Suffolk Summer Quarterly Meeting
Was 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!
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.
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:
2015 Virgo Award Winners Pictured above (l to r: Justin Kerns, Mecklenburg; Lisa Moorman, Botetourt; Leigh Mawyer, Orange; Debbie Aylor, Spotsylvania; David Mikula, Mikula-Harris accepting for Roanoke Valley; Kevin Costello, Abingdon accepting for Friends of Southwest Virginia; and Dean Miller, Fairfax)
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