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Nineteen Destination Marketing Organizations Attain Industry Accreditation

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Nineteen destination marketing organizations (DMOs) have recently been accredited under Destination Marketing Association International’s (DMAI) Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). The accreditation seal illustrates a DMO's commitment to industry excellence and to raising the performance and accountability of DMOs around the world.

"Congratulations to these nineteen destinations for receiving their DMAP accreditation," commented Shelly Green, Chair of DMAP and President & CEO of the Durham CVB. "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 fifty-eight mandatory and thirty 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 Destination Marketing Organization International during its Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida. An additional 25 destinations renewed their accreditation status. The renewal of these DMOs' accreditation signifies the continuing and growing value of the program to the destination marketing industry, and reinforces the power that the DMAP seal provides these organizations when communicating to stakeholders.

Albuquerque CVB* Leon, Mexico CVB
Ames CVB Macon-Bibb County CVB
Atlanta CVB* Meadowlands Liberty CVB*
Atlantic City CVA* Meet Minneapolis
Austin CVB* Monterey County CVB
Blue Mountain Village Association Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau*
Branson/Lakes Area CVB Providence Warwick CVB*
Bryan College Station CVB Quad Cities CVB*
Business Events Sydney, Australia Rock Hill/York County CVB*
Cabarrus County CVB St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB*
Chicago Southland CVB* The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel*
Columbia County TDC Tourism Richmond*
CVB of Greater Portland Maine Tourism Saskatoon*
Discover Kalamazoo Tourism Victoria*
Elkhart County CVB* Visit Corvallis*

Fayetteville Advertising and
Promotions Commission

Fresno/Clovis CVB Visit Estes Park
Galveston Island CVB Visit Hot Springs*
Greater Lansing CVB* Visit Knoxville*
Greater Madison CVB* Visit Loudoun*
Greater Palm Springs CVB Visit Newport Beach, Inc.*
Guadalajara, Mexico CVB Visit Pittsburgh*


*Renewed Accreditation