The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) is the only global non-profit association dedicated to increasing the professionalism and effectiveness of destination management through education, promotion of ethical practices and availability of information to the meetings, convention and incentive travel industries, as well as the general public.
ADMEI publishes White Papers that provide important information for the meeting professional interested in understanding more about how a DMC functions and how to make the most effective use of their services.
A Bus is Just a Bus... or is it?
With time being one of the scarcest resources in today’s economy, one could logically think that it makes sense for a convention planner to use a company that offers shuttle service in a wide range of cities, otherwise known as a traveling shuttle company. Just like a service contractor, A/V provider or housing service, a transportation provider who works with your group over several years will learn the intricacies of your shuttle and attendee patterns, saving you the time of selecting and educating a new transportation provider every year. There are, however, pitfalls when using a traveling shuttle company. Unlike service contractors, AV providers and housing services, knowledge of the destination is the most important factor when planning a safe and efficient shuttle.
The Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) has endorsed this White Paper to educate planners on the value and benefits of using a local Destination Management Company (DMC) for this very critical meeting component.
In the past decade, convention shuttles appear to have become a commodity. As a result, many traveling shuttle companies have emerged to compete with local DMCs. This paper has been written to compare the benefits of working with a local destination management company vs. a traveling shuttle company. Note, when a DMC is used to provide shuttle service in a destination other than their own, it is wise for them to use a local DMC for all the reasons outlined in this paper. A partnership between two DMCs can create a perfect solution, in which the traveling DMC has the ongoing relationship with the client and knowledge of their shuttle, and the local DMC has the knowledge, expertise and staff in the destination.
For More Information, Contact
Fran Rickenbach, CAE, IOM
ADMEI Executive Vice President
+1.937.586.3699 – fax