Planning a meeting in Las Vegas or attending a convention in Las Vegas and having to organize satellite events?
DMCs: A Las Vegas Planning Essential
National planners who are thinking of making Las Vegas their corporate meeting destination but have never organized an event in the city are in for a big surprise. Unlike other event destination cities, there’s no set list of primary venues and vendors: everything is game. Just about every institution or organization is in on the event and hospitality industry, so planners have limitless possibilities for creating full and productive corporate itineraries. For many planners, the wealth of choices in Vegas can be overwhelming rather than welcoming. If this is the case, planners can rest easy knowing that the Las Vegas market has a valuable resource in its team of Destination Management Companies (DMCs).

What’s a DMC? For most planners working outside of the Las Vegas territory, the term might be unfamiliar. That’s because most other cities don’t have a significant presence of local DMCs. However, when planning in Vegas, having a world-class Destination Management Company on your side can make a world of difference. “A DMC is a local expert, says Molly Vincent, Vice President of A Vegas Expression. “They have key relationships with local vendors, restaurants and hotels, and have a firm grasp of everything that’s opening and closing.”

The nature of Las Vegas as a city is the major factor why DMCs are such a vital part of the events industry. As any regular visitor to Vegas knows, the city is in a perpetual state of change. As a result, the local industry is always evolving and incorporating new venues and facilities into its pipeline. All of the major resorts on the Strip renovate or expand on a regular basis, and the city’s dining sector sees new concepts opening up every quarter. As Ms. Vincent puts it, “nothing stands still in Vegas.”

A Destination Management Company affords planners an insider view of what the city’s current state looks like. They also have valuable experience working with every major venue, so they know the ins and outs of each facility. Such information is vital when you consider the hazards of organizing a meeting from a bubble across the country. Say you want to plan a banquet-style event at the Bellagio with food by Wild Truffles Catering. But what if the Bellagio only allows catering from their preferred vendor list? A DMC would have been able to point that out to you long before you had your heart set on the Bellagio. Similarly, they know what each venue is capable of and what amenities they have to offer. Not only that, the high volume of vendors DMCs work with can result in deeper discounts that wouldn’t be offered to standalone planners.

DMCs are no longer being sought out by just the corporate sector. The private market in Las Vegas has begun to see the value of DMCs and have utilized them for reunions, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays, anniversaries and holiday gatherings. The truth of the matter is, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning an event in Las Vegas. In this city, everything escalates, so even the simplest design plan can grow into a complex production. With that in mind, it’s much better to have an ally working for you that has your best interests at heart.

DMCs are a major asset. There’s no question about that. DMCs such as A Vegas Expression are full-service institutions that are capable of orchestrating a successful event from the ground up. For example, not only does A Vegas Expression provide tours and event staffing, they also assist in hotel contracts and negotiate all deals on behalf of the planner. In addition, they make sure that at least one representative is on-site to ensure that the meeting goes off without a hitch. How’s that for customer service?

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