admei logoHosted in a very snowy Montreal, the 2013 ADMEI Annual Conference was a great success. We were thrilled to be a part of the event and engage in discussion about how the Destination Management Industry can continue to thrive moving forward. Despite the increasing popularity of virtual conferences, nothing beats actually meeting with clients and colleagues face to face.

The annual ADMEI conference consistently provides one of the best venues for professionals from all aspects of our business to get together for a focused discussion of important topics surrounding the Destination Management Industry, and the gathering in Montreal was no different. Some of the notable trends that emerged at the conference surrounded the modernization of the industry. There is a marked increase in technology awareness and a pull towards technology that is fueled by our need to do things better and more efficiently.

It was also great to see the influx of young professionals at the conference bringing newfound ambition and passion to the industry. Undoubtedly this new energy helped usher in progressive ideas about program sustainability and positive community relations. The continued influence of modern thinkers on the industry is a certainty, and the ADMEI conference is the preeminent place to share, listen, collaborate, and grow from the experiences of other industry professionals. It’s truly a hotbed of ideas that attendees can learn from and build upon. Attendees can learn about and assess successful business plans, emerging industry trends, and even innovative program designs and concepts from award winning programs.

The conference wasn’t only about informative, serious business, but it was also full of exciting events designed to bring the whole group together.

padraic-award-250We would also like to congratulate all the 2013 ADMEI Achievement Award Winners, particularly our partners Padraic Gilligan and Nicole Marsh. Padraic, who has worked in destination management since 1998 and is a DMCP with Ovation Global in Dublin, Ireland, was named the Destination Management Professional of the Year. Nicole Marsh is the owner of Arrangers DMC, which won awards for Best Recreational Activity, Best Teambuilding Activity, and Best Overall Program.

The 2013 ADMEI Annual Conference proved to be an excellent venue for taking the pulse of the DMC Industry; seeing the current trends as well as the developing trends of the future is always exciting. We’re looking forward to the 2014 conference in Washington D.C.!