• Event Calendar

    VACo’s 80th Annual Conference

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    November 9-11, 2014

    The Omni Homestead Resort, Warm Springs

    VACo’s 80th Annual Conference theme is “Empowering Virginia Counties: 80 Years Strong”.   Read More

    VA-1 Tourism Summit

    VA1 Drive Tourism 2014

    November 16-18, 2014

    Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston VA

    Sunday, November 16 - Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Hyatt Regency Reston 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, Virginia 20190 USA
     Maximize Virginia's Tourism Potential
    Participate in engaging tourism marketing and development sessions
    Identify new and game changing ideas to stay competitive
    Evaluate tourism's economic impact, industry trends and marketing strategies
    Leverage new opportunities through networking and relationship building
    Advance Virginia's prominence as a premier, global, travel destination 

    Hosted by:
    Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association
    Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus
    Virginia Tourism Corporation

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    VTC Orientation

    Virginia is for Lovers Logo retro

    Dec. 3-4, 2014

    Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown

    45 years later, Virginia is for Lovers is one of the most highly recognized tourism slogans in the world! Join us for a 2-day interactive event that will help you incorporate the Virginia is for Lovers brand in your marketing strategy. This orientation program is most beneficial for local tourism directors, and managers/owners of Virginia tourism properties.

    Orientation will be held 4 times in 2014: 

    • This is a two-day session
      - Day One:    10:00am – 5:00pm
      - Day Two:    8:30am – 2:00pm

      February 5-6

      May 13-14

      September 16-17

      December 3-4


      Registration: $45

      Hotel Room: $99/night

      Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown    
      501 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219
      Phone: 804.344.4300 

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    Agritourism Farm Tours, Bed & Breakfast

    Dec 8, 2014

    Holston Hill Community Golf Course, 1000 Country Club Road, Marion VA 24354

    Farm tours and farm stays have caught the attention of numerous Virginia agricultural regions. On Monday, December 8, 2014, Smyth County Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Department will host an agritourism workshop in partnership with Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and Virginia Tourism Corporation.

    Held at Holston Hill Community Golf Course located at 1000 Country Club Road, Marion, VA 24354, the workshop will begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude around 4:30 p.m.

    "This training combines information on marketing, and promising practices for hosting a farm tour or developing a bed and breakfast farm stay" said Martha Walker, community viability specialist for Extension. "Our team is thrilled to have Amy Hager, executive director with Bed & Breakfast of Virginia and Cecile Gorham with Market Central –Meet Yer Eats in Charlottesville to share their successes and challenges," said Kitty Barker with Virginia Tourism Corporation.

    The workshop is free, but you must register. Register by calling The Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County at 276-783-3161 or email sgillespie@smythchamber.org by Wednesday, December 3. You can also register online at http://agritourism.eventbrite.com.

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