For more than 40 years, euromic - events & destination management partnership, is a non-commercial association, created to market and promote its members to the meetings, conferences and incentive travel industry on a worldwide basis.
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Today, 44 years later, euromic is THE Association of leading Destination Management Companies.
Each member company is a separately owned independent and experienced Destination Management Company which has proved its capacity to meet stringent qualifications. Membership is limited to one DMC per country and is both a privilege and a quality seal.
euromic boasts presence in 49 unique destinations. We represent an international team of more than 500 group travel professionals, possessing the experience, imagination, expertise, and local influence necessary to plan and execute creative programs for events, meetings, incentives, conventions, and exclusive special interest tours.
The euromic Marketing Offices in Brussels and Chicago are an incorporated part of the Association, under the direction of the Board. The offices proudly serve euromic's members by providing them market intelligence and services by facilitating communications with clients. It is then up to each member to turn these resources into sales.
euromic is a partnership organization and never takes commission from its DMC's - so you know you will get the best prices from each of our members.
The Registered Office of the Association ("Loi 1901") is situated: 12, rue du Helder - 75009 Paris - France
In 1973, 10 European Destination Management Companies (DMC's) founded an association in order to promote Europe as a meeting, incentive travel and convention destination on the North American market: euromic was born. Four years later, the association had a marketing representation in Chicago. Since this date, euromic has been present on the North American market.
With the growing importance of motivation travel in Europe, euromic became also interested in the intra-European markets, which resulted in the foundation of an office in Paris in 1981, which served as the Executive Secretariat and Marketing Office for Europe.
The term DMC has been invented by euromic in order to distinguish the function of its members from those of "Ground Service Operators". Since DMC's offer a full service operation, they must have a perfect understanding of their destination: this means they need to be familiar with its strong points and its customs and need to have an excellent relationship with their suppliers.
After 20 years of representation in North America, the association opened its own office in Chicago in September 1997.
In April 2000, the European Marketing Office was moved from Paris to Brussels, to be followed in January 2002 by the Secretariat as well, due to the retirement of Mr Philippe Duclos, the historical Executive Director in Paris.
In May 2005, the membership approved unanimously a new concept, to responds to the ever-increasing demand from clients for vetted contacts outside euromic's geographical area:
The euromic World Affiliates.
The euromic World Affiliation is limited to selected incentive destinations and is open only to independent agencies recognized for their experience and expertise in meetings, incentives, conferences and high-caliber special-interest programs.
All candidates must meet euromic's stringent criteria and pass a selection process similar to that for euromic members.
World affiliation is also limited to one DMC per country.
In January 2014, the Association integrated all former “World Affiliates” into full members. After almost 10 years, both members and World Affiliates (destinations outside Europe and the Mediterranean) felt it was time to stop this distinction and had the mutual desire to present our Association as a true global one to the global market place.
Ten European incoming agencies, Jean Claude Murat and the members of CMT (Common Market Travel Association) decided to create an association in Paris to promote Europe as a meeting, incentive and convention destination to the North American market – euromic was born.
At the first General Meeting in London, the founding members make some fundamental decisions concerning euromic's philosophy. This philosophy has remained unchanged throughout euromic's 40 years.
A new euromic emblem is presented and adopted & euromic appears for the first time in public (at IT&ME in Chicago).
The first audio-visual document providing an overview of the euromic concept is created and the decision is made to appoint a permanent euromic representative in Chicago.
The Association opens a marketing representation office in Chicago and decides to hold only one Annual General Meeting per year.
euromic publishes its first-ever members directory for distribution at IT&ME in Chicago.
All members are present at the first Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Athens and the decision is made to limit membership to one company per country (instead of one per city).
The first ‘EuroNews’ is produced for distribution in the US market and the Association expands its activities to other global markets.
A decision is made to open a permanent office in Paris and euromic exhibits at its first European Trade Show (ITB Berlin).
Tom Risbecker, of Risbecker International in Sweden, first uses the term "Destination Management Company," or "DMC," to describe the services that his company and others in euromic provide. The term is adopted by the membership.
The first "euromic Showcase" takes place in three US cities and at the AGM in Paris as the Association celebrates its 10th Anniversary.
euromic organizes an incentive seminar in Cairo attended by 350 local professionals. Egypt takes off as an incentive destination. euromic offices in Paris and Chicago purchase their first computers.
A focus is placed upon exposure through public relations and communications and when the Paris office installs a fax, the membership is encouraged to do the same.
The membership adopts the "Ten euromic Golden Rules” (which still are in use today) and the Association gives its support to a new industry exhibition: EIBTM in Geneva. For the first time, a word processor is used to produce the minutes of the Paris board meeting.
The Association attends the inaugural EIBTM in Geneva.
euromic begins the distribution of electronic directories on diskettes.
euromic continues to focus on its presence and image in North America. EIBTM becomes a key international event for members and the euromic Electronic Manual (EEM) is produced.
The Association is officially registered in Paris as a non-profit organization (Loi 1901) and starts promoting euromic on the European market.
Harry Baum and Jean-Claude Murat are appointed "emeritus members" in recognition of their contributions to euromic's development.
The Association begins the introduction of a new and updated database program.
The euromic server is inaugurated. All members register for and receive a personalized email address. Membership continues to expand into the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
The decision is made to re-open a euromic office in Chicago and a new marketing director is hired.
euromic creates its first website at www.euromic.com to increase exposure and lead the way in industry innovation. Paris is chosen as the location of the AGM for euromic's 25th Anniversary, but in an act of solidarity with the Egyptian member, the meeting is unanimously moved to Cairo.
Website, mailings and newsletters lead to increased Association awareness and euromic opens a European sales & marketing office in Brussels.
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 cripple the industry and euromic members adjust to new business realities.
euromic's ‘On The Move’ e-newsletter is launched. Christophe Verstraete is appointed euromic's Executive Director and Joe Lustenberger takes over as euromic’s Director of Marketing – North America.
The Association attends the inaugural IMEX in Frankfurt.
The concept of ‘World Affiliates’ is conceived, allowing for potential new members from outside euromic's traditional geographic focus. euromic's online intranet goes live, providing members with a fast and easy marketing tool.
The 50th edition of "On The Move", euromic's informative eNewsletter, is published, providing incentive and meeting buyers with useful international resources. An online RFP program is launched, allowing clients to send requests much more easily to members.
The Association grows to over 30 DMCs and joins the United Nation's Global Compact Initiative, emphasizing its commitment to global issues and responsible business practices.
euromic celebrates 35 years as The Leading Destination Management Partnership and euromic’s logo, newsletter, website, brochure and exhibition booth are all restyled.
Amid the massive ash clouds from the Icelandic volcano, euromic DMCs clearly demonstrated “the power of local knowledge” to their clients, reminding the industry of the importance of having a local partner.
The Association attends the inaugural IMEX America in Las Vegas.
euromic – events and destination management partnership celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
The Association integrates all former “World Affiliates” into full members. After almost 10 years, both members and World Affiliates (destinations outside Europe and the Mediterranean) felt it was time to stop this distinction and had the mutual desire to present our Association as a true global one to the global market place.