Virginia Beach Celebrates the Travel Effect – Friday, May 10

Convention and Visitors Bureau brings travel supporters together to shine a spotlight on the effect travel has on Virginia Beach

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Who:              Travel industry workers representing key businesses in Virginia Beach’s hospitality community will join:

·         Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr.

·         City Manager James K. Spore

·         Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau Director James B. Ricketts

·         U.S. Travel Association Representative Malcolm Smith

·         Approximately 500 local travel industry representatives


What            National Travel & Tourism Week Awards Celebration will celebrate the “best of the best” front-line employees. More than 38 individual awards will be presented to front-line employees who go above and beyond to make Virginia Beach a place visitors look forward to visiting year after year. This year marks Virginia Beach’s 50th anniversary and the tourism industry has been a vital part of the city’s success. The celebration will kick off with a festive rally to celebrate the evolution of Virginia Beach’s travel and tourism industry and raise awareness of the impact of travel on Virginia Beach and America.


When:            Friday, May 10, at 11 a.m.

Where:           Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street


Why: Travel Week celebrations are one of many activities of National Travel and Tourism Week, May 4 to 12.  Travel and tourism is one of America’s largest employers, among the top 10 in 48 states and the District of Columbia. In Virginia Beach, 11,760 workers are employed by travel and tourism. Visitor spending contributes $1.22 billion to our local economy.


The local travel and tourism workforce and its supporters are ready to show the value that travel and tourism brings to Virginia Beach.


For more information or to register, visit


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