Events Calendar

Check out the events calendar and make sure to attend these face to face events. 

Upcoming events

    • 01 Jan 2017
    • 12:00 AM
    • 31 Dec 2017
    • 11:59 PM
    • on-line certification program

    VDP - Virginia Destination Professional                                      Certification

    Program Registration

    The VACVB VDP certification is a unique Virginia-centric DMO individual professional certification. Using activities and events you have participated in since January 1, 2015 and forward, you may register for this certification program. There are two components to this certification program, a knowledge component and an experiential component, which must be completed to earn the VDP certification

    Activities counting towards the certification requirements must have occurred within the past two years.  Renewal of your certification must be done two years after it is achieved  to maintain your credentials. Before you submit materials, please register for the program.  Your registration fee does not expire, but when you achieve the VDP all activities must be within the two year window.

    For example, all candidates who achieve their VDP in 2017 must have all required activities completed since January 1, 2015.

    A link to the submission portal will be provided in your receipt. If you have any questions, please contact VACVB at 540-904-4710.

    Full program specifics are available here.
    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 05 Jan 2018
    • Charlotte, NC

    2018 AAA Sales Blitz during ABA - Charlotte


    Join VADMO on a Sales Blitz to AAA Offices coinciding with the ABA conference January 26-30, 2018 in Charlotte, NC.  We will be doing something a bit different this year; in addition to 8 calls and a presentation at AAA Headquarters in Charlotte, stops will be made in Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro on the way.  Combined, we will double our numbers and have Virginia DMO information in 18 AAA offices!

    On the 29th of January, two teams led by Carol Torricelli of VTC and Bruce Newton of the Hampton CVB will begin the morning at the AAA Carolinas headquarters building, making a joint presentation to the Auto Travel Production and Internet Travel Sales team at 9:00am.  After the presentation the two teams will depart AAA HQs and each will visit four Charlotte metro locations, for a total of nine visits in the Charlotte area.  The teams will depart the Convention Center at 8 am and return to the Convention Center around lunchtime.

    In addition to the calls made on Monday, Bruce Newton and several other VADMO members will be driving to Charlotte and will be taking DMO binders and bags to AAA Carolinas offices in Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro on Thursday, January 25th.  (There is room for one additional DMO if you would like to ride in the van to Charlotte!  Please contact Bruce for availability.) 


    The "Travel-Blitz" will depart on January 25th with an overnight in Greensboro.  The Charlotte Blitz will occur on Monday, January 29, 2018, leaving the Charlotte Convention Center at 8am.


    Cost to participate will be $100.00 and you will need to provide 20 profile sheets in plastic protective sleeves, 20 visitor guides and a minimum of 20 gifts/trinkets.  If you will only be sending materials then the cost is $125.00.  If you are adding any additional profile sheets, the cost is $80.00 per additional sheet.

    Please register using the registration links to the left.


    • Participants will be responsible for shipping the necessary materials to Bruce Newton in Hampton, Virginia to arrive no later than January 5, 2018. 
    • Each DMO will need to send 20 of their destination profile sheets in a 3-hole punched plastic sheet protector along with 20 Visitor Guide booklets, also to be included in the binder.  (Holders for the guides will be provided.)
    • NOTE: If your 2018 Visitor Guide is not printed, send copies of 2017 along with a reorder form.
    • Each DMO will also need to provide 20 gift items to include in the bags.  Consider small items like pens, hi-liters, cell phone pockets or other similar sized items.  (No large water bottles, please).  Send as many items as you would like to share in each of the bags.
    • VTC will be providing Virginia is for Lovers bags and peanuts for the calls.  Binders will be pre-stuffed in Hampton. 
    • All DMOs will need to send their materials in advance to: Bruce Newton at Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau, 1919 Commerce Drive -Suite 290, Hampton, VA  23666.  please have materials arrive by January 5, 2018.

    What will the AAA Offices receive?

    • Each AAA office will receive a Resource Binder with profile sheets for each participating DMO, Attraction or Business and Visitor Guides. Teams will review each binder page-by-page with the appropriate AAA staff.
    • Each AAA office will receive one or two (depending on staff size) goody bags containing items supplied by participating organizations to be shared with the staff in each office.

    What will participating DMOs, Attractions & Businesses get?

    • All participants will have their materials included in each Resource Binder, a copy of which will be left in each office that we visit.  Teams will review each page of the Resource Binder with the AAA staff member(s) with whom they meet….not simply their own page.
    • All participants will get a report on the visits by each team so that they may follow-up on any leads.

    If you have any questions, please contact Sue Wiles (VADMO office) at 540-904-4710 or email

    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 14 Nov 2017
    • Hilton Norfolk The Main, 100 E Main St, Norfolk, VA 23510

    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.

    Program | Sponsor or Exhibit | Register |VADMO Reception

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