November Sports Business

When the weather cools down sports business heats up in Virginia Beach. The VB Sports team is wrapping up an incredibly busy month of sports tourism activity…..10 events in one month!

Shout out to Kenneth Payne, Dani Timm, Bill Kelly and Megan Valentine for ensuring that sports tourism in Virginia Beach is a success. Also, special thanks to our partners at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and venues throughout the City for delivering the highest level of service and leaving our customers with anticipation and excitement about the possibility of hosting repeat events in Virginia Beach!


Account Name Lead Name Meeting Dates (Preferred Start) Meeting Dates (Preferred End) Requested Rooms Out of Town Attendees Total Attendees Venue
Special Olympics of Virginia 2017 Special Olympics VA Fall Championships 11/3/2017 11/5/2017 685 1424 3599 PAAC
Triple Crown Sports 2017 Virginia Beach Softball Showcase 11/3/2017 11/5/2017 345 200 400 PAAC
Virginia Beach Mustangs, Inc. 2017 Beach Bowl 11/4/2017 11/4/2017 125 450 1150 PAAC
United States Collegiate Athletic Association 2017 USCAA Fall Championship Week 11/9/2017 11/13/2017 1675 2150 2150 PAAC, Fieldhouse, SportsPlex
Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club 2017 USTA/MAS Challenger 11/10/2017 11/13/2017 160 178 184 VB Tennis Center
V3 Lacrosse LLC (coastal sports management) 2017 Beach Turkey Shoot 11/18/2017 11/19/2017 1200 2160 2700 PAAC
National Field Hockey League 2017 National Field Hockey League Fall Championship 11/18/2017 11/19/2017 250 550 650 Field Hockey Training Center
Legendary Softball 2017 Mid-Atlantic Player Camp 11/18/2017 11/19/2017 300 318 425 PAAC
Bishop Sullivan Catholic H.S. Bishop Sullivan Football Series Game 6 11/18/2017 11/18/2017 200 1675 4150 Bishop Sullivan High School
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. 2017 Pop Warner Mid-South Regional Championship 11/24/2017 11/25/2017 1632 4230 4700 PAAC & VBCC
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City Employees Support Local Diversity & Inclusion Conference

Deputy City Manager Ken Chandler joined CVB Marketing Communication Vice President Tiffany Russell, APR, and CVB Community Outreach and Relationship Development representative Teresa Diaz, APR, recently at the 4th Annual Eastern Virginia Diversity & Inclusion Conference. Held at the Convention Center, this professional development conference offered a choice of five workshop tracks, a panel discussion by workshop leaders and an invigorating keynote address by Gloria Goins, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Bon Secours Health Systems. Many city employees took advantage of this opportunity to learn best practices, trends and challenges in ensuring workplaces are diverse and inclusive for all.


Distinctive Gourmet lead the charge with their outstanding food, beverage and usual stellar service and The Whitlock Group kept the workshop equipment and presenters on point despite a wide range of multiple meeting rooms and needs. DCM Chandler presented on the subject of diversifying the leadership pipeline. Teresa led and moderated the panel discussion and Tiffany was a presenter during the “Women in Leadership: Public & Private Sectors” workshop.  Congrats to all involved for a job well done.

Convention & Visitors Bureau Hosts 2017 State of Tourism Luncheon

More than 210 city, community, corporate and hospitality industry leaders convened in the Convention Center on Wednesday, Nov. 8 to hear CVB Director Brad Van Dommelen’s presentation on the state of the travel and tourism industry.

To kick off the luncheon, Mayor Sessoms spoke of exciting times in store for Virginia Beach. Director Van Dommelen paid special tribute to Ruth Smith for her service to the city since 1978 and wished her well in her retirement.

One of the city’s strongest economic drivers, the travel and tourism industry is very much alive and well. According to U.S. Travel Association, a record 1.49 billion in direct travel-related expenditures were generated in Virginia Beach during the 2016 calendar year.

Other data highlights from the presentation include:

*Annual visitation to Virginia Beach grew to 15.2 million

*More than 13,600 jobs in Virginia Beach were directly supported by the hospitality industry

*Convention Center attendance surpassed 622,000 guests

The CVB staff would like to thank our partners for their contribution to the event’s success, including the staff at Distinctive Gourmet who provided excellent service and an outstanding meal, the VBPD for their impressive color guard ceremony and Chaplain Don Hipple for his insightful benediction before the meal.

The support of City Council, department directors and city staff is always appreciated at this event and this year, record numbers of all were in attendance. Thank you to all for your continued support.


NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

The VB CVB was honored to witness the former VB CVB VP of Marketing and Sales, Mr. Al Hutchinson, wow the audience as the keynote speaker during the annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, November 5, 2017!