DMS Connect – where the market's leading ground operators converge

As you commence crafting your program pitches and tenders for 2019 and beyond or tackle the last-minute brief that has landed in your inbox for 2018, take comfort in knowing the markets leading represented ground operators will be in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney in March for DMS Connect . DMS’ elite network invests in embarking on the collective trip ‘down under’ to listen to your briefs, share their knowledge and discuss expectations, to partner with you and deliver life changing experiences for your clients. New faces and destinations will be represented at Connect 2018, with representatives from Pacific World Myanmar, Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Tourism Oceania, Jumeriah Hotels & Resorts, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Melia Hotels International, New Caledonia Tourism, Singapore Tourism Board and Tourism Fiji in attendance.

Marissa Fernandez, managing director shared, “Our philosophy remains simple in that we only partner with operators who commit to excellence, are willing to collaborate and above all, provide consistent services levels. Connect has flourished over the past 18 years and we continue to strive to best service the MICE and high-end travel sectors.”

Cultivating unmatched experiences across the world within the luxury travel sphere can be challenging, but offering specialised experiences in emerging destinations, will take your business to the next level. Tekser Tourism & Travel Inc, the leading ground handler in Turkey now offer personalised travel services across Armenia, Georgia and Uzbekistan. Feyhan Kaprali, Managing Partner of the company will attend Connect, along with Karim El Minabawy, President, Emeco Travel who will share with you the latest discoveries and program enhancements across and beyond the Nile in Egypt.

Connect does just what the name suggests; it facilitates meaningful connections and provides you with the resources to sustain and grow your business, providing global connections at your disposal via both DMS’ DMCs’ and its industry network. Connect kicks off in Auckland on Monday 19 March at the Maritime Room; Melbourne on Wednesday 21 March at Metropolis Events; and Sydney on Thursday 22 March at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf. To register click through to request an invitation.

United Kingdom London Tower Bridge

London Calling - Spectra

London is bursting at the seams with multi-cultural exuberance and cosmopolitan sophistication. Uniquely positioned to deliver a special experience that money alone can’t buy, London provides the ultimate reward for excellence!

Click here to discover amazing incentive ideas from our partners in the United Kingdom, Spectra.

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Join us at DMS Connect to meet Graeme from Spectra. He will be sharing his best secrets and travel tips to help you plan your client's next event or incentive in the beautiful cities of the United Kingdom.

Connect kicks off in Auckland on Monday 19 March at The Maritime Room; Melbourne on Wednesday 21 March at Metropolis Events; and Sydney on Thursday 22 March at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf.


India- Hands with Henna

Serene and Royal Experiences with Pacific World India


From the natural beauty of rolling hills and serene lakes, to majestic palaces and beautiful gardens - Udaipur has it all! Considered as one of the most romantic cities of India, Udaipur is a land around the azure water lakes and hemmed in by the lush hills of the Aravallis. The majestic city has had a long history, dating back to 1559, and will make you feel a sense of royalty as soon as you arrive.

Read on to discover options for your clients next adventure to India!

The Sunset Terrace, Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur

Offering unparalleled views of the city’s landmark palaces and magnificent natural scenic beauty, the Sunset Terrace is the perfect location to hold your clients next event.  Consistently rated as one of the top restaurants of India, the Sunset Terrace offers dramatic views of Udaipur's most famous landmark palaces, comforting live music and a delectable menu. Whether you visit in the day or evening you are sure to experience the unique charm and ambiance of this venue.

No. of Pax: Min. 02 pax / Max. 120 pax

Insider Tip: Quiet terrace away from the crowds. Great view overlooking the Lake Palace.


The Gangaur Boat Cruise

The Gangur Boat Cruise, India

The Gangaur boat is the actual (antique) royal barge of the house Mewar. The barge is decorated in a regal way and lit up to resemble a fireball from a distance. A group of as many as 25 can enjoy dinner served in the boat, while up to 35 people can be served cocktail on board.

Insider Tip: One of the most special experiences in the city - delicious food, perfect weather, romantic ambiance and a relaxing experience.


Jagmandir Island Palace: A Palace on an Island in Lake Pichola


Built by Maharana Karan Singhji in the early 1600s but taking its name from Maharana Jagat Singh (1628 – 52), Jagmandir Island Palace is a beautiful venue situated in the midst of Lake Pichola. 
Guests are ferried in beautifully decorated boats across the lake in form of a procession to the JagMandir Island. The whole island is beautifully illuminated and resemles a floating jewel, creating the perfect start for a magical evening. Once inside, the palace transports your clients to another era, recapturing the essence of royal leisure palaces.


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Meet Naveen Rizvi at DMS Connect 2018 who will share his insider tips for planning events, meetings and incentives across India, Bhutan and Nepal.

Connect kicks off in Auckland on Monday 19 March at The Maritime Room; Melbourne on Wednesday 21 March at Metropolis Events; and Sydney on Thursday 22 March at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf.




Hawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group form Interline Partnership

Last week, Hawaiian Airlines and Jetstar Group announced their interline partnership offering travellers from New Zealand convenient flight connections via Auckland to Honolulu.

Jetstar New Zealand's domestic flights from airports including Wellington, Christchurch, Napier and Queenstown now connect to Hawaiian's non stop flight from Auckland to the stunning island of Oahu.

Paradise awaits you in Hawaii, with Hosts Hawaii leading your way! Contact us to request a tailored proposal to this beautiful destination.

Click here to read more from ETB Travel News regarding the interline partnership.



Connect kicks off in Auckland on Monday 19 March at The Maritime Room; Melbourne on Wednesday 21 March at Metropolis Events; and Sydney on Thursday 22 March at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf.

Hawaiian Airlines is one of the sponsors for DMS Connect 2018 and will be exhibiting at the Sydney event on 22 March. Shirley Cambe from Hosts Hawaii will also be exhibiting in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney, visit her to hear about her secrets and passion for this beautiful destination.



Israel - View of the Old City from the Mount of Olives

Israel at 70 with Eshet Incoming

Miri Regev, Cultural Minister, unveiled the special logo for Israel's 70th birthday and released some details of the upcoming celebrations.

In honor of Israel's 70th birthday,  the birthday bash will go for 70 hours, from Wednesday, 18 April 2018 until Saturday, 21 April 2018! It will kick off with the traditional ceremony at Mt. Herzl, the military cemetery where Israel's national heroes are buried, followed by the largest fireworks display in the country's history. After the fireworks end, an all-night beach party begins, stretching along 70 kilometres of coastline. Thursday, 19 April 2018 will feature a parade honouring Israeli innovation and the Israel Prize Ceremony. Friday, 20 April 2018 will see street parties throughout the country! The festivities will wrap up on Saturday, 21 April 2018, with a musical event representative of Israeli society.

Israel - Salt Dead Sea Itamar Grinberg Israel - Jaffa Port 







Discover Israel with Eshet Incoming to celebrate a birthday no one will ever forget!

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Pacific World Malaysia Wins Best Incentive

Pacific World recently won Best Incentive Programme at the rAWr Awards for its “Connecting Young Leaders” event in Malaysia. The rAwr Awards is a biennial recognition and tribute to outstanding achievements in the Meetings, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition industry in Malaysia.

“Pacific World Malaysia is thrilled to accept this year’s RAWR award which brought together young leaders to collaborate about the sustainable future development of the South East Asian region,” said Catherine Chong, Country Manager Pacific World Malaysia. “Our team ensured that the event and local experiences left a positive impact.”

This is Pacific World Malaysia’s third RAWR recognition, with additional awards in 2013 and 2015. The destination and event management company has a strong presence in Malaysia, with experience in destinations like Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Kota Kinabalu and Penang offering a myriad of distinct destinations and multicultural flavors to design incredible events inspired by local culture.

Click here for further information about this award.


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East Africa

Zootopia - East Africa with Dragonfly Africa

Jill Varley from micenet provides an insight into her amazing experience in East Africa with Dragonfly Africa. From experiencing a warm Maasai Warrior welcome to getting up close and personal with the abundance of wildlife, an adventure in Kenya is one you will truly remember.

Click here to discover Jill's adventure with Dragonfly Africa across Kenya.

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*Disclaimer: Despite the mention in the article, there are no jaguars in Kenya

Hosts Has Heart

Hosts Has Heart

Hosts Global is spreading their love this holiday season by pooling their resources and providing financial support to their DMCs in destinations affected by recent disasters.

Follow the below links to discover more about Hosts Global:

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Unparalleled Connections; DMS Connect

Committed to collaboration and consistency, DMS Destination Marketing Services serves up its interactive roadshow again in 2018. Providing the events industry with a dynamic showcase in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland, DMS Connect is the market’s only event with an unparalleled volume of DMC experts under one roof.


Targeting leading incentive, event and high-end leisure professionals working in the international travel space, DMS Connect creates a platform for free-flowing interactions with the world’s premier destination management companies. The roadshow also allows attendees the opportunity to win extraordinary prizes showcasing the all-encompassing DMS network of not only DMCs, but partnerships with major airlines, hotel chains and tourism boards.

Dedicated to facilitating meaningful connections, managing director Marissa Fernandez shares, “Year on year our DMC partners commit to visiting Australia and New Zealand to establish and maintain their relationships with our valued clients. Their understanding of our market is a testament to the success of not only DMS Connect, but our business and prime position in the market”.

For those with clients enthused by major sporting events, DMS Connect 2018 will see Travel Russia in attendance sharing their hot tips for the FIFA World Cup 2018; JTBGMT providing the latest on RWC 2019 and the Summer Olympics in 2020 and Lafayette Group highlighting their tailored made programs for the Ryder Cup in Paris 2018.

Dragonfly Africa will be celebrating at Connect in Auckland with the South African government announcing NZ passport holders residing outside of Auckland and Wellington will no longer have to lodge their visa application in person, rather with written consent from the applicant.

Paying homage to their past, DMS acknowledges the longevity of their business is attributed to their esteemed DMC partners such as Spectra, Hosts Global and Pacific World across Asia, while focused on accelerating towards the future to remain market leaders in their field.

Connect kicks off in Auckland on Monday 19 March at The Maritime Room; Melbourne on Wednesday 21 March at Metropolis Events; and Sydney on Thursday 22 March at Doltone House – Jones Bay Wharf.

To learn more about DMS’ global connections or DMS Connect  click here.