AlliedPRA Destinations Receive Excellence Awards from ADMEI

SAN DIEGO, Calif., February 25, 2015 – AlliedPRA Inc., a global leader in the destination management company (DMC) sector, is pleasedADME Awards 3 (3) to share the exciting news that three AlliedPRA offices have been named Excellence Award Winners from the prestigious Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) 2015 Achievement Awards according to Fran Rickenbach, CAE, IOM, Executive Vice President of ADMEI. With a large number of entries and a fierce field of competition, the AlliedPRA system came out on top with a record number of finalists this year and took home the three Excellence Awards for the AlliedPRA Atlanta, AlliedPRA Dallas/Fort Worth and AlliedPRA Northern California teams. The winners were announced during the ADMEI Achievement Awards ceremony at the Fiesta Americana Grand in Los Cabos, Mexico.

First up was the Excellence in Risk & Crisis Management award, where AlliedPRA Atlanta pulled off the impossible. As the Southeast was preparing to be swaddled in a paralyzing blanket of ice and snow, AlliedPRA was in the middle of a three-part program, consisting of 2,000 attendees. The Governor of Georgia declared a State of Emergency for the city of Atlanta, ordering everyone to remain off roadways. With a premeditated Emergency Preparedness and Response plan, AlliedPRA ensured maximum safety in the emergency situation. By implementing common sense, flexibility and their emergency plan, the AlliedPRA Atlanta team successfully managed the snow storm crisis. Attendees remained safe while engaging and networking. Strategic diligence allowed for a successful program with client satisfaction and guest safety.

For the Excellence in Meeting Services award, AlliedPRA Dallas/Fort Worth submitted a meeting for a Fortune 100 insurance provider to host its 2014 Sales Summit at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth. This was the second time AlliedPRA Dallas/Fort Worth was awarded the meeting for all DMC services, so expectations were very high. With its high level of service and seasoned team, AlliedPRA Dallas/Fort Worth executed round trip airport meet and greet logistics, several off-site shuttles, a welcome reception, a custom-designed CSR teambuilding activity,  multi-group dine arounds, and an interactive off-site event, utilizing the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Convention Center, Petroleum Club, Ashton Depot and Lucky Strikes. The AlliedPRA team did it again, operating its second “wow-filled” meeting for the client who was beyond thrilled with the results.

Last but not least, the AlliedPRA Northern California team received the award for Excellence in Incentive Travel Programming or Service. The incentive program was designed for a leading commercial lending client’s President’s Club, an annual event held to honor the top echelon of brokers. Forty executives and their spouses were invited to spend four days at Solage Calistoga to relax and enjoy a quintessential Napa Valley experience. Throughout the program, guests attended meetings at the resort but more importantly, got to enjoy their time away from work. The AlliedPRA Northern California team offered a welcome reception at the Culinary Institute of America, optional activities; such as wine blending, horseback riding, and private cooking classes, in addition to dine around dinners at four elite and exclusive wineries, as well as a wine-country themed gala dinner on property the final night.

“We are so proud of our AlliedPRA teams having once again earned the well-deserved recognition for successfully displaying the creative drive and solutions-oriented approach that make each office stand out as true innovators in our industry,” commented Denise Dornfeld, president of AlliedPRA North America.  

At the heart of the Excellence Awards are professionalism, commitment to best practices and high standards of excellence, combined with creativity, skill ingenuity and intuitiveness. The finalists displayed positive effects on the client’s program, as well as innovative, program-based solutions that serve as a model for others to follow.

ADMEI is the only global non-profit association dedicated to increasing the professionalism and effectiveness of destination management through education, promotion of ethical practices and availability of information to the meetings, convention and incentive travel industries, as well as to the general public. For more information about ADMEI International, visit www.ADMEInternational.org.

AlliedPRA consistently offers comprehensive and customized DMC solutions to corporate, incentive and association planners. Founded in 1981, AlliedPRA is a leading destination management and event planning company with a reach in over 100 destinations, serving some of the most respected companies in every major industry sector. For information on the complete portfolio of destination management services, please email: globalsales@alliedpra.com or simply visit www.AlliedPRA.com. Follow AlliedPRA at www.alliedpra.com or any of the following social media sites: Twitter at www.twitter.com/alliedpra, Facebook at www.facebook.com/alliedpra and on LinkedIn under AlliedPRA.

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AlliedPRA destinations are served by wholly-owned and franchise operations in Arizona, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hawai’i, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New England, New Orleans, New York, Northern California, Orange County, Orlando, Palm Springs, San Antonio, San Diego, Santa Barbara, South Florida and Washington, D.C.

Partnering with AlliedPRA connects clients to global partners who specialize in tailoring destinations needs while adhering to the same quality standards found in each AlliedPRA location. Destinations served by Cantrav Destination Management Services include Alaska, Banff, Vancouver and Whistler. The mountain resorts in the US are covered by Destination Services Colorado. Latin America destinations are serviced by IVI Destination Management in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama. Finally, AlliedPRA’s latest partner in Iceland is headed up by DMC Incentive Travel Iceland.    ###

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Michelle Kennedy
Michelle.Kennedy@AlliedPRA.com