Information for Virginia Tourism Industry Partners.

Virginia Travel Post for June

News and Opportunities for the
Virginia Travel Industry

Norton Sailing School
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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 will be due back on June 26, 2018. 

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Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing

Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program Applications are open!

The marketing program assists Virginia communities and related World War I and World War II sites to market commemorative events, locations, and destinations. Applications are due back no later than August 7, 2018 by 5:00 PM. Maximum Award Amount $10,000.

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Brand Management
Virginia is for Lovers

FY19 Co-Op Program Available Soon

The VTC FY19 Co-op Program will be available by mid to late June. We are working to update the program in order to provide the most efficient and successful opportunities for our tourism partners. We know this is a critical planning time for many of you, so we will update vatc.org and alert you through the Travel Post as soon as the full FY19 program is available.

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Digital Marketing
Family at Virginia Beach

July 4th and Summer Events and Festivals

Please submit/update your festivals and special events and packages for the upcoming summer season. Update your business listings as well to make sure the visitor can find you on Virginia.org. Check your images as well. See the image specifications here. Log in at  http://admin.virginia.org

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SSL Warning

Important Google SEO Update

Effective in July, Google’s Chrome browser will flag your site as insecure if it doesn’t have an SSL certificate. In other words, if your site URL still says http:// instead of https://, a good chunk of your users may not get to your site. Get more information how to secure your site.

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Mabry Mill

eNewsletter Advertising Available

Placements in our enewsletters are available for late Summer and Fall. Get in front of 350,000 email subscribers with your content.

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2018 Content Calendar

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

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Virginia Green
Virginia Green

New Virginia Green Travel Certification Process Announced!

All certified Virginia Green Travel Partners are required to re-certify in 2018 if they have been in the program for more than 2 years.  The certification is generally the same, but it is now administered by the Virginia Green Travel Alliance, the non-profit created to support and expand the efforts of the Virginia Green program statewide.  Virginia Green is still fully recognized and supported by VTC, DEQ, and the VRLTA.  The new certification process now offers 2 levels of participation.

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Groups, Sports and Meetings
Student Performance at Busch Gardens

Planning for SYTA-Baltimore: Request Your Performance Venues for Student Groups

Performance venues are an important and fundamental part of today’s traveling youth and students. Please add your performance venues to Virginia.org/Groups using this form. Also send your student-friendly events, tour product and suggested itineraries to Stephanie Kenney

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Maymont

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, June 15.

  • Tour & Travel: Student-Friendly Itineraries, Cool Activities and Fun Evening Activities
  • Meetings & Conventions: Virginia Green Unique Meeting Venues
  • More Information →
    Bus tour

    Stay Visible with 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.

    Now available:

    • Meetings & Conventions: Raleigh Area Sales Mission, April 9-12, 2018
    More Information →
    Consumer Services
    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.

    Application Form →
    Welcome Center Blitz

    Advertising Opportunities at Virginia Welcome Centers and Safety Rest Areas

    It’s not too late to reach 33 million travelers! Enroll now for 2018 VA Welcome Center/Safety Rest Area advertising. Let us market your business with brochure distribution, an ad panel, blitz, a digital spotlight or a custom package. Click below for more information and online enrollment forms.

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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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    Keep Virginia Beautiful
    Keep Virginia Beautiful

    30 Grants in Thirty Days Award Winners

    The applications flooded in, the judges evaluated and scored, and now it’s time to announce the awards for this year’s 30 Grants in Thirty Days!
    Check our website each day starting June 1st to see whose projects have won funding! You will be amazed at the environmental impact that the groups will make in their communities all across the Commonwealth.

    See the winners →
    Virginia in the News

    Virginia’s tourism revenue reached $25 billion in 2017
    Inside Business

    12 Best American ‘Music Cities’ That Aren’t Nashville
    Fodor’s Travel

    Things to do in Charlottesville, VA
    Alicia Tenise

    The Bachelorette: Season 14 Ratings
    TV Series Finale

    Gov. Northam Reports Virginia Tourism Revenues Reached $25B in 2017
    NBC29

    The 15 Best-Designed Hotels Opening This Summer
    Architectural Digest

    The 50 year history of ‘Virginia is for Lovers’
    WTOP

    Food, Glorious Food!
    Industry Magazine – Page 408

    Tourism Statistics

    Website and Blog Visitation for May 2018

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    Virginia is for Lovers Store

    Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers T-shirt

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    Information for Virginia Tourism Industry Partners.

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    News and Opportunities for the Virginia Travel Industry
    June 2017

    GO Virginia Initiative
    GO Virginia

    Offers opportunities for input from Virginia’s tourism industry
    GO Virginia is a new initiative that will provide a framework for strengthening the economy in each Virginia region.  Virginia travel industry partners are encouraged to engage with their GO Virginia Regional Councils.  Think bold initiatives!  All proposed projects should have significant economic impact and job creation. For more information visit www.VATC.org/GOVirginia.
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    Grants and Funding

    Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program Applications are OPEN!
    Applications are now open and are due back no later than June 27 by 5:00 PM. *Please Note that the draft review deadline has passed.
    The VTC Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing programs through the creation of tourism partnerships, to leverage partners’ marketing budgets, and to extend the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign.

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    Digital Marketing
    Crabbing in Cheriton

    Upcoming Content Marketing
    Want to be included in a blog or an article on Virginia.org? Check out our content marketing calendar for things we are working on. You must be listed on Virginia.org for possible inclusion in any blog or article.
    Log into the Admin Tool to get started. Email Robin Mamunes at rmamunes@virginia.org for assistance.See our content calendar for 2017.
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    Watermans Cabin

    Summer Packages and Deals
    We need your summer deals and packages for our upcoming enewsletters. Content is pulled from Virginia.org so you must be listed through the admin tool for possible inclusion.
    Log into the Admin Tool to get started. Email Robin Mamunes at rmamunes@virginia.org for assistance.
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    Advertise in the Virginia Tourism eNewsletters and on Virginia.org
    Advertising is available for placements on Virginia.org and in the monthly enewsletters.

    Get information on pricing and the availability for the Monthly and seasonal emails.

    Advertise on Virginia.org – For advertising on Virginia.org contact LeisureMedia360.

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    Virginia is for Lovers Pride logo

    Add your LGBT Designation to your Listings
    Are you a Virginia business or event venue who are warm and welcoming to everyone, including LGBT family, couples and friends? If so, NOW is the time to visit http://admin.virginia.org to add/update your listing on Virginia.org. BE SURE TO CHECK the ‘LGBT-friendly” box. We need events, wedding venues, wineries, craft breweries, distilleries, cideries, itineraries, dining, shopping, and outdoors. You’ll also be featured on www.Virginia.org/LGBT.

    Log into the Admin Tool to get started. Email Robin Mamunes at rmamunes@virginia.org for assistance

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    Consumer Services
    Northern Virginia Gateway Welcome Center

    New NOVA Gateway Welcome Center Enrollment
    Enroll to distribute brochures, reserve an ad panel, run a digital spotlight on our 65” inch wall monitor or have a monthly tourism blitz at our NEW Northern Virginia Gateway Welcome Center, on I-95N, Mile Marker 107. Prorated fees for brochure distribution available for 2017. For more information contact Lindsay Slone, (804)922-7908 with HI Media.

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    PRIDE LOVEwork
    LOVEwork

    Bring LOVE to your Destination or Event
    Request our popular LOVEwork to promote your destination and to create a memory for those who come to your event!  Please submit this LOVEwork application request. Note in the comments section on the form if you would like to lease the Pride LOVEwork rather than the Standard LOVEwork. For questions, contact Marie Henderson – (804) 545-5520.

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    Groups, Sports and Meetings
    Student performance at Busch Gardens

    Performance Venues for Student Groups
    Performance venues are an important and fundamental part of today’s traveling youth and students. Please add your performance venues to Virginia.org/Groups using this form. If you need to change existing information, email Stephanie Kenney.

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    Virginia International Tattoo

    Lead Reports Available from Domestic Sales and Marketing
    It’s never too late to create or enhance your domestic sales database and potential business by requesting sales leads generated from desk side buyer appointments and trade shows. For a complete listing of tour & travel and meetings & conventions business development e-reports, visit Vatc.org/marketing/leads. Contact Stephanie Kenney for e-reports.

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    Pet at the Hotel Monaco

    Domestic Sales Blog
    Please send your recommendations for the following to Stephanie Kenney by Friday, June 16:

    • Meetings & Conventions: Pet-Friendly Conference/Convention Centers and Hotels
    • Tour & Travel:Trip Ideas and Itineraries for Girlfriend Getaways

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    International Marketing
    Scott Balyo, Executive Director of CRUSA

    CRUSA Hires New Executive Director
    Join us in welcoming Scott Balyo as the new Executive Director for Capital Region USA. Scott has more than 20 years’ experience in international tourism marketing, organizational leadership, marketing and communications. Having worked for corporations and non-profit organizations, Scott brings diverse experience, a fresh perspective and passion for the tourism industry to CRUSA. Scott will be joining our team at IPW 2017 in DC. He replaces Matt Gaffney, who retires on June 30.

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    Virginia Film
    Virginia Film Lovers

    Audience Awards Online Short Film Contest
    Calling all film lovers! Virginia Tourism and the Virginia Film Office have partnered together to launch an online short film contest! We will be accepting submissions until July 17, 2017. $15,000 will go to the winning shorts- so don’t miss out! The contest is managed by the Audience Awards platform; for full details go to Virginia.org/filmlovers. For more information contact: Emily Wyman.

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    Education and Workshops
    Virginia is for Lovers

    VTC Orientation Session
    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 remaining 2017 Orientation Dates: Sept. 27-28 and Nov. 29-30. Cost: $45.

    More Information and Registration→
    The Entrepreneurship Option

    The Entrepreneurship Option
    The workshop will help identify what it takes and
    what it means to be a true entrepreneur instead of
    an employee.Thursday, June 15, 2017
    11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    SWCC Center for Education & Training
    141 Highland Dr.
    Lebanon, VA 24266
    Free Lunch Provided

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    Virginia Green
    Virginia Green

    It’s Time to plan a Virginia Green Vacation!
    How can you plan an awesome vacation and help to protect the environment? With more than 1700 certified Virginia Green Travel partners statewide, you can TRAVEL GREEN wherever you go in Virginia. All Virginia Green-certified partners have made significant commitments to recycle and reduce wastes, and to reduce their energy and water consumption. You can plan your green vacation by going to VirginiaGreenTravel.org.

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    Virginia in the News

    10 Spring and summer Pop Festivals
    New York Times

    Amazing Trips – 3 Day Appalachia Hike
    Perimeter North Lifestyle

    Survive The Apocalypse In Five-Star Fashion
    Forbes

    5 Must-See U.S. National Parks in Spring
    CBS SF Bay Area

    Hit the Trail: 7 Best Mountain Biking Camps
    Daily Burn

    5 of The Best Hot Springs In The United States
    Simplemost

    Supper at the Settlement
    KathEats.com

    Virginia is for Beach Lovers Towel
    Virginia is for Lovers Store
    This super soft, American Apparel® brand, jersey t-shirt will have you fitting into the natural beauty and splendor of Virginia. Decorated with the Virginia is for Outdoor Lovers™ logo.
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    Sign up for the Virginia Monthly eNewsletter. See how your destination, event or attraction is marketed to over 300,000 consumers.
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    Grants
    Grants and Funding
    Information for the tourism industry about grants and funding sources.
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    Workshops
    Workshop Opportunities
    VTC partners with other Virginia agencies and organizations to assist you.
    More information →

    Virginia.org needs
    Virginia.org Needs and New/Updated Features
    See what we’re working on for Virginia.org and the blog.
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    Tourism Statistics
    Website Visitation for May 2017
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    Virginia Travel Post for January

    News and Opportunities for the
    Virginia Travel Industry

    LOVEwork Barn Quilt in Burkes Garden
    Tourism Day on the Hill
    Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association

    Join VRLTA for the Day on the Hill!

    The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association’s (VRLTA) 2019 Day on the Hill will kick-off with the Taste of VRLTA Legislative Reception on Jan. 23 (6:30-9:00pm) at the historic John Marshall Ballrooms in downtown Richmond.

    On Jan. 24, VRLTA members and industry members will “Storm the Hill,” beginning with a light breakfast and legislative briefing at The Commonwealth Hotel. After office visits with key members of Virginia’s General Assembly, there will be a lunch and recap of the morning at Capital Ale House on Main Street at 12:15 p.m.

    $69 – Taste of VRLTA Legislative Reception, Day on the Hill and Lunch
    $35 – Taste of VRLTA Reception only

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    VA-1 Tourism Summit
    Actor Ian Kahn

    VA-1 Tourism Summit Recap

    The VA-1 Tourism Summit was a resounding success, attracting 484 tourism industry partners from around the Commonwealth. According to VTC’s follow-up survey, participants rated their experience at the Summit highly (4.1 out of 5.00). The highest-rated speaker, actor Ian Kahn of AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies, gave a heartfelt talk about the significance of film and tourism in local economies and how much he loved working in Virginia. Among the top-rated general sessions, the importance of digital, creative marketing by the High Road Agency’s Matt Bolas and George Zimmerman’s speech about the “halo effect” of tourism, or the strong connection between a destination’s image and economic development, were most memorable.
    Next year’s event will be held in Arlington. We look forward to seeing you there!

    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. 

    More Information →
    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 are open

    MAXIMUM AWARD AMOUNT $10,00

    Applications 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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    Parnership Marketing
    Tourism Zones map

    New Virginia Tourism Zone Webpage

    As a resource for industry partners, VTC has launched a new Tourism Zone webpage. Please visit Vatc.org/tourismzones to learn more about Tourism Zones in Virginia.

    More Information →
    Digital Marketing
    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.

    More Information →
    Communications
    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.

    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 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.

    More Information →
    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, January 18:

  • Presidential Tours & Itineraries
  • 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.
    • Leads from National Tour Association Travel Exchange, Nov. 4-7 in Milwaukee, are now available!

    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

    More Information →
    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.

    More Information →
    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.

    More Information →
    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! 

    More Information →
    Virginia in the News

    10 Beautiful Gingerbread Houses
    Fodor’s Travel

    Here Are the 15 U.S. Restaurants Rated Three Stars by Michelin in 2019
    Robb Report

    9 Small Towns That Go All Out for Christmas
    U.S. News & World Report

    Best Wine Tasting in Every State
    Matador Network

    The Most Amazing Christmas Light Displays in America
    The Daily Meal

    Crushed it: Dickenson event takes top honors
    Dickenson Star

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    Tourism Statistics

    Website and Blog Visitation for December 2018

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    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. 

    More Information →
    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!

    MAXIMUM AWARD AMOUNT $10,000,/span>

    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.

    More Information →
    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.

    More Information →
    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.

    More Information →
    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.

    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 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.

    More Information →
    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.

    More Information →
    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

    More Information →
    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.

    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 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 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.

    More Information →
    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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    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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    Virginia is for Lovers Store

    Virginia is for Music Lovers Hoodie

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    2018 VA-1 Tourism Summit:
    Tourism Produces
    VA1 Tourism Summit

    Registration Now Open


    This year’s event will be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and will be our largest VA-1 event ever. We are adding additional breakout sessions along with a workshop on building coalitions for tourism.
    In 2018, nothing is off the table. So if you have a content idea or a speaker you’d like to share, please let us hear it on VA1TourismSummit.org/become-a-speaker. We’d love to hear your ideas about how we can work together to produce for Virginia’s Tourism Industry.

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

    Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program Applications are open!

    The marketing program assists Virginia communities and related World War I and World War II sites to market commemorative events, locations, and destinations. Applications are due back no later than August 7, 2018 by 5:00 PM. Maximum Award Amount $10,000.

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    Virginia is for Lovers

    FY19 Co-Op Program Announced July 25

    July 25, visit vatc.org to learn all about the 2019 Co-Op programs. Also, keep an eye out for an invitation to one of Co-Op Presentations and Brand Meetings where the VTC Brand Team will be traveling across the state to present the co-op program in person.
    Six established and three new programs will be presented, including a television media buy and luxury product package. As usual, co-op partners will receive reimbursement or buy downs for running ads with VTC’s advertising partners. You will also receive information on other partnership opportunities.

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    Shannon Johnson

    Shannon Johnson is VTC Brand Director

    VTC President and CEO Rita McClenny is delighted to announce VTC’s new Brand Director, Shannon Johnson. Shannon will be traveling across the state July, August and September to meet and get to know Virginia’s Travel industry and present the fall cooperative marketing opportunities plan.
    Shannon joins The Virginia Tourism Corporation from The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation where she served as the Public Communications and Marketing Director for DCR and Marketing Director for Virginia State Parks. Shannon moved to Virginia in 2012 from New York City where she built her career in marketing and brand development at Time Warner Corporate, Essence Magazine, Conde Nast, Macy’s and Reader’s Digest.

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    Craft Beer

    Summer, August Craft Beer Month, Labor Day, and Fall!

    Please submit/update your festivals and special events and packages for the late summer season and early Fall. Update your business listings as well to make sure the visitor can find you on Virginia.org. Check your images! See the image specifications here. Log in at  http://admin.virginia.org

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    Racing Packages and Deals

    Racing season is upon us in Virginia. Create and add racing packages to coincide with NASCAR events in Virginia or at VIR. Get more information on how to add a package or deal to Virginia.org. Questions? Contact Robin Mamunes@Virginia.org

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    eNewsletter Advertising Available

    Placements in our enewsletters are available for late Summer and Fall. Get in front of 350,000 email subscribers with your content.

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    2018 Content Calendar

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

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    Virginia Green

    It’s Green Festival Season!

    And it’s not too late to certify your festival, event or conference as a Virginia Green Travel Event! Impress your attendees by taking measures to recycle and reduce other environmental impacts from your event. We’ll give you the Virginia Green “seal of approval” and help to promote your event before and after the event. Virginia Green certification information available here.

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    Groups, Sports and Meetings
    Group at Monticello

    Domestic Sales is planning for NTA & ABA

    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.

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    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, July 20.

  • Tour & Travel: Craft Beer Tours for 20 or more
  • Meetings & Conventions: Attractions with Private Event Space
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    Stay Visible with 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.

    Now available to request from via email from Stephanie Kenney:

    • Meetings & Conventions: Pennsylvania Bus Association, Williamsburg, VA – June 18-21, 2018
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    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.

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    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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    Welcome Center Blitz

    Advertising Opportunities at Virginia Welcome Centers and Safety Rest Areas

    It’s not too late to reach 33 million travelers! Enroll now for 2018 VA Welcome Center/Safety Rest Area advertising. Let us market your business with brochure distribution, an ad panel, blitz, a digital spotlight or a custom package. Click below for more information and online enrollment forms.

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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 in the News

    Cape Charles to pilot new Virginia Main Street program
    delmarva now

    The Best Revamped Wedding Venues in the Country
    Martha Stewart Weddings

    CMT Hot 20 Countdown
    Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival
    CMT

    ‘The Bachelorette’ Recap: Becca Kufrin Chooses Her Final 6, Sends Home One Controversial Suitor
    Variety

     

    How Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wound up on ‘The Bachelorette’
    The Washington Post

    The Bachelorette Recap: Virginia is for Lovers?
    Vulture

    Officials hope to boost tourism after ‘Bachelorette’ stop in Richmond
    WSET

    Full Coverage of ‘Bachelorette’ Espisode
    Google news

    Tourism Statistics

    Website and Blog Visitation for June 2018

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