April 1, 2009
For immediate release
Go Wichita achieves Destination Marketing Accreditation
(Wichita, Kan.) The Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau announced today that it has been awarded 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 earning the DMAP accreditation, destination marketing organizations (DMOs) communicate to their community, buyers and potential visitors that their DMO has attained a significant measure of excellence.
"Go Wichita is honored to receive the Destination Marketing Accreditation from DMAP," said John Rolfe, Go Wichita president and CEO. "We are very pleased to be recognized in the destination marketing community for providing outstanding services in accordance with international standards and benchmarks in this field."
"By applying for and receiving DMAP accreditation, Go Wichita has demonstrated a commitment to quality programs and services, said Christine Shimasaki, CDME, DMAP Board Chair. "We are proud to recognize these organizations for their achievement. These DMOs' operations and business practices have conformed to 16 domains ranging from governance to sales to innovation. Their accreditation underscores their dedication to providing exceptional leadership and commitment to the professionalism of DMOs across the globe."
Go Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a destination for conventions, group tours and leisure travelers, and annually creates a multimillion-dollar economic impact.
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 marketing. Eighty-five DMOs are now accredited. For additional information on DMAP visit www.destinationmarketing.org.
# # #About Visit Wichita
Visit Wichita markets the greater Wichita area as a major convention and tourism destination, thereby enhancing the economic development of the city, county, region and state. Visit Wichita is led by President and CEO Susie Santo, and in 2013 travel and tourism contributed more than $1 billion in economic impact to the Wichita MSA.