VACVB 2017 Tourism Symposium a Huge Success!

Over 90 members and friends joined the VACVB at the historic Homestead Resort April 2-4, 2017. The new Travel Symposium was well received and the launch of our new name - VADMO - the Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations was made. 

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.

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2016 Virgo Awards Presented!

The 2016 Virgo Travel and Tourism Awards were presented at the Tourism Symposium held at the Omni Homestead Resort on April 03, 2017.  The competition was judged by a panel of three out-of-state peers who made their determinations based on the quality of the submission, economic efficiency, and the economic or community impact.  Once again, Tubby Kubick of Chocklett Press helped us find outstanding judges who turned in results reflecting the high quality of submissions and a very close competition.  

The 2016 competition used the new categories debuted in 2015 which were designed to more accurately reflect the type of cutting edge promotional campaigns being waged state-wide. All entries were to occur or to have been completed between January 1, 2015 to July 2016. These awards pay tribute to individuals, groups, businesses and destination marketing organizations that have significantly contributed to the Commonwealth of Virginia's economy through tourism promotion and development.  The winners of the 2016 VIRGO Awards for their respective categories are listed below:

    • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget UNDER $1 million: Combination
      Smithfield & Isle of Wight, "Smithfield Rocks" 

    • Advertising & Promotions – DMO Budget OVER $1million: Combination
      Visit Norfolk, "Dynamic. Distinct. Diverse. Campaign"

    • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget OVER $1 million: Interactive
      Visit Fairfax, "Storytellers Video Series"

    • Advertising & Promotions – DMO Budget OVER $1 million: Online and eMarketing: Visit Fairfax, "Visit Fairfax Online Marketing Campaign"

    • Destination Event of the Year: Visit Fairfax, "2015 World Police & Fire Games"

    • Niche Tourism - Eco/Adventure: Alleghany Highlands, "Over the Water"

    • Niche Tourism - Culture/Heritage: Alleghany Highlands, "Downtowns of Alleghany Highlands"

    • Niche Tourism - Arts and Music: Newport News, "Art & Sculpture Tour: Expressions of Creativity"

    • Niche Tourism - Special Interest/Other: Spotsylvania County, "2016 Courthouse Village Food Truck Rodeo"

    • Regional Marketing Initiative:  GART (Greater Augusta Regional Tourism), "Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail"

    • Visitor Center Manager of the Year: Barbara Gullickson - Norfolk

    • Sales Manager of the Year: Mike Stoupa, Discover Prince William & Manassas

    • Peer Selected “Best in Show”: GART (Greater Augusta Regional Tourism), "Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail"


The Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations invites members, prospective members, allied members and the public, to use this site as a resource and to learn more about our association.

Our Mission: To offer our members advocacy, networking and professional development opportunities for the purpose of member destination success.  

Please use the easy navigation links located on the top bar, to find areas of special interest:

  • For DMO Members, there is a "Members Only" section.
  • For prospective members the "Membership" section is a good place to start.
  • For Allied members, the "Members" list under "Membership" will prove useful.


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