Kim Phillips

Kim Phillips is the former Vice President of the Denton Convention & Visitors Bureau and current Executive Director of the Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus. A native Texan, she has headed tourism initiatives in Denton County for nearly 20 years. Kim believes that storytelling is the most powerful form of communication regardless of the medium used, from books and blogs to film and photos and everything in between. She loves promoting Denton’s original, independent spirit through the city’s sense of place and cast of many characters as well as the Lone Star state’s travel industry.


The Day Before

The following story actually occurred several years ago. What I thought then was an isolated wake-up call has since become my mantra, a paradigm shift worth sharing for the difference it makes. Like many people the week before Christmas, I was dashing around trying to get last minute holiday preparations wrapped up. The radio was […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 30, 2018

“That’s What Christmas is about, Charlie Brown.”

This is my favorite season for TV. I confess, I am a sucker for sappy Christmas movies and always have been. I don’t watch much TV the rest of the year. But starting with “The Charlie Brown Christmas” special and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” I am in until my boys take over the TV for […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 23, 2018

Retirement Next in Chuck Carpenter Story

John Steinbeck first brought Route 66 to life in his 1939 Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction novel The Grapes of Wrath, a sad saga of Tom Joad and his family trying to escape The Great Depression’s grip after losing their farm to the Dust Bowl. The story is about their difficult journey to California along Route 66, […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 16, 2018

A Denton Holiday Shopping Guide

When I was a kid, Christmas began when the Sears catalogue arrived in our mailbox. I am the eldest of four, and my mom gave each of us our own colored marker with which to scour the catalogue and circle things we wished Santa might bring when he and his reindeer landed at our house […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 09, 2018

Think Local

In the world of destination marketing, visitors are considered the target. Hotel stays are typically a major focus, and considering the primary funding source for most destination marketing ventures, it makes sense. The marketing is usually fueled by hotel tax generated by overnight visitors with the purpose of reinvesting the money in more marketing to […]

Published on: Sun, Dec 02, 2018