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. 

Upcoming events

27 Apr 2015 • Milwaukee, WI
29 Apr 2015 9:00 AM • The Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center, South Boston, Virginia
07 Jun 2015 • Oklahoma City, OK
06 Aug 2015 9:00 AM • Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, Staunton, Virginia

Spring Meeting and Virgo Awards Registration - NOW OPEN

Join your colleagues at the Beautiful Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center in South Boston, Virginia on April 29-30 for a unique agritourism adventure, a presentation on branding by David Mikula, the Virgo Awards, an optional Farm to Fork Dinner, and lots more!  This promises to be an event you won't want to miss!!

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.

Some Highlights:
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.  

You can Click Here for the 2015 informational flyer that outlines all of the categories and other award details.  And then click here to enter.

The 2015 Virgo Awards Luncheon and Showcase will be on April 30th at the Berry Hill Resort and Conference Center in South Boston, Virginia. Hope to see you there!

A sneak peek 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!”


The Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus 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 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



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

  • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget UNDER $1 million: Combination: Abingdon CVB for “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon”
  • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget UNDER $1 million: Online & eMarketing: Staunton CVB for their Online & E-Marketing Campaign
  • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget OVER $1 million: Combination: Visit Fairfax: Historical Figures Campaign
  • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget OVER $1 million: BROADCAST: Charlottesville Albemarle CVB - CACVB Videos & Radio Commercials
  • Advertising & Promotions - DMO Budget OVER $1 million: INTERACTIVE: for Discover Prince William & Manassas Launches DiscoverPWM.com
  • Heritage Tourism: Halifax County Department of Tourism: Halifax County Herritage and Antique Machinery Festival
  • Public Relations Initiative: Visit Fairfax: Ambassador Program
  • Regional Marketing Initiative: Virginia By Rail campaign – Visit Norfolk, Richmond Region Tourism, Discover Prince William & Manassas, and Fredericksburg Area Tourism
  • Visitor Center of the Year: Halifax County Tourism Department for their amazing new visitor center!
  • Sales Manager/Team of the Year: Virginia Beach CVB for Virginia Beach’s Sports Marketing Campaign
  • Visitor Center Manager of the Year: Kevin Sary of Suffolk Division of Tourism
  • DMO Rising Star: Tracy Kellum, Charlottesville Albemarle CVB
  • Peer Selected “Best in Show”: Staunton CVB for their Online & E-Marketing Campaign


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