The Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC) is the trade association for over 40 Convention & Visitors Bureau from across the state. The Annual Meeting was held recently in Raleigh with over 120 travel professionals learning from speakers, networking and exchanging ideas on how best to promote our destinations in North Carolina.

One of the annual highlights is the Destination Marketing Awards banquet and the Johnston County Visitors Bureau has received over 40 awards in the past ten years.  This year the Johnston County Visitors Bureau received four awards: two platinum and two gold.

Receiving recognition this year with Platinum Awards was our Johnston County Visitors Bureau Visitors Guide and the Ava and Frank Leisure Advertising Campaign for the Ava Gardner Festival in 2011. Receiving Gold Awards was the Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail Brochure and our Girlfriend's Getaway Promotion featuring deals and coupons from local businesses and area hotels offering special rates.

Donna Bailey-Taylor, Executive Director of the bureau attended the conference in Raleigh and accepted the awards on behalf of the bureau.  For more information on the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, our programs and general visitor promotion for the county, visit our web site, www.johnstoncountync.org.