According to the Events Industry Council (EIC) there are more than 11,000 meeting professionals in 55 countries around the globe that have obtained this designation. We understand the value of education and what this designation states about your commitment to the meetings/hospitality industry.
DM-Connection was recently asked to participate in a round table discussion featured by EIC, along with several other industry professionals about the value of the CMP. You can read the entire article here.
2018 Meeting Trends
According to a recent article published in Successful Meetings magazine, they surveyed corporate, association and third party planners and asked them what the top trends for meetings would be in 2018. According to the survey, 59% reported providing quality meetings on a limited budget, 55% reported that managing safety and security risks for their meetings will be key in 2018 among other items listed. The most common areas for cost-cutting were: 55% - Reducing the Food and Beverage budget, 30% - Offering fewer optional activities and 27% - Avoiding beach/resort destinations were in the top on the planners lists.
The survey offers a very good insight into what planners are thinking about and what they are challenged with for their meetings in 2018. You can read the entire article here
I'm happy to share this news with my industry partners. I am also proud to say that Destination Management Connection is the only DMC in Wisconsin that is a member of ADMEI.
January 23, 2018
Contact: Kathryn Gleesing, MBA, CMP Destination Management Connection 414.750.0057 Kathryn@dm-connection.com
Destination Management Connection Is Granted Membership for Top Industry Association
Milwaukee, WI - Destination Management Connection (DM-Connection) a destination
management company (DMC) located in New Berlin, WI was recently granted a provisional
membership in the Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI).
ADMEI is the premier DMC association and sets a new bar for DMC's in the area.
DMC's are third party companies hired to provide professional services for the planning and
implementation of out-of-town events, programs and services. It's a valuable service offered to
group's that hold meetings and events outside of their community, and is valued for their
extensive knowledge of the local area as well as its professional relationships and local
ADMEI is the voice of the destination management industry and the premier resource for
education, standards and practices within the DMC industry. ADMEI has a global presence and a
respected reputation for sharing the value of DMCs to both internal and external stakeholders. ADMEI is the trusted partner in the certification of destination management professionals and the accreditation of destination management companies which operates around the core values of excellent and ethical business practices. The association currently has members worldwide and has a high standard of requirements in order to meet membership approval.
"I'm proud DM-Connection has been accepted as a member of ADMEI. It will give me resources and knowledge about the industry to better serve my clients that I would not be able to get anywhere else," says Kathryn Gleesing, President of DM-Connection. "It also clearly communicates to potential new clients the level of professionalism and expertise that DM-Connection offers," adds Gleesing.
DM-Connection is a Women and Native American owned business with over 30 years of experience in destination and meeting management, including: providing assistance with airport arrivals/departures, decor, entertainment, meeting and event management, site selection, tours, transportation, etc. DM-Connection provides service to company's seeking assistance in Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
This is a great article just published about how Milwaukee has grown over the years in the tourism and convention industry. It shares the economic impact that tourism has on the city and the State of Wisconsin and how Milwaukee is ready for foreign visitors with tourist brochures in 12 languages and many partners that are creating experiences in the city for those travelers. You can read the entire article here.
It's hard to believe with all these cool temperatures in the area lately, but with the weather projected to heat up to the 40's this weekend, the Ice Bars in the Third Ward have been postponed until next week. You can read the full article here.
The Marcus Corporation announced yesterday the InterContinental Hotel will be re-branded to an independent arts hotel. According to a recent article in Biz Times, Greg Marcus, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Marcus Corp was quoted "The arts spark conversation and debate. The arts inspire and heal. They are part of our daily life, while also serving as an escape. For generations, Milwaukee’s arts scene has been central to the city’s health, vibrancy and reputation as a culturally relevant home and destination. By re-imagining this hotel’s place in our community, we aspire to serve as a welcoming, freeing space for those who wish to experience Milwaukee through an entirely different lens.” The hotel is expected to be completed mid-2019. The hotel has 221 rooms in Milwaukee's downtown Theater District. You can read the entire article here
Milwaukee Is Growing
There are 23 new development projects going on in the City of Milwaukee and surrounding areas that will totally change the landscape of this city. Some of them are tourism related (Milwaukee Bucks Arena, Milwaukee Streetcar, Summerfest redevelopment) but other projects are enhanced shopping, new stores like the first IKEA in Wisconsin and others are Universities adding new buildings or dorms, new office and apartment structures going up in downtown Milwaukee. The Health Care system is also adding to their existing facilities, entrepreneurial hubs for minority businesses and schools and lastly to the biggest development announcement in Wisconsin - Foxconn Technology Group. You can read about all the new developments in this article.
Milwaukee Is In 'Tune' With The Times
There is a freeway ramp near the Lakefront in Milwaukee that has a tune inscribed on the wall. It recently was discussed in the news because people have been trying to figure out what the song or tune was from. It has been revealed, "The musical notes are the chorus to the song "Smiles" and was written by Lee S. Roberts in 1917. Judy Garland and a number of other singers have sung it at various times, according to a recently article in On Milwaukee. They also mentioned how the tune came to be on the wall: "During the meetings, many options were considered for the design of the wall along the northbound exit from the Hoan Bridge. The group supported the idea of combining the ideas of water and music bringing together the themes that represent this area of the lakefront."
Shiner suggested "Smiles" is certainly appropriate as a reference to the Summerfest logo.
As an aside, Pyrtiz added that, "the oscillation of the staff and chord lines are meant to represents the waves of Lake Michigan." You can read the entire article here
Another reason to smile when you're in Milwaukee!
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra recently acquired the Grand Theater in Milwaukee's Westown district and will work on redeveloping the theater to be the new home of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. The project will be a multi-million dollar renovation in the heart of downtown Milwaukee and is slated to open in Fall of 2020. You can read the entire article and see additional photos of the new facility here
We're chillin' in Wisconsin
Wisconsinites do not hibernate during the Winter, rather we chill doing fun things like taking in the US National Snow Sculpting competition in Lake Geneva, January 29-February 4th and of course it wouldn't be Milwaukee without beer and the Ice Bars that are coming to the Third Ward on January 19th. Get out and enjoy both activities!
Here is a link to the US National Snow sculpting competition schedule
Information about the Ice Bars in the Third Ward
something to think about...
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