CEO of Access Destination Services, Chris Lee, interviewed with Smart Meetings TV at 2015’s IMEX America, who spoke about the importance of consolidation in the meetings industry. He says there has been more DMC consolidation in the past ten years than there has been in 40 years. He calls Access Destination Services a pioneer in the DMC industry, and describes it as a seamless organization comprised of independently owned DMCs around North America that are brought together under one brand.
Lee states that many DMC organizations are membership based, which poses a challenge for clients because the need to individually source destinations is still present. He says Access Destination Services allows for locally owned and operated DMCs to go to market as one company, noting that customers can have a single point of relationship.
The CEO shares that, combined with their partner Pacific World; Access Destination Services covers 100 destinations worldwide. Lee adds that clients can enjoy efficiency and consistency of service, and says that many industry partnerships are plagued by an unfortunate combination of locations which are exceptional, adequate and sometimes subpar.
Lee adds that Access Destination Services is the slowest-growing national brand. He says the company has been in service for 40 years and only in the last seven years have they become a national brand. He attributes this to strategically planned and meticulous growth.
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