience in the hospitality industry to the newly established operation and look forward to partnering with Seattle’s destination marketing leaders and hospitality colleagues to grow industry collaboration and new business opportunities.

Hosts Seattle is now the seventh office location opened and operated by Hosts Global, a strategic partner for meeting and event planners worldwide.  Hosts’ high services standards and commitment to delivering exceptional experiences drives customer demand. “

For more information or to request a tailored proposal please contact us.

Connectivity, Education, Collaboration; DMS Connect

Transcending the test of time and pushing the destination education sphere into new heights, DMS Connect returns in February 2019. Established, engaging and well connected the shows held in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney will be the highlight of any outbound program designer’s diary.

DMS Connect is known for its collaborative approach and welcomes exclusively its global destination management company partners, along with trusted airline, tourism marketing and accommodation industry colleagues to provide the market with integrated and informative sessions.  Attending Connect provides a platform for planners to meet with the likes of Pacific World Asia, Spectra and Dragonfly Africa and who have been a part of DMS’ thriving portfolio for almost 3 decades.

February will mark the shows 19th consecutive year, cementing its experience and longevity while signifying its responsiveness to change as it continues to sprout into new dimensions. An attendee from the 2018 edition commented:

‘’We are always trying to find something different to offer our clients as we are fast becoming a well-travelled country. Our clients want unique and different experiences; they want bragging rights and so do we! Now that I have attended Connect, I can’t wait to talk to my clients about the new destinations and suppliers I have met – I feel like I have opened a door to a whole new world!”

The market’s pioneers in DMC representation and destination consulting are elated to bring their network to you in February. The shows commence in Auckland on Monday 25 at The Maritime Room, Melbourne on Tuesday 26 at Aerial and Sydney on Thursday 28 February at Dockside, Cockle Bay Wharf. Connect is by invite only. If you are interested in attending, please contact Thea Mendes on or call DMS on +61 2 9368 1811.

Bluewaters Island in Dubai is now open

Home to the world's largest observation wheel which will begin turning in 2019, Bluewaters Island is now open to the public. Read on to discover the latest destination updates in Dubai

For further information on Dubai with Travco Events (a Pacific World alliance) or for a tailored proposal please contact us.

Bhutan - an emerging destination

Land of Happiness, Kingdom of Healing, and pioneer of the Gross National Happiness concept.

Bhutan is one of the most exclusive destinations in the world, where the past and present co-exist in harmony. It is a niche destination committed to sustainable socio-economic developments and the preservation of the country’s incredible heritage.

Click to discover unique experiences, luxurious accommodation and breathtaking event spaces available in this emerging destination.


Contact us for further information or to request a tailored proposal for Bhutan.

Pacific Destinations Fiji

Major refurbishment plans for Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa

Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Denarau Island has announced plans for a multi-million dollar refurbishment project, set to begin late November.

The renovations begin with the expansion of Waitui Beach Club, with plans to add 24 new beach cabanas, welcoming arrivals area, beachside cocktail bar and undercover dining space for up to 40 guests.

The guest rooms will be updated gradually throughout 2019, beginning with the luxury guestrooms between April – June. Superior and family guestrooms will be upgraded in the second half of 2019.

General manager Vincent Macquet said the final transformation aim to enhance the overall guest experience.

“We’re delighted to announce the highly anticipated rejuvenation of the resort, which already appeals to a loyal clientele and we are certain the transformation will attract a new market of discerning travellers looking for that next level of luxury, which is sure to draw more attention and visitation to Denarau Island,” he said.

The refurbishment will halt between 22 December and 13 January to ensure minimal disturbance to guests staying over the Christmas and New Year period.

For further information please click here or contact us for a tailored proposal to Fiji with Pacific Destinations.

Chicago - USA - Bean reflection

Non-stop Auckland-Chicago opening a world of possibilities

With Air New Zealand launching their non-stop Auckland - Chicago flight on 30 November 2018, Chicago has never been more accessible for Australian and New Zealand travellers.

Not only is Chicago a melting pot of people and personalities, it is a mecca of possibilities. Whether you are looking to indulge your clients with an evening in a swanky cocktail lounge or a magical event at one of Chicago's iconic musical venues, Hosts Chicago (a Hosts Global member) have you covered.

Click to view what's trending in this destination with Hosts Chicago (a Hosts Global member) or contact us for a tailored proposal.


Fiji- Aerial of Monuriki Island, Mamanuca

Fijian Island Updates - Pacific Destinations

Introducing Pullman Nadi Bay Resort & Spa

The 5 star Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa is an upscale beachside resort in a picturesque location, offering  plenty of space to relax and recharge.  

The resort, which is scheduled to open in February 2019, will boast 236 rooms, four signature restaurants and three bars, 611 square metres of meeting and event space, four private meeting spaces (up to 400 people theatre style in the Sogoni Ballroom), state of the art audio visual equipment, a day spa, gym, two swimming pools, yoga room and a tennis court. 


Lomani Refurbs Suites

Lomani Island Resort is pleased to advise that the Resort will be refurbishing the Deluxe Suites and Hibiscus Suites at the property in the first quarter of 2019.These refurbishments will further enhance the product offering at the Resort and will strengthen the resort's position as the leading 4 star adults only Resort in the Mamanuca Islands.

Scope of work includes  A full refurbishment that will include re-tiling of the rooms, new furniture, painting, new lighting and fittings. Of the 8 Deluxe Suites, work will be completed on 4 Deluxe Suites at any one particular time and guests will be staying in the remaining 4 Deluxe Suites. Both Hibiscus Suites will be closed during the dates of work.


For further information on Fiji with Pacific Destinations or to request a tailored proposal please contact us

The echoes of ‘Music City’ with DMS

The sounds from Nashville are authentic, soulful and unpretentious and are easily accessed via direct flight connections from Dallas, Houston and Los Angeles.  A city famous for Tennessee whiskey distilleries, celebrity sightings, plantation mansions, hot chicken, a popular television show and of course music! You can listen to live music at any time of the day, every day – and that includes quality performers from all genres. But wait there’s more – their top industries, healthcare and education are thriving, with well reputed colleges and Vanderbilt University in particular, leading the way on the latter.


Movie stars and musicians including Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift have set up home in Nashville. On the way to IMEX Vegas this year, Marissa Fernandez, DMS and a lucky group of incentive planners called the Sheraton Grand home for a few nights and were served up with an orchestra of experiences, courtesy of DMS’s DMC partner, Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global member.

A walk down to the Boulevard downtown, the centre of ‘Music City’, is filled with character and life and will have you totally immersed in all things fun! The Honky Tonks, with their variety of sounds, will have you kicking up your heels and getting into the spirit of things in no time. Celebrity bars and restaurants are being erected by the minute, providing a great vibe and sense of celebration in this city.

Nashville is like walking into a big warm hug; there is something spirited and natural about this city and it’s all to do with the locals, who’s southern hospitality engulfs you and makes you want to return.

A walking city in the true sense of the term, with museums, Honky Tonk strip and major hotels a brief stroll to and fro. Key areas such as Music Row (home to world famous recording studios), affluent residential suburbs like Franklin and The Gulch, are all within a 20 minute radius of each other.

One client shared ‘’I found the trip to Nashville a real eye-opener to what a great destination it is for incentive programs’’.

Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global member operate with the highest level of integrity while enriching their clients lives through unforgettable moments.

Contact us for a tailored proposal or more information on our DMC partner Maple Ridge Events, a Hosts Global member.