In The News

New and Noteworthy
in Our Region

Our region has been given a variety of names: “Hampton Roads,” “Tidewater,” “Coastal Virginia” (clearly our favorite), but whatever you call it, we can all agree it’s one of the most vibrant and picturesque places to visit on the East Coast. Discover some of our news-worthy happenings below.

An Old-World Baking Renaissance in Hampton Roads

Among all the culinary schools, baking is perhaps the one that benefits most from great respect for tradition — doing things the way they have always been done, slowly and with great care. Luckily, Hampton Roads is having a mini-renaissance of bakers with one foot planted firmly in the old-world bakeries of Europe.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

NPS Superintendent Sets New Vision for Fort Monroe to Tell All of its Stories

In August, Hampton and the region will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to Old Point Comfort at Fort Monroe. A city commission is organizing several events to engage and educate people about the significance of the anniversary.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore is Bustling with Activity

Big things are happening in the tiny, bay-fronting town of Cape Charles. Downtown, 14 new businesses have opened in the past two years alone. The historical district has undergone an astounding transformation.

Monday, April 01, 2019

Norfolk Company Marks 40 years of Sightseeing

Today, Phillips DMC has grown to a crew of more than a dozen tour guides and branched out to event production and shore excursions for cruise lines that stop in Hampton Roads.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Destination To Success

Phillips DMC now has four main areas of service: military reunions, cruise ships, conventions and receptive business (tour groups). The business is a one-stop-shop for these groups for planning their stay in Coastal Virginia.

Monday, August 01, 2016

HR Chamber Member Spotlight – Phillips DMC

Phillips DMC has been the local expert and host for our region for more than 35 years. The company was founded in 1978 by Marjorie Phillips and three generations later it is still a family-owned and operated business serving thousands of visitors to Hampton Roads each year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


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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