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

23 Feb 2016 (EST) • Arlington, Virginia - Renaissance Arlington Capitol View Hotel
06 Mar 2016 (EST) • Winston-Salem, NC
03 Apr 2016 (EDT) • Grand Rapids, MI
01 May 2016 (EDT) • Chantilly, VA
18 May 2016 (EDT) • Montpelier - Orange, Virginia
11 Jun 2016 (EDT) • Atlantic City, NJ

VA-1 Tourism Summit -  2015 

          Virginia & Tourism:  Technology Driven     

Virginia's 2015 VA-1 Tourism Summit focused on the importance of and how to harness today's technology. Destinations, attractions, hotel, and restaurants will learn how to put technology to work for marketing, improving the guest experience, and more. It was presented by Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association, and Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

Staunton Virginia Site of 2015 Summer Quarterly Meeting

Proving that having a good time and professional development are not mutually exclusive, the VACVB gathering earlier this month in beautiful Staunton was a success. 

The meeting kicked off with a presentation by Tom Griffin from the revamped Virginia Green Travel Alliance.  Mr. Griffin provided a number of examples of DMOs which are engaging in positive ways with the alliance.  He also highlighted the training, certification, and audit programs that DMOs and their stakeholders may be interested in.

Following Mr. Griffin’s presentation, Darren Smith, presented on the visitor engagement app he is developing called Traipse. Traipse is a catalyst for people to connect with a community - its history, its geography, and its commerce - in a fun, active, and social way.  Attendees split into teams and “traipsed” throughout downtown Staunton, answering questions in the Traipse game as they visited local merchant

The day concluded with a fantastic reception at the Frontier Cultural Museum where the attendees learned about the way the museum is marketing itself as a learning institution.  While visiting the various farms representing the cultures of the frontier families, attendees were treated to fabulous food from the talented Mike Lund.  Many thanks to Sheryl Wagner for arranging the day and the reception.

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"
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)


The Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus invites members, prospective members, allied members and the public to use this site as a resource and to learn more about our association.

Our Mission: To offer our members advocacy, networking and professional development opportunities for the purpose of member destination success.  

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