The Spanish DMC organized a true incentive-style meeting which featured visits to many of the Seville´s top sights and venues, including a private visit of the Royal Alcazar, a tapas dinner at Robles Placentines, a gala dinner at Casa de Salinas, a teambuilding activity in the streets of Seville (powered by Padcelona and their tech-teambuilding solutions), as well as a farewell red & black dinner at the Alfonso XIII.
We were able to join euromic for their educational programme as well as parts of the social activities and could check the benefits of collaboration, with members sharing ideas and challenges. Spain proves to be a significant market for DMCs in some other countries, though budgets and commissions are sometimes a challenge with Spanish groups. We enjoyed a group eager to share and improve. And yes, dinner at Casa Salinas, created by Cobos Catering, was stunning! The official hotel was the Meliá Sevilla.
euromic´ annual general meeting provided representatives from member DMCs the opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, discuss association and industry issues, lay out plans for the year ahead, elect a new board of directors and a new president (Mr Hasan Dinç from ODS Turkey) and welcome new members, such as Risbecker International in Sweden (re-joining), Solways Cuba in Cuba and Premio DMC in Costa Rica.
euromic, founded in 1973, is a non-commercial association, created to market and promote its members on a worldwide basis. It boasts membership in 44 destinations. Each member company is an independent and experienced DMC which has joined euromic after a qualification process to ensure consistent quality amongst members. Membership is limited to one DMC per country and euromic´s Christophe Verstraete calls it "both a privilege and a quality seal". euromic is a partnership organization and never takes commission from its DMC´s
Actually, Christophe tells us, "the term DMC has been invented by euromic in order to distinguish the function of its members from those of ground service operators". It was created in 1982. "Since DMC´s offer a full service operation, they must have a perfect understanding of their destination: this means they need to be familiar with its strong points and its customs and need to have an excellent relationship with their suppliers", he adds.