As a local, 3rd generation family-owned and operated Destination Management Company (DMC), we are dedicated to providing the best experience to your groups visiting Coastal Virginia.
Established in 1978 by Marjorie Phillips, Anne Phillips, her daughter-in-law, took the helm in 1998, naming it Phillips Tours. Just a few years later, she received her DMCP certification, the first professional with this qualification in the State of Virginia. The company also joined what is known today as ADMEI (the Association of Destinatination Management Experts International).
Anne’s daughter, Brooke Phillips Garrett, joined the company in 2006 and the mother-daughter duo continued to expand the company offerings, industry partnerships and professional affiliations, including Meeting Planners International (MPI) and the American Bus Association (ABA).
In 2019, the company’s name was changed to Discover Coastal Virginia to reflect the wide and diverse region the DMC serves. Under Anne and Brooke’s leadership, they carry on their founder’s legacy and continue to uphold their reputation based on excellent client service, vendor relationships and industry partners.
Whether you are planning leisure activities for board retreats, large-scale corporate events, multi-day tours by motorcoach, shore excursions for luxury cruise ship passengers, or a traditional military reunion, Discover Coastal Virginia is your local partner in planning a seamlessly executed program.