Registration Now Open for 2018 Travel & Tourism Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

​Registration is open for the 2018 Virginia Beach Travel & Tourism Awards luncheon to be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on May 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in conjunction with U.S. Travel Association's National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) national promotion.

Tourism is big business. In Virginia Beach, the economic impact of tourism is undeniable: $1.49 billion in direct travel-related expenditures, $132.1 million in state and local tax revenue, and $278 million in salaries¹. Those salaries are earned by a workforce of dedicated hospitality professionals who host millions of visitors each year.

Established by a congressional resolution in 1983, NTTW is dedicated to highlighting the power of travel by recognizing the millions of people nationwide who help keep the hospitality industry going strong. This year's theme is "Travel Then and Now" and will shine a spotlight on the people – on the frontlines and behind the scenes – who are the driving force of the hospitality industry. In Virginia Beach, the spotlight will focus on the "best of the best" of our diverse hospitality workforce during the awards luncheon, where winners of more than 30 individual hospitality industry awards will be announced. 

Registration is available online through April 25 at Tickets are $15 dollars each. Tickets will not be available day of event.

For registration assistance, please contact Brande Rumpf at (757) 385-6624 or

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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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¹ Source: U.S. Travel Association