Destination Management Companies (DMCs) are destination experts in planning business events for companies and offer a wealth of services and in-depth knowledge of a city.
Beyond arranging tours and group transportation, DMCs of today have evolved and offer innovative itineraries, content and event management services that allow you to host your best event.
While it may be easy to put together an event for 30 yourself, if you are planning a big scale event for 300 or even 5,000 delegates, leaving your precious event in the hands of the professionals is the right way to ensure a successful occasion.
With local knowledge, expertise, resources and networks in their city, DMCs design and implement creative itineraries, activities, execute your logistics and accommodation requirements to ensure your event runs smoothly.
We’ve put together our five recommended DMC experts based in Singapore for your next group meeting or incentive trip to Asia:
Pacific World was originally co-founded by Bob Guy and was one of the first few DMCs to provide services in Singapore. Originally from California, Bob migrated to Asia in the 1970s before settling in Singapore in 1979. He served as the Group General Manager of Tour East before co-founding Pacific World and was its Regional Managing Director till 2010. Pacific World, now under the TUI group, is a regional network of DMCs with a strong presence in Asia. As specialists in destination and conference management, they have been often credited for creating experiential offsite social events for a major Travel and Retail Conference Exhibition for the past 13 years. Pacific World was tasked with the social program, welcome cocktail, chill out party and gala night for its 1,500 attendees and created unique events like the “Shake and Style” theme party which featured cocktail entertainment and showcased the Singapore Sling.
Helmed by Yvonne Low and her team of over 50 employees, Traveller DMC has been providing exclusive experiences to business travellers and groups since 2005. The company’s services include tours and activities, transfers, hotel and accommodations in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. They have also been awarded Best Inbound Travel Award by Singapore Tatler, a luxury lifestyle publication for 12 consecutive years (2007- 2019).
Established in 1969, World Express is currently headed by Darren Tan. World Express is a full-service DMC and they are known for delivering inspiring travel experiences to visitors of Singapore. World Express was also recognised as a finalist for the Best Incentive/Meetings Organiser under the Singapore Tourism Awards 2017 for managing Morinda China, an international health supplement company and organizing the incentive programme in November 2016 for 150 of its top distributors.
East West Planners
Helmed by Janet Tan Collis, East West Planners is an industry veteran that was awarded the lifetime achievement award at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2017. Established in 1982 and in operation for over 30 years, East West Planners specialises in experiential travel catering to the corporate and luxury segment with clientele from the U.S, Europe, Middle East, Australia and China. East West is also the only and preferred supplier of the Virtuoso Network of agencies specialising in luxury and experiential travel. Janet’s thoughtful and innovative itineraries are tailored to the needs of each group. Janet recounts her experience handling the offsite dinner event for the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Congress in 2016 as being the most memorable where she planned and executed a uniquely local dining experience for over 3,000 delegates at Makansutra Gluttons by the Bay.
Fronting the team at SingExpress are Kathryn Loh and Eunice Chua. The affable Eunice with her confidence, spunk and wealth of local knowledge has charmed a loyal following of clients that return to Singapore because of the trust they place in her. A division of SingExpress Travel, SingExpress DMC provides a comprehensive range of destination management services catered for corporates. This includes everything from lifestyle and culinary tours to architectural appreciation. SingExpress DMC lists high-profile clients and groups including the 60 top management from Bidvest for the BidVest Conference 2014 in Singapore as part of their success stories.