Virginia Travel Post for June
Virginia Beach Strong

“As the ocean is never full of water, so is the heart never full of love.” – Unknown

Our hearts are with the Virginia Beach community. #VBStrong

News and Opportunities for the
Virginia Travel Industry

Brand Management
50 Years of Love - Virginia is for Lovers
50 Years Of LOVE

Many thanks to all who are helping us celebrate 50 Years of Love! We would like to use high-resolution images of any products or events you are having. Please be sure to share any high-resolution images with Sarah Hauser, so we can help promote your activations.
If you have questions or would like to get involved, contact Lindsey Norment or Leah Harms.

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50 Years of Love - Virginia is for Lovers
Industry Advertising Co-Op Program

FY20 Co-Op Program Now Open
Details of the Industry Advertising Co-Op Program for July 1, 2019 – June 20, 2020 are now available. Thanks to your feedback, the best performing programs have been retained and enhanced, and a new streaming audio program with Pandora has been added. Contact Lindsey Norment with questions.

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50 Years of Love - Virginia is for Lovers
2020 Travel Guide Advertising

Production is underway for the 2020 Virginia Travel Guide! We’re excited to continue the editorial format and incorporate even more local voices and inspiring photography to tell Virginia’s best travel stories. To advertise in the 2020 Guide, contact your regional rep at the link below.

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Grants and Funding
50 Years of Love - Virginia is for Lovers
VTC Marketing Leverage Program

The Marketing Leverage 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 June 25, 2019.

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Digital Marketing
Virginia is for Lovers
Display Advertising on Virginia.org

Get highly targeted click thrus to your website and differentiate your business on Virginia.org.
For more information download this PDF on Virginia.Org Advertising and contact Jo Diedrich of LeisureMedia360 at 540-580-8767.

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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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Summer in Assateague
Content Needs for Virginia.org

Summer is here! Are you ready? Log into the Admin Tool to update your expired or add your new Summer events and packages. Don’t forget about your Summer festivals, July 4th events, parades and festivities and Music and Wine Festivals. Questions? Contact Robin Mamunes.

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Groups, Sports and Meetings
Group at Monticello
Keep VTC Domestic Sales up to Date

Please update your listings on Virginia.org/Groups, Virginia.org/Meetings and SportsVirginia.org. If you need help, contact Stephanie Kenney.

In preparation for the Student and Youth Travel Association Conference, please add your Student Performance Venue or contact Stephanie to update your current listing. Please also send any new student programs to Stephanie.

 

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Salem Stadium
Domestic Sales Blog

Please send your recommendations for the following to Stephanie Kenney by Friday, June 21:

  • Group Friendly Outdoor Activities/Tours
  • Activities and Events for athletes and families to do in and around Lynchburg during the State Games of America (July 31-Aug. 4)

 

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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 VATC.org 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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State Games of America
Volunteers needed for State Games of America

The State Games of America will be hosted for the first time in Virginia in Lynchburg – July 31 -August 4, 2019.
Volunteer Here to help welcome 15,000 athletes and their families.

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Consumer Services
Visitors Center Seminar
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!

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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. Orientation is a must for tourism marketers, DMOs, managers/owners of Virginia tourism properties and those who want to increase their visitation. The 2019 Orientation Dates are: Sept. 18-19 and Dec. 4-5. Cost: $45.

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Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association
VRLTA
VRLTA Ordinary Awards

VRLTA (Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Ordinary Awards, which recognize Virginians who demonstrates exemplary passion for the hospitality and travel industry.
The awards feature 18 individual and organizational awards across four primary categories: Travel, Lodging, Restaurant and Beverage/Others. Awards include categories such as Restaurant Employee of the Year, Chef of the Year, Hotelier of the Year, Attractions of the Year, etc. Nominations are due Sept. 6, 2019; winners will honored at a gala dinner in Richmond on Oct. 10 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa / Short Pump.

 

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Virginia Green
Virginia Green Travel Alliance
The Greening of Festivals & Events

There is still time to get your upcoming festival or conference as a Certified Virginia Green Travel Event! Details here on resources, available assistance and the application for certification.

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Virginia in the News
Staunton Is Looking for a Virginia Artist to Paint a New Mural
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Today

Rita McClenny: Explore Virginia history this summer
The Virginian-Pilot

‘Summer of Love’ Celebrates Virginia Slogan Anniversary
NBC4 WashingtonThe 15 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2019
Smithsonian Magazine

Take in nature in Virginia’s Blue Ridge
GoErie.com

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