Virginia Travel Post for December

News and Opportunities for the
Virginia Travel Industry

Happy Holidays from VTC
WISHING YOU A JOYOUS HOLIDAY SEASON

&

A MOST PROSPEROUS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR


Brand Management
50 Years of Love - Virginia is for Lovers

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of Virginia is for Lovers and we are celebrating all year long with 50 YEARS OF LOVE.

Our goal is to have the entire Commonwealth involved by hosting 50 YEARS OF LOVE activations – events, programs, promotions, etc. – for 50 consecutive days. Questions or ideas about what your organization can do? Contact Shannon Johnson at sjohnson@virginia.org.

Visit vatc.org/50yearsoflove to learn all about the campaign and the 50 YEARS OF LOVE grant that is open until Jan. 15. 

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Grants and Funding
Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program

Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program Applications will open on Dec. 11, 2018!

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Applications will open on Dec. 11, 2018 and are due back no later than Feb. 19, 2019 by 5:00 PM. The Commission was created by the General Assembly to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. The purpose of the program is to assist communities and related sites to market commemorative events, locations, and destinations.

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Digital Marketing
Holiday Wreath

We still need your holiday and winter events and packages!

Please update or add all of your holiday related events (tree lightings, parades, performances, winery events, holiday shopping etc.) and your winter packages and deals, activities, and events to Virginia.org so you’ll be included in the many articles and features on Virginia.org and possible inclusion on blog.Virginia.org. Log in at  http://admin.virginia.org.
Contact Robin Mamunes at rmamunes@virginia.org if you have questions.

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Virginia is for Lovers

Advertise in the Consumer eNewsletters

Placements are available for the 2019 eNewsletters. 3 positions are available at varying costs. See the calendar and specifications. See pricing and sign up for a placement here.

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Waterfall in Dungannon

2019 Content Ideas by Month/Season Calendar

Align your content marketing with ours. Download the 2019 Virginia Tourism Content Ideas Calendar. See what we are highlighting for 2019.

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Groups, Sports and Meetings
Sports Virginia

VA Sports Summit

Don’t miss this educational opportunity to learn more about the sports event market. Save the dates of February 5-6, 2019 and register for the Virginia Sports Summit presented by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission and supported by Sports Virginia.

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Group at Monticello

Domestic Sales is planning for ABA Marketplace

Please update your suggested tour itineraries and listings on Virginia.org/Groups now. If you need help, contact Stephanie Kenney. Please email Joni Johnson your profile sheet and new suggested tour itineraries to include in her sales appointment notebook.

Also, let us know what’s new in your destination for groups, meetings and sports by filling out this form.

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vADMO

2019 AAA Sales Blitz during ABA – Louisville

Join VADMO on a Sales Blitz to AAA Offices coinciding with the ABA conference January 26-30, 2019 in Louisville, KY. In addition to calls and a presentation at AAA Headquarters in Louisville, stops will be made at AAA offices on the way to Louisville.

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Smith River Sports Complex

Domestic Sales Blog
Get in front of 5 million visitors to blog.Virginia.org!

Please send your recommendations for the following to Stephanie Kenney by Friday, December 14:

  • Theatres and Performances for Group Tours
  • New Venues for Sporting Events
  • Read the Blog →
    Bus tour

    Stay Visible with Lead Reports from Domestic Sales and Marketing

    Looking for new prospects? Visit the following links on VATC.org for a complete listing of our free tour & travel and meetings & conventions lead reports. Email Joni Johnson for sports marketing lead reports.

    More Information →
    Consumer Services
    Brochures at a Welcome Center

    Partnership Marketing and Advertising Program (PMAP) 2019 Renewals

    2019 enrollment for the Partnership Marketing and Advertising Program at the Virginia Welcome Centers and Safety Rest Areas is now open. Visit our website, www.welcomeva.com, and register today.

    More Information →
    PRIDE LOVEwork
    LOVEwork

    Bring LOVE to your Destination or Event

    Request our popular LOVEwork to promote your destination and create a memory! Please submit the LOVEwork application request. Check on the form if you would like to lease the Pride LOVEwork or the Standard LOVEwork.  For questions, contact Noelle Baker – (804) 545-5520.

    Application Form →
    International Marketing
    IPW

    IPW 2019

    Join us in Anaheim, California for the travel industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the United States. This year’s show is June 1-5, 2019. If you are interested in joining the VTC booth, please contact Brantley Ussery

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    IPW

    FREE Opportunity to Reach the Canadian Market!

    Do you have a brochure that relates to food, wine, camping, biking, golf, or the outdoors? Ship 200 to Canada and our representative will distribute it at the upcoming consumer shows. Contact Bri Warner for shipping address and deadlines

    More Information →
    Education and Workshops
    Virginia is for Lovers

    2019 Miles Partnership Scholarship Program for STS Marketing College

    The application period will be open from December 10, 2018 to February 1, 2019. For more details regarding the scholarship program, please see the press release that is  available on our website. Applications will again be collected through the online application form on our website.

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    Virginia Commission for the Arts

    Virginia Commission for the Arts Presents Statewide Application Assistance Workshops

    The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops in December 2018. VCA staff will provide an overview of grant programs, including information about the new VCA Online Grant Application System as well as updates to the Guidelines for Funding, application and review procedures and more. Workshop locations include: Chatham, Abingdon, Waynesboro, Glen Allen/Richmond, Lorton, Winchester and Virginia Beach.

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    Virginia International Tattoo

    Virginia International Tattoo Broadcast on PBS

    See why visitors from all over the world travel to see The Virginia International Tattoo, a production of the Virginia Arts Festival. The broadcast has been picked up by over 40 PBS stations nationwide, from Alaska to North Carolina. Music & Might Above and Beyond the Call of Duty is a new one-hour special celebrating our nation’s military and our greatest heroes. See the video.

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    Keep Virginia Beautiful
    Shiver in the River

    Register your team for Shiver in the River

    Shiver in the River is Keep Virginia Beautiful’s largest event and is the coolest winter festival in Virginia! Participants can help with the community clean up, do the 5K walk/run, or jump in the James River — or do all three! This inspiring day is surrounded by a unique festival complete with fun activities for all ages, music and food and beverages! Groups of all kinds are invited to participate as teams or individuals, and challenge others to be a part of the litter solution in Virginia.

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    Virginia Green
    Virginia Green Travel Alliance

    Virginia Green Travel Conference & Travel Star Awards

    The 6th Annual Virginia Green Travel Conference & Travel Star Awards will be April 24-25, 2019 at the awesome new Hotel Madison  & Conference Center in Harrisonburg!  The conference website is open and early bird rates are now available.  Please plan to join us for two days of learning, great speakers, networking and fun! 

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    Virginia in the News

    Most Beautiful Covered Bridges in America
    Travel + Leisure

    America’s Best States to Live in
    USA Today

    “Virginia is for Lovers” is turning 50. And the advertising campaign is still evolving.
    Pilot Online

    Step into the foothills
    Daily Progress

    A foodie’s trip to Richmond
    J.Q. Louise

    The Most Beautifully Designed Bar in Each State in America
    Architectural Digest

    ‘Homeland” Star Touts Virginia in New Video
    US News

    Tourism Statistics

    Website and Blog Visitation for November 2018

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    Music Lovers Hoodie

    Virginia is for Lovers Store

    Virginia is for Music Lovers Hoodie

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    Virginia Travel Post for November

    News and Opportunities for the
    Virginia Travel Industry

    November is Oyster Month
    2018 VA-1 Tourism Summit:
    Tourism Produces
    Governor Ralph S. Northam
    Don’t Miss Governor Northam!

    The Honorable Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia, will headline the VA-1 Tourism Summit as our distinguished guest of honor on Tuesday, November 13th. Governor Northam will speak on the important role the tourism industry plays in Leading Virginia Forward. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear Governor Northam speak on why Tourism Means Business in Virginia.

    Register Now →
    Marketing
    Spa at Kingsmill Resort
    Luxury Travel Partnership

    VTC will enter a new partnership with United Vacations and the Metropolitan Washington Airport’s Authority to promote Virginia’s luxury travel product. The promotion will commence in March of 2019 and will include luxury experiences and accommodations. The product will be bookable on the United Vacations website and will be featured on a new Virginia.org landing page currently in production. Please send luxury travel ideas and accommodation listings to Monica Mitchell at mmitchell@virginia.org. Please share accreditations, ratings, awards, etc. that place the travel product in the luxury category. All entries should be submitted by December 19, 2018.

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    Brand Management
    Industry Advertising Program
    FY19 Co-Op Industry Advertising Program Now Available

    Visit vatc.org to learn all about the 2019 Co-Op Industry Advertising programs. If you were unable to attend one of the Co-Op Presentations and have questions, Contact Shannon Johnson at sjohnson@virginia.org

    More Information →
    International Marketing
    ITHQ students
    Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) is Seeking Internship Opportunities for their Students

    Internships have been an integral part of the ITHQ’s proven means of learning for more than 45 years and are an essential complement to the training offered. All ITHQ training programs are in a work-study mode and therefore include internships in companies in Quebec, Canada or abroad. Most are paid (with a Quebec tax credit) and have a minimum of 350 hours, depending on the program.

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    Digital Marketing
    Holiday Wreath
    Holidays and winter!

    Please update or add all of your holiday related events (tree lightings, parades, performances, winery events, holiday shopping etc.) and your winter packages and deals, activities, and events to Virginia.org so you’ll be included in the many articles and features on Virginia.org and possible inclusion on blog.Virginia.org. Log in at  http://admin.virginia.org.
    Contact Robin Mamunes at rmamunes@virginia.org if you have questions.

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    Virginia is for Lovers
    New Leadership in VTC Digital Marketing

    Tom Kirk has been named Acting Director of Digital Marketing after the departure of Dave Neudeck. Please contact Tom for any digital marketing deparment needs. His contact information is listed on the Digital Marketing pages on VATC.org

    More Information →
    VA-1 Tourism Summit
    Join us at the VA-1 Digital Marketing Session

    Space is still available for the Digital Marketing Workshop at VA-1. It takes place from 8-11am on Monday, November 12, 2018. Cost is $95

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    Encyclopedia Virginia
    Digital Opportunity with Encyclopedia Virginia

    Encyclopedia Virginia is creating 360-degree virtual tours of Virginia’s most historic and unique places. Contact them now to add your site to the growing list. (pmh3g@virginia.edu)

    More Information →
    Groups, Sports and Meetings
    Sports Virginia
    VA Sports Summit

    Don’t miss this educational opportunity to learn more about the sports event market. Save the dates of February 5-6, 2019 and register for the Virginia Sports Summit presented by the Hampton Roads Sports Commission and supported by Sports Virginia.

    More Information →
    Group at Monticello
    Domestic Sales is planning for ABA Marketplace

    Please mail or email Joni your profile sheet and new suggested tour itineraries.

    Also, let us know what’s new in your destination by filling out this form.

    More Information →
    Friends with wine in Arlington
    Domestic Sales Blog
    Get in front of 5 million visitors to blog.Virginia.org!

    Please send your recommendations for the following to Stephanie Kenney by Friday, November 16:

    • Holiday Fun Trip Ideas and Itineraries
    • Group Dining Experiences with Holiday Décor and Flair

     

    Read the Blog →
    Bus tour
    Stay Visible with Lead Reports from Domestic Sales and Marketing

    Looking for new prospects? See complete listings of our free tour & travel and meetings & conventions lead reports. Email Joni Johnson for sports marketing lead reports.

    More Information →
    Consumer Services
    Brochures at a Welcome Center
    Partnership Marketing and Advertising Program (PMAP) 2019 Renewals

    It’s almost time for the 2019 renewals in our Partnership Marketing and Advertising Program at the Virginia Welcome Centers and Safety Rest Areas! Look for information soon on how to renew your brochure or publication. And… if you have not signed up to have your brochure in the VA Welcome Centers or Safety Rest Areas for 2018, there is still time! Visit our website, www.welcomeva.com, and register today.

    More Information →
    PRIDE LOVEwork
    LOVEwork
    Bring LOVE to your Destination or Event

    Request our popular LOVEwork to promote your destination and create a memory! Please submit the LOVEwork application request. Check on the form if you would like to lease the Pride LOVEwork or the Standard LOVEwork.  For questions, contact Noelle Baker – (804) 545-5520.

    Application Form →
    Education and Workshops
    Virginia is for Lovers
    VTC Orientation Program

    Join us for a one-and-a-half-day interactive session in Richmond where you will learn about VTC’s marketing strategies and programs and how you can work with VTC. Nov. 28-29. Cost: $45. 

    More Information →
    Virginia Commission for the Arts
    Virginia Commission for the Arts Presents Statewide Application Assistance Workshops

    The Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA) will present a series of statewide application assistance workshops in November and December 2018. VCA staff will provide an overview of grant programs, including information about the new VCA Online Grant Application System as well as updates to the Guidelines for Funding, application and review procedures and more. Workshop locations include: Chatham, Abingdon, Waynesboro, Glen Allen/Richmond, Lorton, Winchester and Virginia Beach.

    More Information →
    Virginia Green
    Virginia Green
    Virginia Green Travel Star Awards Application Deadline

    Extended to November 9th! Last year, 34 Virginia Green Travel Partners were recognized in 22 sector-based award categories — there is still time to apply and you can meet the deadline by letting us know that your application is on the way. New this year, awards for individuals — Green Team Leaders Awards.

    Application Information →
    Virginia in the News
    The Coal is Gone: It’s Time to Get Creative
    The New York Times

    Cavalier Hotel: A Virginia Beach Landmark Comes Back to Life
    Forbes

    The Reborn Cavalier Hotel: An Ideal Base For Exploring Virginia Beach’s Vast Natural Habitats
    Forbes

    24 Hours in America
    The New York Times

    From Culinary Tours To Historical Adventures, Here Is Your Ultimate Guide To Experiencing Virginia Beach
    BuzzFeed

    Forbes Travel Guide’s 58 Most Luxurious Hotels In The World
    Forbes

    Tourism Statistics

    Website and Blog Visitation for October 2018

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    Oyster Lovers Toadfish Outfitters™ Oyster Knife

    Virginia is for Lovers Store

    Oyster Lovers Toadfish Outfitters™ Oyster Knife
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    Virginia is for Lovers

    November in Virginia

    Virginia eNewsletter 2018

     

    Image: Rappahannock Oysters at Merrior

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    FPO

    November is Oyster Month!

    Celebrate Virginia’s coastal bounties this month in Virginia with fresh oysters at a local restaurant, oyster farm, or festival. Raw, steamed, fried, or baked…these aquatic delicacies are a Virginia specialty that you have to taste to believe.

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    FPO

    48-Hour Fall Getaways

    Spend a weekend exploring Virginia’s seasonal beauty this month to "fall" in love with all that the Commonwealth has to offer, from autumnal colors to the season’s freshest flavors.

     

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    FPO

    Fall on the Coast

    The beaches and coastal destinations may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a fall Virginia vacation, but the shoreline’s off-season offers plenty of fun for every traveler, all at a lower price and with fewer crowds.

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    Wine in Virginia

    Cider Week

    As the sixth largest apple-producing state in the U.S., Virginia knows a thing or two about growing this tasty fruit, but the Commonwealth has also learned how to use these delicious apples to craft world-class ciders. Sample the resulting beverages at a cidery near you during Cider Week, November 9-18 in Virginia.

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    Fall getaway to Eagle Rock

    Veterans Day Events

    Honor America’s brave men and women during a Veterans Day event, including festivals, parades, and commemorations that pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our military forces.
    Learn More →

     

    Fall Drive on Skyline Drive

    Your Holiday Preview

    As the warm days of summer begin to transition into cool fall evenings, we can’t help but think about the upcoming holiday season. Get a head start on your holiday planning this year and mark your calendar for a few of these holiday events.
    Learn more →

    Halloween Haunt at Kings Dominion

    Thanksgiving in Virginia

    Skip the endless dishes and cleaning this year in favor of a Thanksgiving meal at a Virginia restaurant, winery, or special event.
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    On Virginia.org

    More Reasons to LOVE Virginia

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    Virginia Travel Post for October

    News and Opportunities for the
    Virginia Travel Industry

    Trail in the Blue Ridge Highlands Photo: Billy Bowling
    2018 VA-1 Tourism Summit:
    Tourism Produces
    Governor Ralph S. Northam

    Don’t Miss Governor Northam!

    We are thrilled to announce that the Honorable Ralph Northam, Governor of Virginia, will headline the VA-1 Tourism Summit as our distinguished guest of honor on Tuesday, November 13th. Governor Northam will speak on the important role the tourism industry plays in Leading Virginia Forward. Under the Governor’s leadership, Virginia’s tourism industry reported record-breaking visitor spending of $25 billion in 2017. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to hear Governor Northam speak on why Tourism Means Business in Virginia.
    Early-bird registration deadline has been extended to October 12!

    Register Now →
    Virginia Wine Month
    Virginia Wine

    Virginia Wine Celebrates 30th Annual “Virginia Wine Month”

    In addition to various festivals and special events at wineries, restaurants, shops and more, Virginia Wine Month will include the launch of a new tradition by the Virginia Wine Board called “Harvest Party.” Throughout the month of October, Virginians are encouraged to throw Harvest Parties to celebrate and toast the richness of our region. Find a Harvest Party near you, or get inspiration for your own Harvest Party.

    Learn More at Virginia Wine →
    Brand Management
    Industry Advertising Program

    FY19 Co-Op Industry Advertising Program Now Available

    Visit vatc.org to learn all about the 2019 Co-Op Industry Advertising programs. If you were unable to attend one of the Co-Op Presentations and have questions, Contact Shannon Johnson at sjohnson@virginia.org

    More Information →
    LoveShare

    Fall Advertising Campaign

    “Virginia is for Lovers” has been the state slogan for nearly 50 years – yet people still don’t know what “for Lovers” means. So this fall, we invited people from different backgrounds to share a vacation in Virginia centered on the food and drink they love, in places that bring food lovers together. LoveShare, #ShareWhatYouLove, launched September 16 and runs to November 30. Go to vatc.org/loveshare to learn more and see how you can participate.

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    International Marketing
    Cathay to Dulles Ribbon Cutting

    Governor Northam Welcomes Cathay Pacific to Dulles International Airport

    ~ New route puts Virginia in prime position to capitalize on increasing interest in travel to the Commonwealth ~
    Representatives of the Commonwealth of Virginia welcomed officials from Cathay Pacific Airways to Dulles International Airport (IAD) in celebration of the carrier’s inaugural flight to Virginia from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the launch of the longest nonstop air route between Hong Kong and the Capital Region.

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    Capital Region USA

    Register today to attend Capital Region USA’s Global Marketing Update!

    This year’s program includes the latest economic impact and overseas arrivals data, travel trends for the region’s top overseas markets, updates on air service initiatives at Dulles International Airport, and insights from industry experts on marketing to international visitors. Hosted October 18th in Rockville, Maryland, your registration includes lunch, networking opportunities, prize giveaways, and more.

    Registration Information →
    Digital Marketing
    Holiday Wreath

    Never too early for the Holidays!

    Please update or add all of your holiday related events (tree lightings, parades, performances, winery events, holiday shopping etc.) to Virginia.org so you’ll be included in the many articles and features on Virginia.org and possible inclusion on blog.Virginia.org. Log in at  http://admin.virginia.org.
    Contact Robin Mamunes at rmamunes@virginia.org if you have questions.

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    LGBT Marketing
    Pride LOVEwork

    Add/Update your LGBT Friendly Listings

    Be sure and add or update your LGBT-friendly lodging, dining and events on Virginia.org. VA Pride season runs April through October with 16 Pride festivals and more visitors staying longer. And follow and share your welcoming places @VisitGayVA – Twitter | @visitgayva – Instagram

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    Grants and Funding
    Virginia is for Lovers

    VTC Marketing Leverage Program

    The MLP program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing programs through the creation of tourism partnerships and to extend the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign. Applications are now open and are due back on Nov. 7, 2018.  (Draft Review Deadline is Oct. 17.)

    More Information →
    Groups, Sports and Meetings
    Group at Monticello

    Domestic Sales is planning for NTA & ABA tour & travel conferences

    Please be sure your suggested tour itineraries are listed and have current information on Virginia.org/groups. If you need help uploading itineraries, contact Stephanie Kenney.

    Also, let us know what’s new in your destination by filling out this form.

    More Information →
    Friends with wine in Arlington

    Domestic Sales Blog
    Get in front of 5 million visitors to blog.Virginia.org!

    Please send your recommendations for the following to Stephanie Kenney by Friday, October 12:

  • Food and Wine Tours and Itineraries
  • Holiday Group Dining Experiences i.e. venue decorated for the season
  • Read the Blog →
    Bus tour

    Looking for new prospects? Request a Conference Lead Report

    See complete listings of tour & travel and meetings & conventions lead reports from shows Domestic Sales has attended. Email Joni Johnson for sports marketing lead reports.
    Now available to request from via email from Stephanie Kenney:

  • Tour and Travel: Student and Youth Travel Association, Baltimore, MD – August 24-28, 2018
  • More Information →
    Consumer Services
    Brochures at a Welcome Center

    Partnership Marketing and Advertising Program (PMAP) 2019 Renewals

    It’s almost time for the 2019 renewals in our Partnership Marketing and Advertising Program at the Virginia Welcome Centers and Safety Rest Areas! Look for information soon on how to renew your brochure or publication. And… if you have not signed up to have your brochure in the VA Welcome Centers or Safety Rest Areas for 2018, there is still time! Visit our website, www.welcomeva.com, and register today.

    More Information →
    Education and Workshops
    Virginia is for Lovers

    VTC Orientation Program

    Join us for a one-and-a-half-day interactive session in Richmond where you will learn about VTC’s marketing strategies and programs and how you can work with VTC. Nov. 28-29. Cost: $45. 

    More Information →
    Virginia Green
    Support Virginia Green Tourism Oyster Roast

    Support Virginia Green Tourism Oyster Roast

    OYSTERS!!  It’s time for the 4th annual Support Virginia Green Tourism Oyster Roast on Sunday October 28th at the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitor Center.  Event features Virginia oysters and Virginia Green certified restaurants, breweries, wineries and green travel packages.

    More Information →
    Virginia Green

    Virginia Green Travel Re-Certification Required for all Virginia Green by end of 2018!

    All Virginia Green partners that joined before 2017 are required to re-certify before the end of 2018 in order to keep their Virginia Green certification and continue to be recognized on VirginiaGreenTravel.org. The new process now offers 2 levels of participation.

    Virginia Green Recertification Program →
    Virginia Main Street
    Vote Your Main Street

    Partners in Preservation: Main Streets – Danville, VA is a Finalist!

    Main Street America has joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express, and National Geographic for Partners in Preservation: Main Streets! Vote for Danville’s Main Street program (River District) is a finalist and is the only Virginia community in the running this year for a grant of $150,000 to rehab the North Union structure. Vote through October 26.

    Vote Now →
    Virginia in the News

    Your Next Trip? It’s Written in the Stars
    The New York Times

    Richmond Raceway cuts ribbon on $30 million redevelopment project
    Richmond Times Dispatch

    The Martin Agency Redefines ‘Virginia Is For Lovers’ Nearly 50 Years After Its Inception
    Adweek

    Eight Affordable Fall Foliage Getaways
    The New York Times

    Virginia Reaches record-breaking $25 billion in tourism revenue
    The Free Lance-Star

    Harriet Tubman Film to Shoot in Virginia This Fall
    NBC Washington

    Tourism Statistics

    Website and Blog Visitation for September 2018

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    Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers Long Sleeve T-shirt

    Virginia is for Lovers Store

    Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers Long Sleeve T-shirt

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    800-847-4882 | Contact Us
    Information for Virginia Tourism Industry Partners.

    Virginia Travel Post for September

    News and Opportunities for the
    Virginia Travel Industry

    LOVEwork at Lynchburg college Photo: Natalie LeDonne
    2018 VA-1 Tourism Summit:
    Tourism Produces
    VA1 Tourism Summit

    Register Now!


    This year’s event will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will be our largest VA-1 event ever. Don’t miss out on great breakout sessions along with a workshop on building coalitions for tourism and keynote speakers.

    Register Now →
    Digital Marketing
    Fall Pumpkins

    Get your Fall Information on Virginia.org!

    Please update or add all of your Fall related events (Festivals, Oysters, Apples, Halloween, Pumpkins, etc.) to Virginia.org so you’ll be included in the many articles and features on Virginia.org and possible inclusion on blog.Virginia.org. Log in at  http://admin.virginia.org.
    Contact Robin Mamunes at rmamunes@virginia.org if you have questions.

    More Information →
    Couple walking in the Fall

    eNewsletter Advertising Available

    Placements in our enewsletters are available for Fall. Get in front of 340,000 email subscribers with your content.

    More Information →
    Foodie Season

    2018 Content Calendar

    Align your content marketing with ours. Download the 2018 Virginia Tourism Content Marketing Calendar. See what we are highlighting for the Fall and Winter.

    More Information →
    Grants and Funding
    Virginia is for Lovers

    VTC Marketing Leverage Program

    The MLP program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing programs through the creation of tourism partnerships and to extend the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign. Applications are now open and are due back on Nov. 7, 2018.  (Draft Review Deadline is Oct. 17.)

    More Information →
    Brand Management
    Industry Advertising Program

    FY19 Co-Op Industry Advertising Program Now Available

    Visit vatc.org to learn all about the 2019 Co-Op Industry Advertising programs. Or attend a Co-Op Presentation to hear directly from the VTC Brand Team. Contact Shannon Johnson at sjohnson@virginia.org for dates and locations.

    More Information →
    LoveShare

    Fall Advertising Campaign

    The fall advertising campaign, LOVESHARE, launches September 16 and runs to November 30. Log onto vatc.org/loveshare to learn more.

    More Information →
    International Marketing
    Canadian Marketing

    Calling all CVB Partners!  What about Canada?

    Canada continues to be Virginia’s number one international market. If you are interested in attracting more Canadians to your destination, we invite you to consider some of our upcoming partnership opportunities, such as:

  • Partner with VTC at consumer shows
  • Support media and trade FAM tours
  • Participate in Canadian promotions
  • Send your newest brochures or rack cards to Canada for distribution at consumer shows
  • Join in upcoming media & sales mission (coming in May 2019, details will be announced very soon)
  • If any of the above options are of interest or if you have any questions, please reach out to Bri Warner, Canadian Media Relations & Marketing Specialist, at bwarner@virginia.org or 804-389-4688.  

    More Information →
    Groups, Sports and Meetings
    Group at Monticello

    Domestic Sales Needs

    Please email Stephanie Kenney with dates for your signature group friendly events in 2019 and 2020.
    Also, let us know what’s new in your destination by filling out this form.

    More Information →
    Friends with wine in Arlington

    Domestic Sales Blog
    Get in front of 5 million visitors to blog.Virginia.org!

    Please send your recommendations for the following to Stephanie Kenney by Friday, September 14:

  • Fall Fun Itineraries
  • Food/Wine Itineraries
  • Read the Blog →
    Bus tour

    Lead Reports Available from Domestic Sales and Marketing

    Looking for new prospects? Visit the following links for a complete listing of tour & travel and meetings & conventions business development e-reports. Email Joni Johnson for more information on sports marketing lead reports.

    More Information →
    Consumer Services
    Visitor  Centers Seminar

    Host the Visitor Centers Seminar

    Bring more than 100 dedicated tourism professionals to your city/county by hosting the 2019 Visitor Centers Seminar. Work closely with VTC to spotlight your tourism assets and help to educate our industry.

    More Information →
    PRIDE LOVEwork
    LOVEwork

    Bring LOVE to your Destination or Event

    Request our popular LOVEwork to promote your destination and create a memory! Please submit the LOVEwork application request. Check on the form if you would like to lease the Pride LOVEwork or the Standard LOVEwork.  For questions, contact Marie Henderson – (804) 545-5520.

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    Education and Workshops
    Virginia is for Lovers

    VTC Orientation Program

    Join us for a one-and-a-half-day interactive session in Richmond where you will learn about VTC’s marketing strategies and programs and how you can work with VTC. The 2018 Orientation Dates are: Sept. 19-20 and Nov. 28-29. Cost: $45. 

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    Virginia Green
    Virginia Green

    Virginia Green Travel Re-Certifications in Full Gear!

    All Virginia Green partners that joined before 2017 are required to re-certify before the end of 2018 in order to keep their Virginia Green certification and continue to be recognized on VirginiaGreenTravel.org. The new process now offers 2 levels of participation – (1) Commitment Level for those business that have committed to implement various green business practices; and (2) Fully-Certified for those partners that have committed to and implemented a number of green practices and projects. Thank you to the Virginia Green Travel Partners that have already re-certified their commitments to the Virginia Green program.

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    Virginia Green

    Save the date!

    6th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference on April 24-25, 2019 at the new Hotel Madison Conference Center in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The conference features 2 days of educational workshops, engaging speakers, a green suppliers “expo”, and our 8th annual Green Travel Star Awards Luncheon where we highlight the greenest of Virginia tourism. Award applications will be available this month – stay tuned!

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    Finding Main Street

    Virginia Main Street Book Club Announced

    The Virginia Main Street Program has established the “Finding Main Street Book Club.” Building on singer-songwriter Dar Williams’ book, “What I Found in a Thousand Towns,” the goal is to spur conversations of “positive proximity” to help create vibrant communities. “Finding Main Street” is a project of the Virginia Main Street program at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Project partners include Virginia Community Capital, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Humanities through the Virginia Center for the Book, and Book City Roanoke. Click below on information on participation.

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