Visit Oakland Attains Destination Marketing Accreditation

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Visitors Bureau Joins the Ranks of Elite Destination Marketing Organizations

Visit Oakland was awarded accreditation today from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP). DMAP is an international accreditation program developed by Washington, DC based Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

The only comprehensive industry-wide accreditation program of its kind, DMAP is designed to recognize destination marketing organizations that meet or exceed industry standards. By earning the DMAP accreditation, Visit Oakland conveys to its stakeholders, clients, visitors and community that a significant measure of excellence has been attained.

Visit Oakland is now one of just over 150 Convention and Visitors Bureaus across the country that can claim this accomplishment.

“The Visit Oakland team is extremely honored to receive such a prestigious national accreditation,” said Alison Best, CDME, President & CEO, Visit Oakland. “DMAP is the gold standard by which destination marketing organizations are now measured and we know that this accreditation symbolizes the high standard that our stakeholders and visitors are seeking.”

The official DMAP accreditation certificate was presented to Visit Oakland Monday evening at DMAI’s Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

The DMAP accreditation is an arduous process comprised of rigorous standards set forth by the professional destination marketing community. Evaluating standards include a variety of topics including; Governance, Finance, Management, Human Resources, Technology, Visitor Services, Group Services, Sales, Communications, Brand Management, Destination Development, Research/Marketing Intelligence, Innovation and Stakeholder Relationships.

About DMAP
DMAP is an independent international accreditation body and a leader in defining quality and performance in destination management and marketing.

About DMAI
The world’s largest resources for official destination marketing organizations (DMO’s), representing more than 3,000 DMO professionals, students, educators, and industry vendors and partners in over 30 countries. For more information, see

About Visit Oakland
Visit Oakland is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization dedicated to marketing the City of Oakland as a travel destination. Visit Oakland offers a wide variety of complimentary services and materials for travelers and meeting planners interested in experiencing Oakland. For more information, see

Kim Bardakian
Director of PR & Partnerships                        
(510) 208- 0529 office
(510) 499-5723 cell                                        

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