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e-destinACCESS (E-DA), a destination services Technology Company comprised of hospitality industry experts with twenty-five plus years of experience establishing, automating and operating destination management services has launched e-dmc.com, which allows meeting planners to employ technology to book and schedule their events directly with suppliers at net published pricing…no markups. This free web-based DMC service for “do it yourself” meeting and event planners provides robust content at published net pricing. E-DA also promises a highly experienced and proficient staff, ensuring that customer service levels remain high. You will reap the benefits of our quick and easy, and FREE software utilized through e-dmc.com, and retain a sense of confidence in your event program as you will be working with suppliers that have long established relationships with our collaborative Destination Experts.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: Each month 250,000 people search for a “Meet & Greet” provider; each month 750,000 people search for an airport transfer provider; and each month almost 2 million people search for team-building providers via Google? The statistics are astounding: 85% of all destination services are purchased without the help of a DMC.

According to American Express and MPI's report FutureWatch, the “DIY” market has a value of $100 Billion in the U.S. alone - we estimate this to be well over $300 billion worldwide.

Why are individuals gravitating towards this “Do-it-Yourself” approach to event planning? Why don't they simply call the local DMC?

Regardless of the potential explanations for this trend in consumer demand, e-dmc.com is designed to give the DIY event planner a system that accomplishes even the most complex elements of any program including, managing Arrivals and Departures in a matter of minutes, complete with vehicle schedules, online flight updates, and departure notices delivered via text messages and email. In layman's terms, our free web-based tool is designed to save you both time and money!

However, the proliferation of the DIY market has led to some general concerns among DIY planners who can often times feel overwhelmed by the demands of planning their own events, and are concerned about the level of accountability in dealing with different suppliers and providers over the internet.

Tara Bernard, a columnist for the New York Times online, recently published an article describing her experience in personally drafting her will using DIY guides. She concludes, “…that’s not to say that three of my four wills weren’t perfectly fine legal documents. But even though they seemed easy to draft, I still needed a lawyer to help decode some seemingly standard clauses and their consequences in my home state of New York.” Like Do-it-yourself legal solutions, online event planning services, offering everything from transportation to venue options, can sometimes fall short of the DIY consumers’ expectations. DIY event planners want the most expedient way to hash out their event programs, which can be easily achieved through our secure web-based program, but they also want the reliability of local expertise…and E-DA, understanding this need, has tens of thousands of planners at your disposal!

e-dmc.com features innovative technology that delivers first-class services at a fast rate, and enlists Destination Experts worldwide so as to reassure consumers of the quality of their event programs. The DIY planner now has the potential for reduced costs, leaner balance sheets, and has gained greater flexibility and access to specialized expertise as well.

About e-dmc.com
e-dmc.com is continuing to add destinations in major markets, and is offering patent pending scheduling software to planners in need of Arrival and Departure assistance anywhere in the country. Easily imported, the largest to smallest manifests will automatically generate vehicle schedules with their corresponding passenger manifests in a matter of minutes. Purchase orders will then be sent to the transportation company for verification and confirmation. As is always the case, the processing is free and the services are available at published net rates.

Visit our websites at e-destinaccess.com and e-dmc.com for information on our products and services.

Published by Flora Barron

GO ONLINE TODAY: QUICK, EASY, PAINLESS

Why is automating the DMC process so difficult given the current business climate? Many DMC experts still believe today that having a “pretty” proposal is worth the invested time and effort. Well, I am here to tell you that on the contrary, clients prefer a rapid response that also includes solid prices and helpful and directive customer service. Frankly, having the prettiest proposal does not necessarily optimize your business; however, expediency and efficiency are rewarded as demonstrated by industry powerhouses such as, Expedia and Hotels.com. In today’s business climate, pretty pictures just don’t seal the deal. Consumers have the need…the need for speed.

In addition to the impracticality of manual processes in a fast-paced corporate environment, when losing a piece of paper, what we in the industry refer to as “breakage,” means that we lose business, human error can have costly consequences for DMCs. Oh, of course, we find out about the missing invoice, but only after the client receives his or her bill and this “breakage” strikes a blow at the bottom-line! Our company, E-DestinACCESS is now supplying the technology that not only covers all of the basics of a standard DMC service, but also provides a more reliable, organized, and profitable medium to market event goods and services.

When things like carriages and spin dial phones are a thing of the past, made extinct by their modern successors, why are we still relying on veritably outdated processes to put together event packages?

During these tough economic times, I am sure you have found it difficult to assimilate to the DMC standard when business after business is suffering a great economic loss due to a change in consumer demands. E-DA’s software will give you the competitive edge, and assist you in recapturing lost revenue. This software, destin™, does everything from proposal generation to generating purchase orders for every item. File notes are also there to save the day with daily accountability reports. Arrival & Departures can be done in minutes, not hours, and departure notices are sent automatically via email. Now, invoicing can be a breeze and program updates can be easily accessed from anywhere…even on an iPad!!!


We are currently running a onetime offer for destin™ at a price that is a fraction of the costs of hiring a staff member. Unlike manual labor, however, destin™ never stops working! This product will allow your company to save up to 50% of your labor costs and will increase your bottom-line by helping to eliminate “breakage.” In the near future, you will find destin™ to be completely necessary in the field, providing never before granted access to entire programs. With this ability to update changes as they are requested, in any remote location, or while en route, DMCs will finally evolve to be more current and productive, and more importantly, modern by Big Business standards.

Published by Flora Barron

Click to Save Time and Money: Yes, It's That Simple.

DID YOU KNOW THAT: Each month 250,000 people search for a “Meet & Greet” provider, 750,000 people search for an airport transfer provider, and almost 2 million people search for team-building providers via Google?

The statistics are alarming, and the consensus seems to be that the role of the local DMC has been depreciated in light of consumer trends and the emergence of global DMC giants that now have the resources, the technology, and the brand to capture a larger market share.

85% of all destination services are purchased without the help of a DMC. Why are individuals gravitating towards this “Do-it-Yourself” approach to event planning? Why don't they simply call the local DMC?

Regardless of the provided hypothetical explanations for this recent change, companies like Kuoni Destination Management are quite aware of these developments and have started to sell destination services via 95 Swiss Rail retail Offices through Kuoni Connect.

According to American Express and MPI's report FutureWatch,
the “DIY” market has a value of $100 Billion in the U.S. alone - we estimate this to be well over $300 billion worldwide. And, as aforementioned, ALL of that business is bypassing traditional DMCs, into the coffers of the large DMC giants, your true retail DMC competition or alternatively, transferred to private “DIY” planners.

e-DMC.com is designed to give individual DMCs the opportunity to compete in the growing “DIY” market. This system, directly accessed from our website, accomplishes even the most complex elements of any program including, managing Arrivals and Departures in a matter of minutes, complete with vehicle schedules, online flight updates, and departure notices delivered via text messages and email. Our free web-based tool is designed to save you both time and money!

We are looking for DMCs who are interested in expanding their businesses and receiving incremental revenue from this huge market. We are also appealing to those DMCs just wanting to preserve and keep their businesses intact.

Gain a competitive advantage by using our destin technology that is, the backbone of e-DMC.com, to host your retail tariff on-line via a proprietary database with secure log-ins for your customers. No more business will be lost because you were busy operating programs and couldn't respond to that RFP in time. You have the local expertise. We have the platform and tens of thousands of planners at your disposal!

e-transportation, as one feature of many integral to our technology, allows you to run your group manifest and view transportation companies’ net published pricing right on your screen: no calls to make, no waiting on hold, no waiting on proposals to be sent. All of the information is right in front of you. Choose the preferred supplier-CLICK…and a purchase order is sent directly to the supplier. Talk about being connected!

“Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time” (Arnold H. Glasgow). Our destin technology is “the right way.” Today is “the right time.”
We have the recipe for success, and it is available to all DMCs and event planners looking to revamp their businesses.

Click here to request an online demo/meeting. Demo our destin technology! Get connected with e-transportation.
For more information regarding e-dA and our e-DMC product, please visit our websites at www.e-DMC.com and www.e-destinACCESS.com or contact us at press@e-dmc.com.

Posted by Flora Barron, Internet and Social Marketing Coordinator.

"We Speak Across Time and Space": How Our E-DMC Product is Transforming Destination Services

e-destinACCESS’ newest products eliminate the inefficient, conventional manual processes currently used by destination management companies (DMCs). Since the arrival of the internet, we have been waiting to introduce change in an otherwise stagnant industry.

In recent history, there has been few occasions that new technology has been introduced that has fundamentally transformed the way people do business and by and large, human society. There was the dawn of the telephone era, heralded by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. Almost 50 years later, we inaugurated wireless service between England and South Africa. “We speak across time and space,” read the Marconigram sent from Sir Edgar Walton, High Commissioner of South Africa, to General J.B.M. Hertzog, South Africa’s Prime Minister. These early developments, of course, precipitated the invention of the internet and subsequently, e-mail, both breakthroughs in technology that ushered in the digital information revolution.

Now, at e-dA, we believe we are again speaking across “time and space” with our software that puts the DMC tariff online and enables the user (meeting planners, travel companies and third party planners) to build their own programs, selecting the supplies and suppliers while also comparing prices. On par with other industries that have changed their business models to acquiesce to the digital age, our e-DMC product promises to reinvent the travel and hospitality industries.

The days of the RFP and RFI are long gone and yet in the travel industry, they are a standard. “RFP is an early stage in a procurement process, issuing an invitation for suppliers, often through a bidding process, to submit a proposal on a specific commodity or service” (Wikipedia). Although meeting planners and travel companies have come to rely on these methods to build their event programs, in light of technological changes, they are quite antiquated. Your time is being wasted, and your time is money. The bidding process implies that we have time at our disposal to spend waiting for a bid. When buying an airline ticket online is an instantaneous and easy transaction, why should DMC services be any different?

Online Distribution of Destination Services is fast becoming a hot topic for DMCs. With players like Kuoni Connect and MaXvantage (an alliance of American Express Business Travel & Maritz Travel) going after the marketplace, currently valued at $100 Billion in the U.S. alone, individual DMCs will find it increasingly hard to compete in the online space. With e-DMC, every DMC can swiftly and thus competitively market its goods and services, and from a broader perspective, level the playing field with larger competitors.

The structure that RFP brings to the procurement decision, once sound, is know buckling under the pressure of technological advancement.

Steward Brand, founder of the Global Business Network infamously stated,
“Once a new technology rolls over you, if you're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.” Our e-DMC product is paving the way for a new path in the travel industry.

We invite you to participate in this much anticipated and long overdue modernization of DMC services. For more information regarding e-dA and our e-DMC product, please visit our websites at www.e-DMC.com and www.e-destinACCESS.com or contact us at press@e-dmc.com.

Posted by Flora Barron, Internet and Social Marketing Coordinator.

New Strategic Alliance - e-dmc & EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffered Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

e-destinACCESS, Inc. and EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services form a Strategic Alliance Signaling a Shift in Paradigm for Sourcing, Planning, Scheduling and Purchasing Transportation Nationwide

August 27, 2009

e-destinACCESS, Inc. a destination management technology company and EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services, a leading Global transportation provider and innovator in transportation technology, today announced a strategic alliance, facilitating a shift in the way Meeting Planners can source, plan, schedule and purchase their transportation needs anywhere, at anytime.

Utilizing e-dmc, e-destinACCESS Inc’s proprietary patent-pending software, planners will be able to create passenger manifests, vehicle schedules, and departure notices in just minutes, automatically generating Purchase Orders that will be immediately sent to EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services for the flawless execution of the Arrival and Departure service.
In addition, the processing power of e-dmc is provided at no cost to the planner and presents all services by EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services at their net published rates. This strategic alliance serves the planning community well, with transparency in pricing and accountability through the auto-generated operational reports from e-dmc and the detailed delivery of service by EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services.
Answering the call of Meeting Planners for better, more accessible technology that is easy to use, saves time and money and delivers the goods and services with the expected expertise, e-destinACCESS, Inc and EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services are solving the challenges of today with innovation and tools for the future.

About EmpireCLS
EmpireCLS is one of the largest chauffeured transportation companies in the world, operating in more than 650 cities around the globe. More than transportation from point A to point B, EmpireCLS has built a reputation for providing a luxurious and comfortable transportation experience beyond the ride. This experience encompasses not only the physical transportation, but also the myriad tools and services that make client interactions with EmpireCLS simple, effortless, secure, comfortable and consistent. For more information, visit www.EmpireCLS.com.

About e-dmc.com
We are a team of hospitality industry experts with twenty-five plus years of experience establishing, automating and operating destination management services and we have designed an automated on-line DMC software system for streamlining meeting management with technology!
Our patent pending software, destin™, which powers the e-dmc.com™ site, has successfully operated thousands of group travel programs by utilizing destination information in a unique fashion to source, plan, schedule, purchase, cost, operate and bill group travel programs.

e-dmc.com’s Automated Arrivals and Departures Scheduling

e-dmc.com is a free web based, virtual, online meeting and event planning software. With a key feature being automating arrivals and departures scheduling.

Automating arrivals and departures means that the tedious task of scheduling passenger transportation is no longer done manually but by e-dmc.com’s patent pending technology. If you are a meeting planner with multiple groups that need to be picked up and dropped off, you no longer have to do this by hand.

With real time flight information and scheduling technology, just import your flight manifest and let e-dmc.com schedule the pickups for you.

Virtually see all of the work that used to take dozens of hours to be completed scheduled and booked within seconds!


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e-dmc.com Joins Komen Orange County Race for the Cure to help fight breast cancer

e-dmc.com joins the Komen Orange County Race for the Cure to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Last year, Teams alone raised more than $1.5 million for the fight against breast cancer. Together, I know we can raise even more money this year!

We need your help to accomplish this year’s Team goal of $500.00. If you would like to join our team or make a donation, our team name and number is: e-dmc.com (2953).

The average cost of a life saving mammogram is $125. A donation of $125 on top of an entry fee will fund a mammogram and save a life. However, any amount counts towards racing for the cure. Join the e-dmc team or make a donation and save a life.

Thank you for your support!!

RACE FOR THE CURE ONLINE REGISTRATION

JOIN A TEAM REGISTRATION:
1. Sign onto www.komenoc.org
2. Click on "Register Now" which is located under the Race for the Cure logo.
3. When the Race for the Cure page opens, click "Register Here"
4. Read the Waiver/Agreement and click on either “I agree”.
5. Now select “Join a Team”.
6. From the drop-down box, select our Team name. The team number is attached to the name.
7. If you are a returning participant, you can use your password and username from last year to auto-fill the personal information section. If you are new, simply type in your contact information.
8. Fill out your billing information in the provided form.
9. If you are making an additional donation, you can then choose to be listed by name, anonymously, or other and you can also select who the donation is in honor, in memory, or in support of.
10. You will be emailed a confirmation notice on your registration.
11. Now, email your friends and family to ask for online support.

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e-destinACCESS is a technology company specializing in providing the tools & resources to make all aspects of the event and meeting planning business easier, more enjoyable & profitable. In early 2009, e-destinACCESS is coming up with their brain child, e-dmc, the free web-based software solution that will rock the meeting & event planning world.

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