by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 21, 2013
Global Events Partners has closed its seven company-owned destination management companies: GEP Washington, GEP Philly, GEP Baltimore, GEP Bahamas, GEP South Florida, GEP Utah and GEP Atlanta. The move, according to GEP chairman and CEO Chris White, will return the company to its original business model of representing a roster of 58 independently owned and operated DMCs that are “100 percent open for business.” Three GEP-branded DMCs in Arizona, Spain and Las Vegas are licensed companies not owned by GEP and will remain in business. GEP Orlando will return to its previous owners and operate as Florida Coast to Coast with its current team. All business contracted with the affected DMCs is being transferred to other DMCs in the interim.