Virginia Beach CVB Kicks Off 2014 with Free Forum Giving a Sneak Peek at Travel Trends & Annual Outlook

Victoria Isley, Executive VP/COO of Destination Marketing Association International, to Deliver Keynote Address; Register Now for the Jan. 31 Forum

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Virginia Beach, Va. (January 15, 2014) – The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will kick off 2014 with a free forum offering engaging discussions regarding local and national travel trends, and what we can expect of the CVB in the coming year. Each CVB division will give a recap of 2013, and share ways in which industry partners can collaborate with the CVB in 2014. The keynote speaker will be Victoria Isley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer for Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the global trade association for official destination marketing organizations (DMOs). DMAI's membership includes over 600 official DMOs in over 15 countries that command more than $2 billion in annual budgets.


WHAT:​ Free forum: A Sneak Peek at Travel Trends and the Annual Outlook for Virginia Beach CVB

Keynote Speaker: Victoria Isley, Executive VP/COO of DMAI.  Additional presenters include:

  • James B. Ricketts, Director, Virginia Beach CVB

  • Chuck Applebach, Vice-President of Marketing & Research, Virginia Beach CVB

  • Ron Kuhlman, Vice-President of Tourism Marketing & Sales, Virginia Beach CVB

  • Al Hutchinson, Vice-President Convention Sales & Marketing, Virginia Beach CVB

  • Nancy Helman, Director of Sports Marketing, Virginia Beach CVB

  • Robert Ruhl, Business Development Representative, Virginia Beach CVB ​

WHEN:​ Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.​
WHERE:​ Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, Va.; Suite 1​
REGISTER:​ This free event is open to travel, tourism, sports, hospitality, and retail businesses and organizations. Advance registration is suggested:  Media is encouraged 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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