Suffolk Summer Quarterly Meeting

Was a HUGE Success!

We had such a great time together at VACVB Summer Meeting in Suffolk!  Thank you to all of the DMO and Allied Members who joined us in helping to make this meeting a huge success!

In addition to VACVB updates, attendees were entertained and enlightened during three sessions with Darienne Mobley, a national tourism expert who served as Director of Tourism for Mississippi and Louisiana.  Darienne's spoke passionately about her experiences and leadership during Hurricane Katrina in addition to sharing helpful marketing and professional development tips with our tourism audience. 

A big thank you to our hostess, Theresa Earles and her wonderful staff at Suffolk Tourism for showing us all what Suffolk has to offer. Along with the Planters Peanut factory, Southern Hospitality is alive and well in Suffolk!

Final Deadline for Virgo Awards Submission Approaching

January 20, 2017

The VACVB/VADMO Virgo Awards submission deadline is fast approaching. All nomination materials must be submitted by January 20, 2017. The awards will be presented and showcased during the VACVB/VADMO Spring Tourism Education Meeting, April 2-4, 2017 at The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. 

Nomination submission form   

Spring Quarterly Meeting

The VACVB meeting was held May 18-19, 2016 in Orange, Virginia 

at the historic home of James Madison, Montpelier

Many thanks to Leigh Mawyer of Orange County and the team from Montpelier for their great hospitality and sharing their wonderful property with us.  Thanks also to the Market at Grelen where we were spoiled by the delectable food and wine and the amazing views.

Be sure to check out the timely presentations on the Airbnb legislation, the agritourism initiatives at Montpelier and the running of equine events.  There is also a presentation on the Virgo Awards which will be presented at VA-1 in Roanoke on November, 13-15. 


Scenes from the Market at Grelen

VDP Certification Program

The Virginia Destination Professional (VDP) certification program is a Virginia-centric, DMO professional, individual certification that provides opportunities for CVB staff to both invest in their development as well as be recognized by their community and peers. 

Upcoming events

14 Jan 2017 • Cleveland, OH
17 Jan 2017 • Cleveland, Ohio
26 Jan 2017 • Richmond, Virginia
26 Feb 2017 • St. Louis, MO
26 Mar 2017 • Sacramento, CA
02 Apr 2017 • Bath County - Omni Resorts, The Homestead

2015 Virgo Awards Presented!

The 2015 Virgo Travel and Tourism Awards were presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon held at the Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center on April 30, 2015.  The competition was judged by a panel of four out-of-state peers who made their determinations based on the quality of the submission, economic efficiency, and the economic or community impact.  Once again, Tubby Kubick of Chocklett Press helped us find outstanding judges who turned in results reflecting the high quality of submissions and a very close competition.  

The 2015 competition debuted new categories which were designed to more accurately reflect the type of cutting edge promotional campaigns being waged state-wide.  These awards pay tribute to individuals, groups, businesses and destination marketing organizations that have significantly contributed to the Commonwealth of Virginia's economy through tourism promotion and development.  The winners of the 2015 VIRGO Awards for their respective categories are listed below:

  • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget UNDER $1 million: Print – Botetourt County Office of Tourism, “What’s Your Bot-e-Type?”
  • Advertising & Promotions – DMO Budget OVER $1million: Print – Visit Fairfax, “Visit Fairfax Metro “Punch Out” Car”
  • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget UNDER $1 million: Interactive – Botetourt County Office of Tourism, “What’s Your Bot-e-Type?”
  • Advertising & Promotions – DMO Budget UNDER $1 million: Online and eMarketing – Orange County Department of Tourism, “Right Here in Orange County, Virginia”
  • Advertising & Promotions – DMO Budget OVER $1 million: Online and eMarketing - Visit Fairfax, “Visit Fairfax Interactive Banner Campaign”
  • Advertising & Promotions – DMO Budget UNDER $1 million: Combination – Mecklenburg County Tourism “More of What Matters”
  • Advertising & Promotions – DMO Budget OVER $1 million: Combination - Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Blue Ridge Standard Time”
  • Destination Event of the Year: Spotsylvania Economic Development and Tourism – “150th Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse Living History Weekend” 
  • Niche Tourism:  Spotsylvania Economic Development and Tourism – “150th Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse Living History Weekend and Re-enactment”
  • Regional Marketing Initiative:  Friends of Southwest Virginia, “Discover Southwest Virginia”
  • Peer Selected “Best in Show”: Mecklenburg County Tourism, “More of What Matters"


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