Virginia Travel Post for December

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Virginia Travel Industry

Happy Holidays from VTC



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

Visit 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!


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 so you’ll be included in the many articles and features on and possible inclusion on Log in at
Contact Robin Mamunes at 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 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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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!

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
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    Bus tour

    Stay Visible with Lead Reports from Domestic Sales and Marketing

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

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    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,, and register today.

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    PRIDE 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.

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    International Marketing

    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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    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

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    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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