2017 was an incredibly busy year for ECO DMS as we engaged in a year-long celebration of our 30th anniversary. But it was also a very rewarding year – and we mean that literally! We are proud to have won two important awards for being a leader in destination management services in the Dutch Caribbean. In addition to all the festivities and activities that happened related to our 30th anniversary, we are pleased to announce these recent awards and recognitions ECO DMS has received:
NorthStar Travel Group is a leading company in business-to-business information about corporate travel with a special focus on MICE (meetings, incentive, conferences and exhibits) travel. In short, they help connect the buyers and sellers of corporate travel services. In 2017 this group produced its first-ever Stella Awards to recognize and honor suppliers who “…consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events worldwide” (source).
There were 18 different categories included in the awards, such as hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, convention and visitor centers, and destination management companies, with the United States divided up into six different regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, Far West, and finally International and US Territories. It was ECO DMS who won the Stella Award for Best DMC in the International and US Territories region. Yes, you read that correctly – ECO DMS was literally competing with all non-US destination management companies. Among the three finalists were an Italian DMC and French DMC. The finalists in each category were determined by industry professionals in an open voting process. The winner in each category was selected by a panel of expert judges in conjunction with editors from NorthStar Meetings Group.
Needless to say, we are profoundly appreciative of this kind of industry recognition and cherish this one most of all among all our recent awards! And we owe it all to two things: The visionary leadership of CEO Wichita Villacres, and the hard work of all ECO DMS employees to provide top-notch destination management services that exceed client expectations.
BI Worldwdie (BIW) is a global engagement company, and one of their main focal points of work is in the area of Events, Meetings and Shows. Its new Inspirational Partners initiative recognizes companies who provide truly outstanding and measurable results to their clients and customers.
Inspirational Partners. This new initiative is part of an ongoing effort to provide outstanding service and measurable results to customers. Companies were recognized at BIW’s Inspirational Partner Forum which is designed to bring key suppliers together for education and information exchange. The category in which ECO DMS won was called Make it Happen – meaning a supplier who best partnered with BIW and clients to address logistical challenges with a creative solution.
Mary MacGregor, Vice President of Event Solutions at BIW explained the decision to honor ECO DMS in this as follows: “We’re proud to honor ECO DMS as an Inspirational Partner. Their high standards and attention to detail help us to deliver the excellent service our clients deserve. We look forward to continuing our partnership.” And we think that pretty much says it all! We’re very proud to add Inspiration Partner to our growing list of recent awards.
When your company starts thinking about its next MICE travel program or event, we hope you’ll consider making the Dutch Caribbean your destination of choice – see our article 5 Reasons Why Aruba is One Happy Island for MICE Travelers if you need a little convincing. ECO DMS is your go-to destination management company to create exciting and memorable itineraries in Aruba and Curaçao, and we’ve earned recent awards to prove it! Please contact ECO DMS if your company would like to start exploring options for its next MICE Travel program!
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