What is a Hosted Buyer?
How do I register to become a Hosted Buyer?
I can't stay for the whole program, can I still apply?
I am driving; will you cover my mileage and parking?
Can I bring a colleague?
Can I recommend another buyer or forward this invite?
When will I know if I have been accepted for the Hosted Buyer program?
You will receive an email from the Destination Direct Canada Hosted Buyer team within three weeks of your completed application form. Our selection committee reviews all applications and if we require more information, we will contact you.
Can I bring my spouse / partner?
You are welcome to bring a spouse or partner, as there is no added cost for an extra guest in your bedroom. Please keep in mind that any transportation for your spouse/partner will be at your own expense. In addition, your schedule will be quite busy and unfortunately we are not able to invite your spouse/partner to the organized social events, dinners, etc.
Can I change the flight or train booking that Destination Direct Canada booked for me?
Can I stay at a different hotel?
All Hosted Buyers will be accommodated at our Host Hotel for arrival Monday, January 27th (or on Sunday, January 26th for hosted buyers travel from further away). Most hosted buyers will be departing the afternoon / evening of Wednesday, January 29th. In order to facilitate group activities and transportation to social events, no hotel substitution is possible.
Can I extend my stay?
What if I need to cancel my participation?
Why do you apply a fee of $500 if cancellation occurs within three weeks of departure?
Last minute cancellations are at times inevitable, we know. And we also know that sometimes people over-commit and cancel at the last minute. A cancellation fee keeps us all accountable. This fee covers cancellation fees imposed by airlines and/or other transportation carriers plus administrative fees. We of course will take extenuating circumstances into consideration (family emergencies, serious illness, etc.)
Why do you require that independent Meeting Planners/Contractors provide the name(s) of their clients?
We believe transparency is the best policy. Our DMO Partners are putting forward their very best offers to demonstrate their commitment to working with our hosted buyers, and we believe it’s fair that they know who you represent. This information is shared between Destination Direct and our DMO Partners and Sponsors. DDC is not going to call your clients without your explicit written consent.
I am not sure I want 15 appointments… Do I really have to meet with that many DMOs?
Yes, we require a commitment to at least 15 appointments (3.75 hours of your time over 2 days). We understand you don’t want to waste anyone’s time, and we certainly don’t want to waste yours. From previous experience, we have seen wonderful things happen with destinations you may never have considered…and some hosted buyers love the program so much they try to meet with ALL of the DMOs by squeezing 25+ appointments into their schedules. All we ask is that everyone keep an open mind. You will be incredibly surprised at how quickly 15 minute appointments fly by when you’re having so much fun!
What will be my biggest takeaways from this program?
Imagine this…your client/boss/board sends you an email that says ‘we’re thinking about meeting in Gotham City…can you get me some info?’ Where do you start…the web? Forget that! You will be really happy you had a chance to meet Batman at Destination Direct – a quick email to Batman and you’ve already got the ball rolling. Our DMO partners are all Batman of their very own Gotham City – one stop shopping, all the information at their fingertips – their jobs are to help us learn more about their cities and entice us to bring our meetings and conventions to them!