Destination Management Consultants – Meeting Planners’ Secret Weapons!

Posted on December 10, 2012


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Are you planning a Corporate Meeting here at the Event Center?  Consider the adding the services of a Destination Management Company.

A Destination Management Company (DMC) is one a professional services company possessing extensive local knowledge, expertise and resources, specializing in the design and implementation of events, activities, tours, transportation and program logistics.  A DMC provides a ground service based on local knowledge of their given destinations. These services can be transportation, hotel accommodation, restaurants, activities, excursions, conference venues, themed events, gala dinners and logistics, meetings, incentive schemes as well as helping with overcoming language barriers.  DMCs can provide preferential rates based on the buying power they have with their preferred suppliers.

San Mateo County Event Center is pleased to partner with two DMCs here in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The services provided by these DMCs will further enhance our client relationships.  Two prominent DMCs we have partnered with are Elizabeth Korondy of Discover Events Group and Elaine Herman of Kuoni Destination Management.

Elizabeth Korondy of Discover Events Group

Elizabeth Korondy of Discover Events Group

Elizabeth of Discover Events Group has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years and has been employed by world-renown hotels, sports marketing organizations and destination management companies throughout the United States and Europe.   Elizabeth has worked with C-level executives and Fortune 100 firms in both sales and operations roles. Her creative ideas and boundless energy give her the ability to deliver world-class events. She has the knowledge and experience to take any event from good to great by always exceeding her clients’ expectations.  For the past two years, Elizabeth has been an Independent Consultant and has held the responsibility for research and development, marketing, sales and operations for each of her events.  Elizabeth’s events are known for high quality, attention to detail and worldly sophistication.

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About Discover Events Group:

Discover Events Group is a full service meeting and event planning company.  Their services are customized to meet their clients’ needs by providing them with destination management services which include research and development, site selections, contract negotiations and on-site logistics.  Highlights of their services include:

  • Meeting and event management
  • Destination research and site selection
  • Hotel and event space contract and negotiations
  • Creative development, theme, décor and entertainment
  • Meet and greet service at all Bay Area airports
  • Hospitality and registration staffing
  • Transportation services to and from your event
  • Fine Dining events from restaurants, farm to table, wine caves to private yachts
  • Tours, recreation and team building events
  • Sporting events at all of the Bay Area’s major arenas
  • Golf, spa and relaxing excursions
Elaine Herman, Kuoni Destination Management

Elaine Herman, Kuoni Destination Management

Elaine of Kuoni Destination Management relocated to the Bay Area when she began her career in hospitality almost 20 years ago.  Working as a banquet server while attending culinary school, she began her education as an event specialist while simultaneously studying to be a pastry chef.  Upon graduating, she quickly learned that the kitchen wasn’t where she wanted to be, and so began a professional journey that included several years as the Food & Beverage Director at an exclusive country club and as the onsite General Manager of the corporate dining program at a large Silicon Valley software company.  Even though she was on the management fast track, she kept gravitating back towards special events.  Following her heart, she began to focus on catering and special event production, where she had the good fortune to work on celebrity events, large scale corporate events for thousands of people, meetings, conferences and incentives, and of course, weddings.  This background has served her well, as she has an intimate knowledge of event logistics, venues, catering, décor, rentals…everything that takes place behind the scenes.  She maintains relationships with the best and brightest of the Bay Area events community.


About Kuoni Destination Management:

Kuoni Destination Management provides tailor-made travel logistics services all around the world to professional travel organizers.  Kuoni sources and coordinate local services – from accommodation, venues and catering, to social programs, transportation and events management – in a wide range of travel fields: sports events, cruises, meetings, incentives, conferences, events and congresses.

With their unique network, which consists of over 70 wholly-owned destination management companies (DMCs) and 20 sales offices throughout the world, Kuoni knows their destinations inside out and this allows them to consistently create fresh ideas which will inspire even the most discerning traveler.  Kuoni Destination Management has been voted “World’s Leading Destination Management Company” by the World Travel Awards in 2010 and 2011.