VA-1 Tourism Summit & VADMO Reception

With all the change happening in tourism and Virginia, the 2017 VA-1 Tourism Summit will provide attendees with meaningful and insightful content on Charting Change and growing tourism. From Increasing Investment and Marketing Funds to Understanding the Sharing Economy and Building Creative Communities.

VADMO Celebrate Tourism Networking Event

Sunday, November 12, 6:30-9:30 PM

Join VADMO and industry peers on Sunday evening starting at 6:30 for a not to be missed tourism networking event. Meet your counterparts from around the state, mingle with speakers, and enjoy a great spread of food at Waterside District’s new Harbor Club—just a 1/2 block from The Main. This is sure to be an amazing event with a great opportunity to discuss the growing tourism market and celebrate Virginia tourism with the industry.

 Includes excellent networking opportunities, drinks, food, and more.  TROP ROCK by Robbie Meade with special guest Dave Kreiselman will perform during the reception.  

For more information about these events, choose from the links below.

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Champagne, Collaboration
& Cake

This past July, attendees of the 2017 VADMO Summer Quarterly Meeting experienced a taste of life in Northern Virginia. The great location of Westin Tysons Corner and personal connections of VADMO members, provided attendees exclusive access to views rarely seen by even the hipest local socialites. Several attendees enjoyed sipping champagne on the rooftop deck of the Tysons Tower building while ending their night with a bit of Brazilian flair at a nearby restaurant called Fogo de Chao. But the most memorable experiences were yet to come.

Because of our wonderful panel of speakers who shared invaluable resources and insights, an atmosphere of productive collaboration emerged. 

As a benefit to those who could not attend, several meeting speakers have provided us with various resources that will soon be available to VADMO members on our website. 

The meeting unexpectedly concluded with a delicious VADMO branded cake! Despite the stormy ride home, we hope that everyone enjoyed this event.

2016 Virgo Awards 

Please view our latest press release celebrating a successful 2016 Virgo Awards presented during the 2017 Tourism Symposium at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. 

Award Winners

    • 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:  "Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail"
      • Staunton Tourism
      • Augusta County Economic Development & Tourism
      • Waynesboro Economic Development & Tourism
      • Harrisonburg Tourism
      • Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism

    • 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”:  "Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail"
      • Staunton Tourism
      • Augusta County Economic Development & Tourism
      • Waynesboro Economic Development & Tourism
      • Harrisonburg Tourism
      • Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism

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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