Need an alternative solution to coordinating a destination event? If you're considering holding your event in a different city, think about securing the services of a Destination Management Company (DMC). A Destination Management Company is a fee-based company that provides general information and assistance in a city.
A DMC has expertise in most aspects of meeting and event planning. Use them for tour arrangements, venue selection, event coordination/management, themed dinner creation, etc. They can even help suggest unique special gifts, take spouses and guests on city tours, or meet and greet your VIPs at the airport. Think of them as a second pair of hands at your meeting location. The primary benefit to using a DMC is they know the city well and can recommend suppliers based on unbiased, firsthand experience.
Ask your hotel salesperson for a list of recommended DMCs in the area, or find one at the Association of Destination Management Executives website.