Download Agenda —> 2018 Visitor Centers Seminar Program Agenda
PRE‐EVENT FAM ACTIVITIES—Agenda
Monday, March 19th
1:30pm– 5:30pm: Early Registration
1:00pm-7:00pm: Profiles of Honor Tour Mobile on site at the Marriott – Learn about this unique mobile museum
1:30 pm– 3:30pm: Wine and Design (Virginia Themed Artwork)‐ Sponsored by VTC
Designated meeting room at Marriott.
Unleash your inner artist as a local artist guides you with stroke-by-stroke instructions to ensure you paint your own unique masterpiece, while sharing the experience with your fellow Virginians.
2:45pm‐3:45pm: City Center Scavenger Hunt
Meet in the lobby and break into teams to participate in the City Center Scavenger Hunt. Explore the wonderful shops and restaurants located around the 5‐acre fountain as you
break the codes and take pictures of the signs that answer 10 strategically asked questions.
Open Invitation for those who have arrived – Join us for the evening!
4:00pm: Board motorcoach and depart hotel
5:00pm‐7:00pm: Guided tour and reception at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
This new museum tells the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Exciting new indoor galleries feature
period artifacts, immersive environments, interactive exhibits, and films. There are also new outdoor living –history areas, where visitors can explore a Revolution‐era farm, witness
artillery demonstrations, and experience a re‐created Continental Army encampment.
7:00pm: Return back to Newport News Marriott at City Center for dinner on your own.
Many restaurants are within comfortable walking distance of the hotel.
Tuesday, March 20th
SEMINAR PROGRAMMING: PART I
7:00am‐8:00am: Continental Breakfast – Sponsored by NNT
8:00 am: Welcome & Greetings
Increasing Visitation Through Partnerships
Brittany Gray, Director of the Georgia Information Centers Program
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Visitor Center Partnerships and Their Impact on Visitation
Chris Cannon, Executive Director, Friends of Southwest Virginia
11:30 am: Meet outside the Marriott at the LOVE NN artwork for a group picture.
12:00 pm: Board motorcoaches for lunch and the start of the Newport News FAM (Sponsored by NNT)
Tuesday, March 20th
NEWPORT NEWS FAM
12:20: Arrive at the Mariners’ Museum for tour and lunch
Designated by Congress as “America’s National Maritime Museum”, the Mariners’ Museum offers a captivating look at centuries of seafaring adventure and connects visitors to the world’s waters! At the Virginia Living Museum, just one visit will bring you in contact with more habitats, wildlife, and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia! Walk through the woods to see the museum’s new “Dinosaur Discovery Trail”, where you’ll find dinosaur replicas from the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras.
2:30pm: Board motorcoaches
3:00pm: Arrive at Newport News Visitor Center for dessert
3:30pm: Depart for tour of Newport News Park – Including Discovery Center and Civil War Overview of Battle of Dam #1 overview.
3:00pm: Arrive at Newport News Park for tour – Including Discovery Center and Civil War Overview of Battle of Dam #1 overview.
3:30pm: Arrive at Newport News Visitor Center for dessert
4:00 pm: Board motorcoaches to depart for The Virginia Living Museum
4:30pm: Arrive and tour The Virginia Living Museum
At the Virginia Living Museum, just one visit will bring you in contact with more habitats, wildlife, and plant species than would be encountered in a lifetime of outdoor adventures in Virginia! Walk through the woods to see the museum’s new “Dinosaur Discovery Trail”, where you’ll find dinosaur replicas from the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras.
6:00pm: Board motorcoaches for dinner
6:15pm: Arrive at Traditions Brewing Company for dinner by Smoke BBQ Restaurant and Bar – Sponsored by NNT and NNHA
Welcome to the city’s first craft brewery, which opened in June 2016. Patrons can observe the brewing process on tours or while seated in the first‐floor tasting room. Because each of the partners of the brewery is from Newport News, they decided to name their startup “tradition” to pay tribute to the fond memories and rich history of the region.
7:15pm‐9:00pm: Enjoy yourself! When you are ready to leave, a shuttle service will be available every 30 minutes to return you to the Newport News Marriot.
Wednesday, March 21st
SEMINAR PROGRAMMING: PART II
7:30am‐8:30am: Continental Breakfast – Sponsored by NNT
8:00 am: Welcome & Greetings
Partnerships to Boost Your Visitation
Cheryl Morales, Marketing Manager, Newport News Tourism – Toast the Coast, Beer, Wine & Shine Trail
Bruce L. Newton, Group Sales Manager, Hampton Convention & Visitors Bureau – Hi-Lite Hampton Roads – AAA Program
What’s New to LOVE in VA?
VTC Public Relations Team
Group Activity –> New in VA?
VTC Welcome Center Staff
10:30am: Break (Sponsored by Newport News Marriott)
Customer Service at its BEST!
Keely Humphries, Training Coordinator, Newport News Waterworks
12:00pm: Lunch – Sponsored by VTC
1:15pm: VTC Presentations
- 2017 Trailblazer Award
- Spotlights and presentation of Certificates for new CTICs
2:00-2:30pm: Closing remarks & Adjourn
* Final schedule may vary. Please contact Val Guffy email@example.com with any questions.