Destination Marketing Association International Accredits 19 DMOs

August 12, 2013

Nineteen destination marketing organizations (DMOs) have recently been accredited under Destination Marketing Association International's (DMAI) Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP).

"Congratulations to these nineteen destinations for receiving their DMAP accreditation," commented Shelly Green, Chair of DMAP and president and CEO of the Durham (N.C.) CVB.

She added, "The DMAP process is a comprehensive review of a DMO's business procedures and accountability. These DMOs have shown their dedication to continually providing customers with superior service in accordance with international standards and benchmarks. Their commitment to accreditation clearly demonstrates the type of leadership they possess in their community and for their stakeholders."

Since January, 2007, 172 DMOs have earned their accreditation. To become accredited, a DMO must successfully comply with 58 mandatory and 30 voluntary standards in areas that include governance, finance, human resources, sales, communications, destination development and research.

"Accreditation is a recognized mark of quality for DMOs of any budget or staff size. At DMAI, we are committed to advancing the success of our industry and benchmarking best practice, not just in America, but around the globe," said Michael Gehrisch, President and CEO of DMAI. "We currently have accredited DMOs throughout the United States as well as Europe, Australia, Korea, Canada and Mexico."

The following organizations have been approved for accreditation and were recognized by DMAI during its Annual Convention in Orlando. An additional 25 destinations renewed their accreditation status.

Albuquerque CVB*      
Ames CVB       
Atlanta CVB*       
Atlantic City CVA*      
Austin CVB*       
Blue Mountain Village Association    
Branson/Lakes Area CVB     
Bryan College Station CVB     
Business Events Sydney, Australia    
Cabarrus County CVB      
Chicago Southland CVB*     
Columbia County TDC      
CVB of Greater Portland Maine     
Discover Kalamazoo      
Elkhart County CVB*     
Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission  
Fresno/Clovis CVB     
Galveston Island CVB      
Greater Lansing CVB*      
Greater Madison CVB*     
Greater Palm Springs CVB     
Guadalajara, Mexico CVB     
Leon, Mexico CVB
Macon-Bibb County CVB
Meadowlands Liberty CVB*
Meet Minneapolis
Monterey County CVB
Monterey County CVB
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau*
Providence Warwick CVB*
Quad Cities CVB*
Rock Hill/York County CVB*
St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB*
The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel*
Tourism Richmond*
Tourism Saskatoon*
Tourism Victoria*
Visit Corvallis*
Visit Estes Park
Visit Hot Springs*
Visit Knoxville*
Visit Loudoun*
Visit Newport Beach, Inc.*
Visit Pittsburgh*

*Renewed Accreditation.

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