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sourcing and distribution of the inventory. DMCs collaborate with large and small tour operators and direct travel product suppliers to acquire inventory. They sometimes contract allotments from local lodging providers and act as hotel wholesalers (bed banks).

Then, like tour operators, they package their inventory and sell to customers directly, through distributors, or through marketplaces.

Technologies. The list of software that can be useful is the same because the line between tour operators and DMCs is very blurry and their operational models are so similar. Even though DMC-specific solutions are offered by some vendors