• Global DMC Partners Incorporates Giant iTab Into its List of Event Services

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    Say It Big

  • Global DMC Partners Incorporates Giant iTab Into its List of Event Services

     
    FROM THE Fall 2017 ISSUE
     

    Say It Big

The world of conferences depends on presentations. Whether abroad or at home, almost any given meeting will rely on technology to disseminate information to large groups of people. "Interactive event technology is a completely new service offering for us," says Erin Dugan, director of marketing and database management, Global DMC Partners. Global DMC Partners and Giant iTab began a new partnership in early 2017 that brings convenience to presentations and information sharing all over the world. 

Global DMC Partners is a collection of destination management companies that serve over 500 locations across the globe, and offers “event services, like spend management, global transportation, team-building, entertainment and more," says Dugan. "Our partnership with Giant iTab diversifies our services and global solutions even more."

Giant iTab devices are based on familiar touch screen devices, but are much larger and are used to display any type of virtual information. "Just like a tablet or smartphone, with the Giant iTab you can select, load and present all your digital content onto one single device. Any digital content is possible, including iOS and Android apps, websites, press, PDFs and brochures, floor plans, conference agendas, attendee lists, speaker information, visitor check-in, customer feedback and much more," says Dugan. 

"Giant iTab's model fits perfectly with ours in that they can service clients and meetings all over the world," says Catherine Chaulet, president, Global DMC Partners. The devices come with full installation and support services through the two companies. 

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