Information for Virginia Tourism Industry Partners.
Virginia Travel Post for February
News and Opportunities for the Virginia Travel Industry
New Air India Nonstop Service to Dulles
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Air India will launch nonstop service between Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). The newly announced air route, which will offer three nonstop, roundtrip flights per week, is estimated to bring in an additional 30,000 tourist and business travelers and $30 million in total economic impact annually to the National Capital Region (Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland).
Add your spring events, festivals, packages and deals to Virginia.org to be featured in the numerous blogs and articles we will be highlighting. Don’t forget about St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break, outdoor activities etc. See our content calendar for 2017. Log into the Admin Tool to get started. Email Robin Mamunes at [email protected] for assistance.
Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program Applications are now open
Deadline is February 15, 2017 by 5:00 PM
The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission (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 Virginia World War I and World War II Tourism Marketing Program – administered by VTC – is to assist Virginia communities and related World War I and World War II sites to market commemorative events, locations, and destinations.
You’re invited to attend the 2017 Visitor Centers Seminar in Fredericksburg, March 23-24 at the Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District. Registration is now open! Register before February 18 in order to receive the early bird rate of $60.00. After February 17 the rate is $75.00. Also, our exclusive Hotel room rate is now available and reservations can be made here.
2017 Welcome Center/Safety Rest Area Marketing Program
Enrollment for 2017 Welcome Center and Rest Area marketing programs is now open! If you’d like to reach 33-Million travelers, enroll today! Click below for more information and online enrollment forms.
The LOVE has been traveling around the state creating excitement wherever it goes! Get your requests in now for 2017 to have the LOVE artwork come to your locality or tourism destination. Just submit our LOVEwork application. It’s that easy. For questions, contact Marie Henderson – (804) 545-5520.
Volunteers needed! Washington, DC is hosting U. S. Travel Association’s IPW. This is the industry’s premier international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S. Please click here for more information and to register: https://ipw2017volunteers.my-trs.com/
Calling all film lovers! Virginia Tourism and the Virginia Film Office have partnered together to launch an online short film contest! The contest opens on December 3rd and will be accepting submissions until May 29th 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.
Register for the 4th Annual Virginia Green Travel Conference!
The 4th annual conference is on February 16-17, 2017 in Charlottesville at the UVA Darden School Conference Center. If you are Virginia Green Travel certified, this is your conference and you and your staff need to be there to learn about lots of new changes and opportunities in the Virginia Green Travel program! And we’ll be recognizing 41 green tourism partners in 16 categories at the VG Travel Star Awards.
Join us for a one-and-a-half-day interactive session in Richmond where you will you learn about 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. 2017 Orientation Dates: Feb. 22-23; June 7-8; Sept. 27-28; Nov. 28-29.
2017 Virginia Agritourism Conference: Agritourism in Virginia’s New Economy
Tuesday – Thursday April 18– 20, 2017 Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, Richmond, Virginia Three days filled with fresh ideas on a variety of hot topics!
Explore multiple agritourism tools including social media, event planning, labor regulations, legal issues, financial resources, marketing strategies, and agritourism’s best practices!
Visit three farms and personally discover agritourism successes and challenges. Spend the last day with Jon Schallert who specializes in teaching all types of businesses and communities how to turn themselves into highly desired Consumer Destinations.
More information contact Martha A. Walker, [email protected] or call 434-766-6761
~The Omni Homestead Resort, April 2-4, 2017~ Join the Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus and tourism professional from across Virginia for educational workshops and networking. The VACVB Virgo Awards will also be announced during this dynamic event.
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