August 23rd, 2018

Global DMC Partners Announces Annual Award Winners and Connection 2019

Global DMC Partners, the largest global network of Destination Management Companies (DMCs), revealed its 2018 Rising Star, 2018 Global Planner of the Year, 2018 International Partner of the Year, and 2018 U.S. Partner of the Year at their annual Connection in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday, August 18th.   

Pictured Left to Right: Shelley Meixell (GDP), Fagel Baer (Ferguson), Catherine Chaulet (GDP)

Client award winners included Fagel Baer from Ferguson, who was given the 2018 Rising Star award, and Kuba Piotrowski from Oriflame, who was declared 2018 Global Planner of the Year and serves on the Global DMC Partners Customer Advisory Board. Global DMC Partners selected the client award winners after thoughtful review of the award winners’ customer loyalty, dedication to Global DMC Partners’ growth and success, and meetings and incentives industry involvement.

Pictured Left to Right: Sebastian Kubin (GDP), Kuba Piotrowski (Oriflame), Catherine Chaulet (GDP)

Catherine Chaulet, President of Global DMC Partners, stated, “We are delighted to recognize meeting planners through our client awards each year. Both Kuba and Fagel, along with their companies, are huge proponents of Global DMC Partners and the DMC Industry as a whole, and it’s planners like them who inspire our network to perform at the highest standards to continuously exceed our clients’ needs.”

Pictured: Global DMC Partners Team with Tropical Incentives' Ana Corona & Alex Medina

The 2018 International Partner of the Year was awarded to Tropical Incentives, serving Cancun, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, and Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. Both Realize Colorado and Shackman Associates New York were awarded the 2018 U.S. Partner of the Year award, marking the second time each DMC received the esteemed award. The Partner of the Year awards are presented annually to the highest-achieving DMCs out of a pool of over 65 DMC Members. Each award winner must exceed specific selection criteria based on creativity, quality, operational excellence, customer satisfaction, and active involvement within Global DMC Partners.

Pictured: Global DMC Partners Team with Sara Poulin (Shackman Associates) and Deana Mitchell (Realize Colorado)

Chaulet congratulated their DMC award winners and said, “Realize Colorado, Shackman Associates, and Tropical Incentives are the ideal representation of what it means to be a Global DMC Partner. We are thrilled to honor these three, spectacular DMCs due to their entire teams’ passion for creativity and quality, which in turn, results in outstanding client feedback. These awards also express our gratitude for their dedication to GDP’s continued success by serving on our 2018 DMC Advisory Board."

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, Global DMC Partners announced that Connection 2019 will be hosted by Tropical Incentives from August 22-25, 2019 at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico. Registration for the exclusive event will be open in early 2019.

Pictured Left to Right: Catherine Chaulet (GDP) Alex Medina & Ana Corona (Tropical Incentives), Mauricio Aceves (Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun) 

About Global DMC Partners Connection: The Global DMC Partners Connection is an annual 2 ½ day event that brings together global meeting professionals and DMC industry leaders from around the world to learn, network, and do business together. The event moves around to a different city each year and features an interactive education program, one-on-one appointments to connect meeting planners with global DMCs and other industry suppliers, and city tours to learn more about the host destination’s offerings for MICE events. Connection 2019 will be hosted by Tropical Incentives at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa in Cancun, Mexico from August 22-25. For more information on registration and how to qualify to attend the Connection, please contact your dedicated Global DMC Partners Sales Advisor or email