Our Company

OUR STORY
BEGINS IN 1978

our story teamAs 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.

Why Work with a
DMCP?

DMCPs are the true industry experts. Destination Management professionals who earn their Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) designation demonstrate the highest level of knowledge and commitment to the destination management profession. To earn the DMCP designation through the international industry association of ADMEI, the professional must have multiple years of experience in the field, active involvement in continuing education programs and have passed an exam that covers the knowledge of all aspects of destination management. As President of Discover Coastal Virginia, Anne was the first professional in the state of Virginia to receive her DMCP.

LET'S PLAN YOUR NEXT EVENT IN COASTAL VIRGINIA

We’d love to hear more about your group’s travel plans. Our team of destination management professionals is here to help!

IN OUR CLIENT'S
WORDS

From the first phone call to begin the planning, this destination management team was terrific. We were fortunate to have worked with them for a previous reunion, and again under my leadership. We were all extremely satisfied. The tours were well-planned and it kept our shipmates interested and engaged throughout. I could not have asked for better.

John Titswoth, Reunion Chairman, USS Fred T. Berry Reunion Association

I have worked with this destination management company for the last 15 years and it’s always a pleasure to call on Norfolk by cruise ship and to enjoy their graceful hospitality. Anne and Brooke have a great team of professionals who give tremendous attention to detail. It’s very apparent they’re focused on ensuring every guest has a wonderful time in Virginia.

Katja Boss, Regent Seven Seas Cruises

This DMC was a delight to work with. The entire staff was just great. I knew that when we were coming to Norfolk that Phillips was the only choice for us. I cannot say enough good things about this company. I was totally thrilled with our three day event. From start to finish it was fantastic and enjoyed by everyone. Our guide was truly perfect! She was so informative and gave a few natives new history facts.

Jennifer Ramsdell, WEDA (Western Dredging Association)

We needed a DMC to plan and execute a beach-themed dinner party for approximately 90 of our best clients. This team was extremely professional throughout the planning process and during execution on the day of the event. Even months after the event, we still get compliments from guests about how they enjoyed it.

Superior Equipment Sales