What Is A DMC And What Can They Do For You?

At Amusement Masters we love working with some of the best DMC companies across the United States. We’re known for providing exceptional event entertainment and amusements to DMCs and their clients – a win-win relationship for all involved. However, when we mention that this type of company is a niche that’s a large percentage of the clients we service we often receive the question, ‘What is a DMC?’. In the spirit of educating today, we’re sharing more about what exactly a DMC is and how using one might just be a great fit for your needs!DMC Blog Artwork BMT


WHAT IS A DMC?
A Destination Management Company (DMC) is a service offered by professionals to help provide you with an extensive array of services including expertise and knowledge on various events, event coordination, tours, trips, and locations to which you are choosing to travel to. They can also help you work out the logistics of you and your group’s trip, such as travel and accommodations as well as events, activities, and things to do once you arrive at your destination. These services can continue throughout the continuation and duration of your stay.

WHAT EXACT SERVICES DOES A DMC OFFER?
A DMC can offer whatever kind of service you as need as a business traveler to make your trip (and the trip of your group) a memorable one. Most DMC companies will provide an array of services including anything from meeting venues to a business group to transportation from the airport to a final destination. Many DMCs will be happy to help book events during your stay if you want to visit local attractions or museums or find other fun activities and excursions to do. Many coordinate for business people the use of conference centers and places to hold their meetings. Others are happy to secure venues for parties and events. They are wonderful resources for finding someone to cater food, provide event design and decor, or entertainment for any event you may be hosting.

HOW MUCH DOES A DMC COST? 
Cost will really depend on the services you need and how much work the company has to do as to what it will cost you to hire their services. Most DMC companies will charge a fee to hire their staff, and this fee will cover their research and booking costs for their time for the workers at the company. You will also have to pay separately for the services you receive based on the vendors or external companies they recommend you use for various services. DMC’s are great at working with budgets for functions and events to find something that meets the client’s price range. Be sure to let them know up front what you can spend so they find activities that fit within your budget.

BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU EXPECT:
When you are giving the DMC descriptions of the events you want to book be sure to be as thorough as possible. Give details of what exact events you are going to hold or what specific kinds of travel your group requires. Specify the types of transportation and lodging you prefer. There’s no such thing as giving too many details. The more the DMC knows about your needs list the more they can do to meet your specific needs and expectations.

CHECK TO SEE IF MARKUPS EXIST:
It’s also a good idea to check with the DMC to see if their fee for their services is all they charge, or if they charge an extra fee for each individual event they book or service they provide. For example, many services can be marked up much as 10-20% of the cost of the service than if you were to find and book it yourself. This is in addition to the fee that the agency or company will charge on their own to even get them to do the research and booking for you. Be sure you are willing to pay all these fees by reading the fine-print before moving forward.

From Nashville to New Orleans to Austin, Texas and beyond, we work with wonderful DMCs that are accomplishing great things for their clients across the United States. If you’re looking to build a relationship with a Destination Management Company feel free to click and connect with us – we’d love to connect you with a great DMC company or service near you!

Light Up Your Event With Our LED Games Collection

Are you looking to add entertainment to your event that’s an ‘attention getter?’ We have your challenge solved – the Amusement Masters LED Games Collection!

Our LED and glow activities light up any event space and captivate attendees from start to finish. From glowing billiards to radiant ping pong to electric dance floors and more. LED games add unique entertainment to events instead of the traditional. From corporate company events to team building training meetings, if you want to see your guests leave the event with a glowing smile…let us help you LIGHT UP your event!

What type of events do you host? Click here to connect with us and we’ll come up with a plan to LIGHT IT UP!

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Giant Battleship Game Arrives Summer 2017

Giant Battleship GameWe’ve all played it, that wonderful game that pits player against player with warring strategy and tempts us all to throw the board. The game, is Battleship. The goal of Battleship is to hit the opponent’s ships with pegs or ‘missiles’ until you win. Each player is given the opportunity to configure their battle plan however they choose placing their ships around the board. A little unknown fact is that this game was once known as the ‘pencil and paper game’ because it started out as a game that was played with note pads.

Dating back to World War I, the concept of Battleship originated when war games were popular. Beginning as a ‘pencil and pad’ game, it was published in this form by several companies and in the 1960’s was released as a plastic board game by the toy and gaming giant, Milton Bradley. The game was thought to have originated in France and has changed and evolved ever since.

Battleship is played with two players who each have their own fleet of ships. Each player places their fleet on a grid (squares) that are identified by a number and a letter for coordinates. There are five ships that are placed on the grid and include: the carrier, which is five grid spaces; the battleship that is four; the cruiser that is three; the submarine that is 3; and the destroyer that is two.

Once the players place their ships on the grid each takes turns shooting missiles to sink each other’s fleets. If a ship is hit, you put a peg in it to show that it has been hit. The game goes on until one player sinks all the ships of the other player. 

This summer Amusement Masters will have GIANT BATTLESHIP available in our event entertainment inventory. A super fun game – one that we have all played and that is great if you’re looking for a bit of strategy mixed with a bit of luck. This classic is now larger than life, and is perfect for an indoor or outdoor event where you’re looking to add giant synergy, hours of excitement and lasting memories. Click HERE to connect with our team and find out how to bring Giant Battleship to your next event!

What’s New In Games For 2017?!!

It’s a brand new year! We love the beginning of a new year because it gives us a chance to reflect on the past and gear up for the future. To take inventory of what our clients are loving, but also consider what they’d like to see more of. It’s an exciting time at Amusement Masters’ as it’s ‘out with the old, and in with the new!’

If we were to choose one-word that describes new games and amusements being added to inventory this year it would be ‘innovative.’ Technology driven games have made their way into events and we’re beyond excited to bring those entertainment options to you. From virtual reality systems, to thrilling race courses and physical challenges (like the Adrenalator), we’ve added loads of new inventory that we can’t wait to bring to events across the United States!

Below are a few of our favorite new additions. You can view the ENTIRE 2016 new games list (that’s always growing!) by visiting us online at www.amusementmasters.com/new-for-2017!

INFLATABLE GIANT PLINKO
This game is America’s favorite Plinko game straight from the TV game show, The Price is Right, and brings it to you giant and inflatable! It’s entertainment that’ll make a HUGE impact on your event. Players take turns tossing balls into the top of the game, to see which winning pockets their balls will land in. It’s fun, fast-paced and perfect for carnival events to team building events! For more information about this game click here.
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9-HOLE PUTT PUTT (with or without Blacklight)
Everyone loves mini putt putt! Our 9-hole course is fun for events of all types and guests of all ages and abilities. We’ve added a fresh new course design, with lots of turns, twists and challenges. Without a doubt, this 9-Hole Putt Putt will thrill and delight your event guests – add black light for even more fun! Click here for more information on this game.
9-Hole Putt PuttTHE ADRENALATOR
This addition is a one-of-a-kind race course that will have your event participants competing as they run up a 15’ long moving treadmill at a 27º incline, and then race down via a 15’ long slide. It’s absolutely perfect for team building and sporting events. It’s super fun to try, and just as much fun to watch people race on it. Who would YOU like to challenge to a race on the ADRENALATOR? Click here for more information on this game.
AdrenalatorBALLISTIC SWING
Oh what a ride! Guests at your event will ‘GO’ ballistic when they experience our new Ballistic ride! A large scale swing ride, it’s super fast and riders get almost completely horizontal as they swing around and around. For both child and adult riders, this carnival style swing ride accommodates up to 3 passengers per seat. Adding this event entertainment will impress even the most seasoned of thrill seekers! Click here for more information on this ride.
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It’s just not an event until you add a photo booth for some serious silly selfies! Our 4-strip DC Digital Photo Booth with social media and gif options adds ultra fun for any type of event. This booth has the ability to fit just about anywhere. Bring the power of social media and selfies to your event – this booth will have guests sharing photos and video messages via a variety of social networks! For more information on this game click here
DC DigitalHEC VIVE & COMPUTERIZED VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM
Virtual Reality is no longer a dream – we can bring it to your event! Putting on our VIVE headset will wash away the real world and lead to a fantastical experience for your event guests. From games to destination experiences – this new virtual reality system offers an unparalleled sense of immersion! For more information on this game click here
HTC Vive VR System*All New* VIRTUAL SPORTS SYSTEM
This brand new Virtual Sports System brings the latest in gaming technology right to your event! Playing solo, in pairs, or by teams, event guests will interact with the state-of-the-art computer graphics and animation to play their favorite sports. Select from a wide variety of sports – golf, baseball, archery, shooting range, Zombie shooting range and more. Everyone gets the chance to play with this newest VR system rockin’ the sports world! For more information on this game click here.
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The Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer ‘Makeover Project’

This summer the project that got the Amusement Masters team really jazzed was the restoration and refurbish of our Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer! Always a popular game for events, clients love adding Roll-A-Ball Trailer to event entertainment options year around. We believe in keeping our games up to date and fresh though, so occasionally a game has to be sidelined and freshened up. And while the restoration process is never easy, it’s always worth it. These games are like family members and we hate to see them taken out of rotation for any length of time. But when they return, we’re always thrilled – we love that they come back from the shop so nice and shiny!

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More than just a simple refresh, we’re proud to present the Roll-A-Ball ‘makeover project’. Sure the graphics have been brightened and brought up to date. Yes, the addition of more bells and whistles makes the game a little more exciting. But every surface you see has been cleaned, refreshed and touched up. Also, the game mechanics have received a loving touch which makes the responsiveness that much faster with an even better tactile feel. 

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The bright stars throughout the trailer are even more colorful that the old graphics. And along with the refurbished flashing lights, the new stars along the top and sides make this Roll-A-Ball game really twinkle. We’re extremely proud of the way the paint and graphics turned out!

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Our Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer has always been a popular and exciting game, especially for Fall and Spring carnival events. We know that this update will only draw more people to play it and it’ll be a highlight for many events to come. We just can’t wait to fill the new star lined shelves with prizes and watch faces light up as people play and win!

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If you’re interested in adding the Roll-A-Ball Carnival Trailer to a future event connect with us online at www.amusementmasters.com or call 1-800-925-0993. We travel throughout the United States bringing the most comprehensive amusements and entertainment to events – we’d love to bring this refurbished fun to the enjoyment of your event!

Add Big WOW To Your Events With Big Amusements!

Event planning, whether it’s for a private affair, a corporate event or for a charity, can be a challenge. After all, you want the most “bang for your buck” so to speak. You want to impress every guest and create a WOW factor. While it’s true that the little details matter, sometimes bigger IS better. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five of Amusement Masters’ biggest WOW-inducing offerings:

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Swing Ride
Taking up to 20 guests at a time, our Deluxe Swing Ride can soar your guests through the sky. This ride is not only a ton of fun, but it also has an enormous visual appeal, so it is sure to make a significant impact. 

Zippin’ Zone Zip Line
Zip lining is so popular today that you can find zip line attractions in tourist destinations ranging from lakes sites to mountains locations to the Las Vegas strip. Take advantage of this popularity during your next event by setting up our mobile zip line. Your guests will find riding the zip line an an event the ultimate thrill!

Tea Cups
The Tea Cups may look like a kid’s ride, but children of all ages secretly enjoy spinning in them! Bringing with it a great classic appeal – with this ride we have control of the speed and can adjust depending on the thrill level of your guests.

Ninja Tower
Ideal for team building or just to get the blood pumping, the Ninja Tower will give your guests a workout. While it is certainly fun, it’s a tall attraction and will draw attention to your event from a long distance away. The Ninja Tower is an active station, and makes a nice change if your affair incorporates other more ‘laid back’ or relaxed areas.

Toxic Drop
One of our newest inflatable obstacle courses is the Toxic Drop. This course is designed to add extra fun and thrills to events for all ages. Kids love the theming, and parents enjoy it too! The bright colors will make your event something to remember.

As you can see, there are many options for amusements and games that Amusement Masters offers than just the standard bounce house (although if that is what you’re looking for, we can help with that too!) Connect with our team and let us help you make a BIG impact at your next event. We know that with Amusement Masters’ on your side the WOW factor is possible, and your guests will love it! We can’t wait to work with you!

Amusement Masters Fun Until The Cows Come Home

Swinging and zip lining cows…it just doesn’t get much more entertaining than this folks!

Imagine our delight when at the recent Peachtree Corners Festival the Chick-fil-A mascot cows stepped up to ride the Amusement Masters’ Swings and the Zippin’ Zone Zip Line! We just couldn’t take our eyes off watching their excitement and anticipation as they jumped all in for fun. Who knew that cows loved rides?! Now we know they do…just love those Chick-fil-A cows!

Create A Tougher Team With Team Building Events!

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When it comes to building a successful company your team is a very important part of the process. That’s why Amusement Masters understands that events with team building activities and games are helpful to any size company. Building strong relationships between both you and your employees is just one way to successfully build a strong team that is going to help your company grow. But an event specific to this focus can often create invaluable work place relationships, and can help your team learn how to work together at the height of efficiency. One way to help decide if the addition of a team building event is right for your company is to understand a bit about what type of events, games and entertainment options are available to you!

Let’s Retreat And Get To Know Each Other
Team building events can be so much more than just gathering to meet over a meal. There are a wide range of things that can help build strong team relationships that are actually super fun – retreats are one such event. Try taking your team away from work for a day (or two) so that they can focus on friendships, learning how they work with others, and getting to know their team mates. And we have lots of games that can be incorporated into a retreat environment…like our Black Ops Obstacle Course that brings out the competitive spirit in every employee. Retreat events offer a great way for employees to relax and recoup – emerging new energized for the work ahead.

Show and Play
Carnival events and family focused events can also be a great team building experience. Allowing your team to bring their family and closest friends together for an experience is just one way that you can help your employees build pride in their work. This type of event also allows your team to have fun and to associate work with fun and happiness rather than the daily grind. We have lots of ‘carnival’ fun activities that can be mix and matched to create the perfect custom event for your company.

Connecting Is Better When We Eat Together
Dinner and luncheon gatherings are still a great way to bring your team together over something that we do every day…eat! They can also be a wonderful precursor to bigger events later on. This type of activity is something that can be pulled off in a few days and that allows you to start honing and creating the relationships that will help your team work together seamlessly. For these types of events we encourage employers to add activities that include a special take-away for those attending – making it a more special event. Adding Green Screen Photos, a Photo Booth or even our onsite Live Screen Printing (custom t-shirts) is a super fun activity that can be company branded adding another layer to engaging with each employee.

Team building events are wonderful investments for companies of any size because each one allows your team the chance to come together, to get to know one another, and to truly start to learn how to work well with one another. They are a great way to engage with employees – and ultimately they help in avoiding employee turnover and having to go through the hiring process again and again. If this seems like something you want to bring to your company then let us help you plan a great team building event! Let’s connect so we can share how Amusement Masters can help to make your company a much more pleasant and productive place to be!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES BOARD ONLINE!

New Attraction – Want to Swing?

Do you love to swing as much as we do? Now you can with the new addition of the SWING RIDE to Amusement Master’s inventory!

With an appeal to all ages the Swing Ride ride is something different that can supercharge your next outdoor event. It’s super fun that seats up to 20 event guests per ride. Mounted on a trailer, it holds all ages from 40lbs – 200lbs. This attraction is great entertainment for corporate parties, school carnivals, fundraisers, community festivals, and backyard birthday parties.

If you want to know more about the fun and colorful Swing Ride that’s available for events across the United States let us know! And to consider other amusement rides and games for your events take a look at our website inventory at Amusement Masters!

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Carnival of Curiosities – Not Just For Kids!

It’s true that many carnival themed events are targeted for a younger audience and categorized as outdoor, picnic-type events. However, we’ve proved over the years that alternative carnival themed events geared for adults can be just as much, if not more, fun! Carrying the theme of carnival throughout your event gives a planner plenty of adult-oriented opportunities for games and activities. In reality, it’s a theme that has a magical way of taking the ordinary and making it fun with many versatile options for fun details. Guests are made to feel like they are at the greatest show on earth with a multi-sensory experience with colorful décor, customized fun and games and the smell of fun foods that transport them right to the midway. For Spring and Summer corporate events there’s nothing more fun than an authentic and reinvented carnival event.

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In 2014 we had the opportunity to work with a client in creating a custom event called ‘Carnival of Curiosities’ for their corporate guests. By embracing a black and red color scheme it gave a darker and more mysterious twist to the standard red and white carnival palette. Throughout the event we created custom midway games. As guests won games they were rewarded with tickets that they could then redeem for a multitude of prizes at the Prize Booth. In addition to midway games there were also interactive amusement games, like ‘Whack-A-Mole’ and jumbo ‘Connect Four’ to keep guests entertained and mingling. It was a custom experience that those that attended won’t forget any time soon!

When planning your company’s next event we encourage you to consider the fun of a carnival themed event. Connect with us and let us add a creative twist!
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Event Producer:  Destination South Meetings & Events
Games Provider:  Amusement Masters