Phillips Destination Management Company recently changed its name to Discover Coastal VA to better reflect the full geographic area and everything the region and company has to offer. Founded in 1978 as a tour company showcasing the best offerings of Norfolk and surrounding areas, they have since expanded as a third-generation, family-owned-and-operated destination management company attracting leisure, group, corporate and convention visitors to experience the best of the entire region. The rebranding coincides with 2019’s record-breaking year for visitors, with an average to date of 304,955 visitors per month, according to Virginia Tourism’s independent study by Vincent P. Magnini, executive director of Institute for Service Research.
Left to right: Brooke Phillips Garrett, Vice President; Erika Donohue, Director of Programs & Events; Anne N. Phillips, DMCP, President; Shannon Heisler, Director of Operations
Destination Management Companys (DMC) offer extensive local knowledge, expertise and resources to design and implement events, activities, tours, transportation and program logistics and work hand-in-hand with local convention and visitors’ bureaus, hotels, meeting and reunion planners to provide these services to incoming clients within the region. Discover Coastal VA was one of the first DMCs established in Virginia and remains the oldest continuously owned and operated in the Commonwealth.