Virginia Beach CVB’s 2014 State of Tourism Industry Event Features Governor McAuliffe as Keynote Speaker

CVB is celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week with 2 events: 25th Annual Awards breakfast honoring frontline hospitality professionals and State of Tourism luncheon

Monday, April 28, 2014

Virginia Beach, Va. (April 28, 2014) – The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is hosting two events during National Travel and Tourism Week in May to celebrate the tourism industry, which is the second largest revenue generator for the City of Virginia Beach. On Monday, May 5th, Governor Terry McAuliffe is the featured keynote speaker during the Virginia Beach CVB’s State of the Tourism Industry luncheon. On Tuesday, May 6th, the CVB will host the 25th Annual National Travel & Tourism Awards breakfast to honor outstanding frontline hospitality professionals who deliver exceptional customer service to visitors every day. 


National Travel & Tourism Week is celebrated May 3-11 this year, uniting cities, states and travel businesses across the country to champion the power of travel. Tourism revenue for Virginia Beach reached $1.28 billion in 2012 and generates more than 12,000 jobs. Virginia Beach drives more leisure travel visitation than any other city in Virginia. Tourism spurs growth, builds a strong tax base and creates jobs that cannot be outsourced.


WHAT:           Virginia Beach CVB’s State of the Tourism Industry Luncheon


WHO:             Governor Terry McAuliffe as keynote speaker and CVB Director James B. Ricketts


WHEN:           Monday, May 5, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


WHERE:        Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 3501 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, Va. 23451


REGISTER:   Preregistration is required by April 30th. For ticket information, contact Anna Alfaro at Media is welcome to attend.



WHAT:           25th Annual National Travel & Tourism Week Hospitality Awards


WHO:             Frontline hospitality professionals nominated for awards


WHEN:           Tuesday, May 6, 2014 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.


WHERE:         Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach, Va.


REGISTER:    This event is by invitation only. Media is welcome to attend.



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Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay meet, Virginia Beach promises visitors a unique chance to “Live the Life.” Nature at its finest, just-caught and just-picked local food, and toes-in-the-sand relaxation combine for a soul-satisfying experience. A world-renowned boardwalk, energetic downtown, state-of-the-art Convention Center, abundant parks and waterways, and mild 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 Follow Virginia Beach on Twitter at, Instagram at, Facebook at and Pinterest at


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