The exclusive designation represents the highest recognition for destination management organizations across the globe.
Naples, Fla., July 26, 2022 – The Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB is pleased to announce Destinations International and the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) Board of Directors has renewed the DMAP Accreditation for the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, one of 24 destination organizations to receive the designation this year.
The accreditation program requires a destination organization to successfully comply with a multitude of mandatory and voluntary standards that span a variety of performance areas to gain this momentous achievement. 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. The DMAP seal is awarded in recognition of an organization’s commitment to industry excellence and meeting or exceeding industry standards for performance and accountability among destination organizations globally.
“It is an undeniable honor to once again be the recipient of this highly-sought-after designation. As one of the select destination management organizations to achieve this status, I am proud of the team effort, forward-thinking vision, creative agility, and adherence to the highest level of industry standards and business practices this recognition reflects,” said Paul Beirnes, Executive Director of the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I look forward to continuing this tradition of excellence for the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades CVB as we position and promote our beautiful destination to an increasingly discerning global audience.”
“We are pleased to have the Naples, Marco Island and Everglades CVB once again join the ranks of our distinguished group of professionals,” 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 once again welcoming them to the DMAP community.”
"By achieving DMAP accreditation, the Naples, Marco Island, everglades CVB has demonstrated that they have developed strategies for the direction of their destination and the policies and procedures to safeguard the use of public dollars,” said Maura Allen Gast, FCDME, executive director at Visit Irving, and Immediate Past Chair of the DMAP Board.
About Florida’s Paradise Coast
The Naples, Marco Island and Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the official source for area travel and tourism information about Florida's Paradise Coast. Located in Southwest Florida, this premier vacation and meeting destination offers leisure and business travelers a variety of exceptional year-round amenities and attractions. Set along a 30-mile Gulf of Mexico coastline ribboned with white-sand beaches, visitors will discover a sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere highlighted by a lively social scene, robust arts and culture activities, exceptional restaurants, luxury boutique shopping and plenty of outdoor adventure experiences. Home to over 90 public and private golf courses, sports enthusiasts have access to a variety of championship courses; pickleball and tennis facilities; and water activities ranging from kayaking to sailing charters. Outdoor adventures include exploring the world-famous Everglades – the only sub-tropical mangrove wilderness in the U.S. and home to endangered wildlife and over 350 species of birds. Florida’s Paradise Coast is truly where the high life meets the wildlife. Recent accolades include being named the No. 1 “Best Beach Town in the U.S. to Live In,” No. 1 “Healthiest and Happiest City in America” and “One of the Best Small Cities in the U.S.” Located just two hours from Miami, three hours from Tampa, and four hours from Orlando, Florida’s Paradise Coast is easily accessible by Interstate highway. Travelers outside of the Sunshine State can fly into Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), Punta Gorda (PGD), Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Miami (MIA). For more information about Florida’s Paradise Coast, call 800-688-3600, visit ParadiseCoast.com, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
About Destinations International:
Destinations International is the world’s largest resource for official destination organizations, convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) and tourism boards. Destinations International is about serving destination marketing professionals first and foremost. Together with more than 4,700 members and partners from nearly 600 destinations in approximately 15 countries, Destinations International represents a powerful forward-thinking, collaborative association; exchanging bold ideas, connecting innovative people and elevating tourism to its highest potential. For more information, visit www.destinationsinternational.org.