Chattanooga Receives Accreditation Designation With Distinction From Destinations International

Friday, July 16, 2021

At a ceremony Thursday night, Destinations International awarded Chattanooga Tourism Co. with the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program designation. It’s in recognition of the organization's commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world. 

“We are pleased to have Chattanooga Tourism Co. join our distinguished group of 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.” 

Achieving accreditation has been a multi-year effort between the Chattanooga Tourism Co. staff, its board and its tourism partners. Attaining this designation sets the organization apart within the hospitality and tourism industry.  

“Our 3-year strategic plan, which launched in 2019, set accreditation as a target, and we’ve not only met but exceeded our goal – as one of only two organizations this year that received the designation with distinction,” said Barry White, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Tourism Co. “What it means for our community is that the people and organization working to promote Chattanooga as a destination are doing so at the highest standards possible. That will have a direct effect on the outcomes we’re able to achieve, which impact our community’s economic and social prosperity.”

The accreditation program required that the Chattanooga Tourism Co. successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas. 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. 

Chattanooga joins the ranks of more than 220 destination organizations that have obtained DMAP recognition. 



Chattanooga Receives Accreditation Designation With Distinction From Destinations International

Cool Things to Do In Southern California 10: Laguna Beach

Childhood Visits Inspired The Tennessee Aquarium’s New Education Leader


At a ceremony Thursday night, Destinations International awarded Chattanooga Tourism Co. with the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program designation. It’s in recognition of the organization's ... (click for more)

Laguna Beach was founded as an art colony and its world-famous art festivals have just been revived after being paused during the pandemic (the summer versions closing in early September and ... (click for more)

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people experience powerful moments of connection with animals while exploring the Tennessee Aquarium. The bonds forged through close encounters with the ... (click for more)



Travel

Chattanooga Receives Accreditation Designation With Distinction From Destinations International

At a ceremony Thursday night, Destinations International awarded Chattanooga Tourism Co. with the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program designation. It’s in recognition of the organization's commitment to industry excellence and meeting the industry standard for performance and accountability of destination organizations around the world. “We are pleased to have Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Cool Things to Do In Southern California 10: Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach was founded as an art colony and its world-famous art festivals have just been revived after being paused during the pandemic (the summer versions closing in early September and every art lover should sign up immediately). The area also features a lot of public art, from huge murals to dynamic statues: https://www.visitlagunabeach.com/things-to-do/art-culture/public-art/ ... (click for more)

Breaking News

County Health Department Urges Return To Masks In Public Places For All; Masks At School Strongly Recommended

In alliance with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Hamilton County Health Department is recommending that both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear masks in public indoor settings. Officials said, "Breakthrough cases are possible, and preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Has No More Coronavirus Deaths, 141 New Cases

Hamilton County had 141 new coronavirus cases reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 46,863. There has been no more deaths from the virus, and the total is at 514 in the county. The number of those who have recovered from coronavirus in Hamilton County is 45,452, which is 97 percent, and there are 897 active cases. There are 76 patients hospitalized and 20 in ... (click for more)

Opinion

Wash Your Hands Often, But Live Your Life

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. This verse was sent to me from Jim Barclay in an encouragement card when I needed it big time. It reassured me that I was in God's hands and that He is in ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Defunded Police Stagger

Just a year ago, our liberal-led cities were ordering the riot police to “stand down,” and their city councils were demanding police budgets be trimmed by over 50 percent. The idea of using psychology types to defuse a problem rather than a badge-and-a-gun greatly appealed to anti-cop enthusiasts. But now the “chickens have come home to roost” and those hand-twisters like Seattle ... (click for more)