Global DMC Partners, the global network of Destination Management Companies (DMCs), announced the winners of its 2018 awards at their annual Connection in Warsaw, Poland last August 18th. The 2018 International Partner of the Year was awarded to Tropical Incentives DMC.
The event, held in Sheraton Warsaw Hotel, attracted just under 200 industry professionals who explored this up-and-coming meetings destination. This year, offerings were divided into U.S. versus international events for all industry members, and included a roundtable discussion on general data protection regulations and the related role of meeting planners. There was also a presentation from Michael Dominguez, chief sales officer for MGM International.
Representing Tropical Incentives DMC attended Alex Medina, Associate Director of Sales in Cancun, and Ana Corona, General Manager in Puerto Vallarta. Prior to the award ceremony, Alex distributed “maracas” and “charro hats” as souvenirs to some of the attendees. When Tropical Incentives DMC was mentioned as winner of the International Partner of the Year 2018, Alex’s excitement and joy were revealed when he took the stage shaking the maracas, an action that was joined by those who had such musical instruments, creating a festive and peculiar atmosphere.
Other winners of the night were Realize Colorado and Shackman Associates New York, both were awarded the 2018 U.S. Partner of the Year, marking the second time each DMC received the award.
Catherine Chaulet, President of Global DMC Partners, congratulated the DMC award winners and said, “We are delighted to recognize meeting planners through our client awards each year.” She added, “Realize Colorado, Shackman Associates, and Tropical Incentives are the ideal representation of what it means to be a Global DMC Partner. We are thrilled to honor these three, spectacular DMCs due to their entire teams’ passion for creativity and quality, which in turn, results in outstanding client feedback.”
At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Global DMC Partners announced that Connection 2019 will be hosted by Tropical Incentives DMC from August 22-25, 2019 at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico.