VDP Certification Program
The Virginia Destination Professional (VDP) certification program is a Virginia-centric, DMO professional, individual certification that provides opportunities for CVB staff to both invest in their development as well as be recognized by their community and peers.
Enter now for the 2015 Virgo Awards!
This year the Awards Committee has streamlined the Virgo Award categories. Some categories have been eliminated and others have been combined and renamed.
The Niche Tourism category is newly created and includes: Eco/Adventure; Culture/Heritage; Photographic; Religious; and Special Interest categories . Also combined are the Visitor Center and Visitor Center Manager of the Year. The Rising Star and PR Initiative categories have been eliminated.
A sneak peak at part of the Spring Meeting program...
Click on the picture (right) to get a taste of the upcoming Spring Quarterly Meeting Program. Hands on Eco-Tourism awaits your investigation! April 29-30, 2015 at The Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center. Save the Date! Registration opening soon.
Members “Pigged Out” on valuable (and entertaining) sessions at the Winter Quarterly Meeting in Smithfield Virginia
Kudos to Judy Winslow and her crew for putting together a fabulous program in a warm and welcome environment! Smithfield Station was the site for two days of informative and cutting edge programs…with an underlying homage to pigs, Smithfield pigs in particular.
Our Thursday highlight was a panel formed by Anthony DiFilippo of VisitNorfolk, Bob Harris of Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance, Susan Long of Norfolk Airport authority and Jim Ricketts of the Virginia Beach CVB that discussed the Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance (CVTA). They shared how their regional partnership works, why it works and pigged out on puns while doing so. A tour of Downtown Smithfield and a lavish reception at the Wharf Hill Brewing Company capped off the day.
Friday found even more pig references when Will Brunt of Smithfield-Farmland talked about “Marketing, Branding and How to Always Come Up Smelling Like a Rose Instead of a Pig”. He shared valuable advice garnered from his years in the field. “Get out in front” and “Be transparent” were two main themes he emphasized as he discussed how Smithfield handled situations like the Food, Inc. movie release and the recent publicity tornado, Chef Paula Deen. Will’s presentation was preceded by another panel discussion focusing on Driving Tourism Through Special Events. Theresa Earles of Suffolk Tourism, Gina Ippolito of Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest (et al), and Terry Rhinier of Smithfield Isle of Wight CVB, dazzled the audience with how much they were able to accomplish with limited budgets, how these events benefit the community economically and how they make it all work. Friday finished with lunch and member sharing.
Thanks to all of our speakers and organizers for a “pig”-tastic program!
And as they say... “That’s all folks!”
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The 2014 VIRGO Awards, were given at VACVB's annual award meeting, on April 14, 2014. There were a good number of nominations submitted for consideration last year. The awards are determined based on the quality of the submission, economic efficiency, quality, and the economic or community impact. The winners of the 2014 VIRGO Awards for their respective categories are listed below. Our continued thanks to Tubby Kubick from Chocklett Press for helping us find judges each year. (read the full press release)
2014 Virgo Award Winners