Tourism Portfolio expands its international DMC network as long-haul demand rises

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Tourism Portfolio's Donna Kessler says corporate long haul trips are returning.

Tourism Portfolio has expanded its international DMC network, adding destinations including the UAE, Morocco, South Africa and Brazil in recent weeks following the rise of Australian corporates heading offshore for meetings and incentives.

Tourism Portfolio’s Donna Kessler and Sharon Levingston said they have been witness to a resurgence in enquiries for international destinations.

“Long haul is definitely the trend right now and there is certainly a focus on the exotic,” Kessler said.

“Our level of international enquiries continue to rise and these new DMC partners are already proving popular.

“Programs appear to be more focused on return on experience as a measure of success.”

Levingston said there was also strong interest in running programs in new destinations and in some cases dual destinations.

“Our new DMCs, like IMPACT Event & Destination Management which provides experiences in Oman and the UAE, have that covered,” she said.

New DMCs in the Tourism Portfolio include IMPACT Event & Destination Management (UAE and Oman); Amazing Africa (South Africa); Access Travel (Morocco); and Unica (Argentina).

“The tight employment market is also having an impact on the high quality of incentive travel rewards being offered to top tier staff who want more than off-the-shelf experiences,” Kessler said.