The DMC Network was pleased to celebrate the return of its annual Network-wide Exchange this year in Atlantic City, New Jersey, uniting nearly 100 DMC professionals and clients for the first time since 2019.
The 2022 Exchange, held June 15-17 in the heart of Atlantic City, represents a significant investment in the Jersey Shore community by the DMC Network and its partners. It also signals the DMC Network’s confidence in meeting in-person as post-COVID event demand continues to soar.
“Atlantic City is ready to welcome groups and events of all sizes,” confirms Larry Huttinger, owner of Destination Philly A.C., the DMC network member responsible for managing this year’s event. “It was incredible to have so many of our industry colleagues join us to experience firsthand what Atlantic City offers and the passion we have for our destination.’’
The Exchange is a signature annual gathering of the DMC Network. The event connects DMC partners from across the globe with clients and industry partners for three days of networking, learning, and destination discovery.
“The DMC Network Exchange is a standout example of the value and skills a strong DMC brings,” said Jeremy Gardner, Managing Director of the DMC Network. “This year’s program reflected the amazing DMC talent within our Network, showcased a destination ready to accommodate groups of all needs, and was an opportunity for senior DMC talents to collaborate and gain insights from clients about their changing needs and expectations.”
Highlights of this year’s Exchange included keynotes from digital expert Sam Richter and two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley, a sunset takeover of the Steel Pier, a community art tour, and unique access to iconic Atlantic City venues — including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, the Borgata Hotel, Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall, and Harrah's Resort Atlantic City.
Aoife Delaney, VP of Business Development for the DMC Network, says that the Exchange helped build excitement and momentum for what’s ahead.
“We have so missed hosting our clients for this event over the last two years, so this program was particularly celebratory — we are back doing what we do best, working with clients to create extraordinary experiences! The destination shone, relationships were solidified, and the education was on point. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of the program,” she said.
Plans for next year’s Exchange are under development, with a 2023 destination to be announced during IMEX America in October 2022.