Eco Destination Management celebrates its 24th Anniversary

ECO Destination Management is the island’s premier full service Destination Management Company, with an additional branch on the island of Curaçao. For the past 24 years ECO DMS has been combining creativity, personal service and superior professional skills to deliver memorable motivational experiences for clients, in the MICE market.

The MICE market is one of the fastest growing segments within the tourism industry generating millions in revenues for cities and countries. Twenty-four years ago, the founder of ECO Destination Management, and its current CEO, Wichita Villacres understood that the meeting and convention business could be a lucrative source of income for the island and launched her company to service these discerning incoming groups.

Over the years the company grew from merely escorting groups during their island stays and planning their activities to actually scouting, promoting and attracting many thousands of people to our shores.

Villacres travels tirelessly on behalf of the island attending conferences and sponsoring events, talking to the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry and many other target groups, making Aruba a very strong contender in the MICE market.

This week Villacres was honored by the Minister of Tourism, Transportation and Labour as the winner of the National Award of Excellence, the Shoco 2011, in appreciation for her pioneering spirit in the MICE market.

Her hunch that incentive travel will grow, was right, and this week a core of company employees celebrated their anniversary over sumptuous lunch. Pictured here, Wichita Villacres and her loyal island crew.

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December 12, 2011
Rona Coster