DMS Connect took place in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland in March 2017
SYDNEY: Monday 6 March 2017
Ivy l Ivy Ballroom
320-330 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
MELBOURNE: Tuesday 7 March 2017
Park Hyatt Melbourne l Trilogy Room
1 Parliament Square, Melbourne VIC 3002
AUCKLAND: Thursday 9 March 2017
The Maritime Room
149 Quay Street, Auckland New Zealand
Exhibitors at the 2017 roadshow
What is DMS Connect?
The events showcase DMS’ worldwide leading and long term tourism business partners to the Australian and New Zealand events industry. These business partners include destination
management companies (DMCs), who are the experts at handling conference, incentive and/or high-end leisure group business, from the creative aspect of the program to the logistics on the day.
The exhibitors are fully equipped with the latest trends and products to discuss with you the most suitable options to suit your clients’ budgets and exceed their expectations.
- It’s your opportunity to get acquainted with our leading global hotel groups, NTO’s, airlines and DMCs in the world; meet face to face with the people that handle your programs overseas
- Learn about the latest trends, product developments and hot new destinations
- Discuss exciting new ideas for your groups, with experts from the destinations who are here to help you win more business
- Ask the questions you’ve been contemplating regarding their respective destination
- Educate them on your needs and challenge them to come back to you with a program that suits and exceeds your expectations
- Obtain key information that will assist you when you are negotiating with your corporate clients
- Meet the DMS team that keeps you connected throughout the rest of the year
- Network with your colleagues in the industry and discuss the challenges and changes that face us
DMS Connect attracts some of the best door prizes given at any event. Airlines who are keen to increase their market share from the incentive/conference group movement, know that once a year the who’s who of the event industry congregate at DMS Connect – hence their generous sponsorship of door prizes.
The DMCs in conjunction with their major suppliers combine the airline prize with an amazing land component.
Our generous sponsors for 2017:
DMS Connect 2017 coverage in the media
Some Testimonials from our clients and partners who attended our Roadshow:
“It was my first DMS experience and I really enjoyed meeting your DMCs and key suppliers and thought the whole event was really professionally presented.”
Anne Gowlett, Director, Insignia Management (PCO)
“Thank you all for your wonderful enthusiasm, support, general hospitality and planning last week (5 – 10 March 2017). The high attendance levels and calibre of companies attending is testimony to the great respect the clients have for DMS and the positioning of DMS Connect in their annual calendar. I could not have been more pleased with the standard of my meetings and only regret that there’s not enough time to get to know or meet with more of the attendees.
I think DMS Connect is the perfect combination of working and playing hard which is everything I love about this business and I have enjoyed your company enormously these last few days – thank you again! Here’s to the next 25 years!”
Frances Wyatt, Director of Sales & Marketing, Spectra (DMC)
DMS Connect is a great marketing tool that has been truly valued by Shackman Associates New York ever since its inception. Marissa, Michelle, Niharika, and the whole DMS team go above and beyond expectations. It’s a lot of work to gather the calibre of clients they do, but the DMS team does it with ease and we’re grateful for the opportunity to maintain these relationships- especially at DMS Connect.
Jeff Ward, Director of Operations, Shackman Associates New York (DMC)
“Just a quick note to thank you and the DMS team for hosting yet another outstanding DMS Connect last Monday (7 March 2016) in Sydney. The event was perfectly organised to showcase the leading global DMCs you represent, and it was a great opportunity for me to renew old friendships and make new acquaintances without having to cross the world to do so! I managed to meet almost all of the DMCs in attendance and it was a very productive morning for me.
I have to congratulate you too on the breadth and scope of the prizes you secured. Even though I was not a winner, I was really impressed, not just with the sheer number of prizes, but how well-complemented each was with flights, accommodation and ground arrangements. I know that is no easy feat!
Please extend my thanks to all the DMCs, I know they have come a very long way for a whitsle-stop tour and it is much appreciated.”
Nina Prakash, Groups & Events Manager, MP Travel (PCO)
“You always bring such quality operators to Australia and there is nothing like face to face meetings to progress your business. It was wonderful to see “old’ faces and to talk about trends and opportunities ……….. I wish the trade could better understand the need to meet the operators to make their future secure.”
George Booth, Director of Sales, Travel Tree (PCO)
“I am sorry that we did not have more time to catch up at your recent road show in Auckland. We found it most useful and spent valuable time with a number of the DMC’s that we had targeted to meet. Recently we have placed business with a number of DMC’s in your group.”
Malcolm Beattie, Chief Executive, Parnell Partners Group (PCO)
“Thank you for a wonderful day – we had only planned to spent an hour but had to be kicked out at the end – a true indication of how good it was!”
Vickie Carson, Managing Director, Global Events NZ (PCO)
“Just a quick note to say thank you for today…really good set up and good vibe in the room. I certainly managed to see the people I need to speak to and got some really good info….. good new additions to your group….I think they will do well as they have a lot to offer and mostly unknown in the Aussie market.
It was also good to catch up with the old team and from general comments around the room the event was well received.
Again, my sincere thanks for yours and your DMCs support.”
Marilyn Dillon, Contract Groups Manager, Blue Full Service Travel (PCO)
“Thank you for a lovely event and bringing everyone to Auckland. The format worked really well and it allowed plenty of time for chatting with the various representatives. For me, there were a number exciting destinations that I will be exploring for 2017 and beyond.”
Lynette White, Event Manager, Carters
Congratulations and Thank You DMS Team!
Karen Christensen, Vice President, Hosts Global Alliance (DMC)
“I thoroughly enjoy the DMS Workshop as I find a lot gets accomplished when meeting with a client. Since DMS knows all the best PCOs and event operators in Australia and New Zealand it is a great opportunity to connect and put a face to the name, as we correspond via email all the time. DMS ensured I got to meet with all the clients that wanted to learn more about Hawaii.”
Shirley Cambe, General Manager Host Hawaii (DMC)