FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Seven Destinations Receive DMAP Accreditation at Destinations International’s Annual Convention
25 destination organizations recognized in total for new accreditations, reaccreditations and renewals.
DALLAS, TX, USA (JULY 19, 2023) – Destinations International announced that six destination organizations received a Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) accreditation in recognition of their destination organization’s commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination marketing organizations around the world. The announcement was made at Destinations International’s Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas, USA.
The accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. The standards cover nearly all aspects related to the management and marketing of destination organizations including governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research.
Several organizations achieved accreditation with distinction, an honor reserved for those destination organizations that go beyond meeting the required standards of accreditation to truly showcase the breadth of their operation and their commitment to advancing the destination they serve.
“We are pleased to have these organizations join our distinguished group of DMAP destination organizations,” said Don Welsh, president and CEO of Destinations International. “The industry distinction defines quality and performance standards for destination organizations, and I look forward to welcoming them to the DMAP community. Thank you to the DMAP Board of Directors for their commitment to our industry and this important program.”
“Never before has destination organization relevance been so critical to the economy of the destinations that Destinations International members represent,” said Karen Fisher, MBA, CDME, chief financial officer of VisitPITTSBURGH and chair of the DMAP Board of Directors. “Destination organizations are the destination’s brand owners and participation in DMAP demonstrates a destination organization’s commitment to operating within a set of strict standards that sends a strong message to stakeholders that the organization entrusted with the destination brand has the infrastructure and expertise to positively impact the visitor economy for the benefit visitors and residents alike.”
The following accreditations and re-accreditations were announced at Destinations International’s Annual Convention:
• Visit Fort Wayne*
• Experience Scottsdale*
• Visit Rapid City
• Destin - Fort Walton Beach Florida Tourism*
• Visit Salt Lake
• Port Aransas Tourism Bureau & Chamber of Commerce
• Visit Gainesville, Alachua County*
• Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
• Visit Sarasota County
• Visit Baton Rouge
• Visit Milwaukee
• Dutchess Tourism, Inc.
• Visit The Northshore
• Experience Olympia & Beyond
• Visit York County
• Richmond Region Tourism
• Visit Greater Palm Springs
• Visit Dallas
• Visit Galveston
• Bermuda Tourism Authority*
• Explore Asheville*
• Visit Macon*
• Visit Rochester*
• Visit Estes Park
• Louisiana Office of Tourism
*Designates DMAP With Distinction
For more information about DMAP, visit www.destinationsinternational.org.
About Destinations International:
Destinations International is the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards. With more than 7,500 members and partners from over 700 destinations, the association represents a powerful forward-thinking and collaborative community around the world. For more information, visit www.destinationsinternational.org.