ACCESS Destination Services announces FICP Emerald Strategic Partnership

ACCESS Destination Services, one of the nation’s most recognized DMCs, is once again an Emerald Strategic Partner with Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP). ACCESS’ long-term connection with the insurance and financial services sector of the meetings industry is exhibited by the company’s commitment to year-round education and collaboration with FICP meeting planners at regional meetings, the Education Forum and Annual Conference. “Our participation as an Emerald Strategic Partner provides an important partnership with our key constituents, enabling us to better serve their corporate meeting and event needs,” says Chris Lee, CEO, ACCESS Destination Services. “FICP Strategic Partners have always played an important role in our ability to accomplish the organization’s strategic initiatives,” said Steve Bova, CAE, FICP Executive Director, in a statement. “We are grateful for their continued commitment to FICP, allowing us to deliver valuable education and resources to our members. It’s a win-win for everyone.” FICP is an individual membership association for meeting planners employed within the insurance and financial services industry. The association provides high-quality information, education and networking to financial and insurance meeting professionals, increasing their success and strategic value within their companies and in their careers.

About ACCESS Destination Services:

Founded in 1970, ACCESS Destination Services sets the standard for excellence in award-winning destination management services in North America. We are your single source for everything from creative program design and unique special event production, to transportation logistics, corporate social responsibility programs and recreational activities. With national reach and local expertise, our professional team will meet your objectives and exceed your expectations for corporate, incentive and association groups.

About San Diego:
Temperature San Diego is a year-round destination with an average daily temperature of 70.5 degrees Fahrenheit (21.4 degrees Celsius).

Meetings and Incentives

San Diego, the nation’s eighth-largest city, features an impressive array of meeting and event venues and a centrally located downtown airport. SD International Airport is centrally located only a few miles from Downtown San Diego, less than 15 minutes drive to the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego’s famed dining, entertainment and urban shopping district.

Attractions San Diego offers every kind of activity imaginable; from world-renowned attractions such as SD Zoo, Balboa Park, SeaWorld, Lego Land, Safari Park, The Wave House to award-winning restaurants, you’re sure to find a host of things to entertain and inspire. With 70 miles of beautiful beaches, countless parks and gardens, and endless opportunities for pampering at one of the areas many spas and resorts, San Diego is also an excellent destination for a great, memorable vacation.

ACCESS Destination Services shares secret of team building success Destination Services, the industry leader in customized event planning, has earned a national reputation with its unique and successful team-building programs. “Though it may seem obvious, it’s surprising how many event companies don’t consider its clients’ needs and desired outcomes when planning teambuilding activities,” says says ACCESS Orange County partner Candace Bisconte, DMCP. “Before we recommend any team building event, we ensure we understand exactly what our clients hope to achieve, as well as the group’s energy level.” This consideration played an important role in a recent teambuilding event that ACCESS customized for a client that serves the health care industry. “The team building activity was scheduled at the end of a very busy day. We knew no one would have the physical or mental energy for a challenging event. So we designed Grin and Bear It, a fun but relaxing activity where participants put together stuffed bears for hospitalized children,” she says. “Adding that corporate social responsibility component really delighted our client.” Corporate social responsibility, in fact, has become a very important aspect of ACCESS’s team-building activities. “ACCESS Destination Services began to emphasize CSR for our clients during the economic downturn of 2009, when we recognized significant need in the communities where we hosted meetings and events,” says CEO Chris Lee, DMCP. “CSR has now grown into a standard practice, with most of our clients regularly including philanthropic activities in their offsite events.” One of ACCESS’s more ambitious team building/CSR projects resulted in the creation of an entire computer lab — including assembling the furniture and installing 15 computers — for a youth center in New Orleans. Matching an organization’s passion to its activity is a must. ACCESS San Diego recently designed a team building exercise for a client involved with youth education. The activity called for teams to compete for components to build tricycles, wagons and bookshelves for a local learning facility. The goal of some teambuilding activities can also be simply to combine fun with charitable giving. That was the case when ACCESS Florida was designed.

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