Virginia Beach will host the first Virginia Green Conference & Green Travel Star Awards Celebration Dec. 3-4 at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. Alisa Bailey, former president of the Virginia Tourism Corporation and current director of tourism for Charleston, W.Va., will deliver a keynote address. Virginia Green Coordinator Tom Griffin will present “The State of Virginia Green” report, and a regional tourism panel featuring James Ricketts, director of the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), will discuss the importance of branding green tourism to consumers at the regional and local level.
The Virginia Beach CVB has been a trailblazer for green tourism and won numerous awards for its green practices and initiatives. Virginia Beach is ranked one of the “Top 10 Greenest Places to Retire” by U.S. News and World Report. As the first city in the Commonwealth to achieve the “Virginia Green Destination” status, Virginia Beach is home to the first Convention Center designated Virginia Green, one of the first Virginia Green-designated Visitor Information Centers and more than 150 Virginia Green businesses, including restaurants, attractions and lodging facilities. The Shamrock Marathon was the first Virginia Green event. Given this commitment to green tourism, Virginia Beach is a perfect fit for the Virginia Green Conference.
This two-day event will include educational workshops, dynamic speakers, a Virginia Green Market Expo, an opening reception, an awards luncheon and a volunteer clean-up project. Technical workshops will be offered in areas such as composting, energy efficiency, marketing and branding, green conferences and festivals, green suppliers and products, and more. The 2013 Virginia Green Travel Star Awards will be presented at a luncheon on Dec. 4 to 14 Virginia Green partners from around the state. Seven additional partners will be recognized as Virginia Green Travel Leaders for their efforts.
WHO: Virginia Green is run in partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (VHTA) and the Virginia Beach CVB.
WHAT: The First Annual Virginia Green Conference & Green Travel Star Awards Celebration, two days of education and networking focused on green practices for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. This is a ticketed event and space is limited.
Register at http://vhta.org/cde.cfm?event=417034
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Wednesday, Dec. 4
WHERE: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, 717 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451. For directions to the conference, click here
The Virginia Green program was created in 2006 through a partnership with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. The program seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of the tourism industry and raise environmental awareness within the industry and with consumers. Today, there are more than 1,400 Virginia Green certified partners statewide and Virginia now considers itself a “Green Travel Destination.”
The media are invited and encouraged to attend. Contact Tom Griffin, Virginia Green Program Coordinator, at 804.986.9119 or at VirginiaGreen@Virginia.org to schedule interviews or request more information.
Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.visitvirginiabeach.com)
Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life” in this coastal cosmopolitan destination. Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food, downtown sophistication, and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience unlike any other on the East Coast. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild year-round weather give rise to an active lifestyle and flourishing local culture. The Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia’s most populous city. For media information and images, visit www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com/pressroom. Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at twitter.com/vabeachcvb, Facebook at www.facebook.com/VirginiaBeachVA and Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/visitvabeach.