Exemplary Ratings Awarded in Governance and Innovation Categories

(Virginia Beach, Va., March 5, 2014) The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that it was approved to successfully renew its accreditation from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). DMAP is an international accreditation program developed by the Washington, D.C. based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). In maintaining DMAP accreditation, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) communicate to their community, buyers and potential visitors that their DMO has demonstrated a significant measure of excellence in destination management and marketing. “The Virginia Beach CVB is honored to receive the Destination Marketing Accreditation Renewal from DMAP,” said Virginia Beach CVB Director James B. Ricketts. “The DMAP accreditation board gave us exemplary ratings for our strategic plan and our green practices. We are pleased to be recognized for providing outstanding services in accordance with international standards and benchmarks set by the destination marketing community.” “By successfully renewing their DMAP accreditation, the Virginia Beach CVB has maintained their commitment to quality programs and services,” said Jack Wert, DMAP Board Chair. “DMAP accreditation communicates to Virginia Beach community stakeholders and visitors that Virginia Beach has attained a measure of excellence assuring that their trust is well placed and their business is in good hands.” DMAP accreditation standards cover a wide variety of topics including governance, finance, management, human resources, technology, visitor services, group services, sales, communications, membership, brand management, destination development, research/market intelligence, innovation and stakeholder relationships. DMAP is an independent international accreditation body and a leader in defining quality and performance issues in destination management and marketing. For additional information on DMAP, please visit www.destinationmarketing.org