As part of National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30, the Virginia Beach CVB is encouraging residents of our coastal region to decompress, destress and take some time off this year by planning a vacation now.
Research by U.S.Travel Association shows that every year more than half of Americans (54 percent) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days. In Virginia, the number is higher, with 59 percent of employees leaving 16,039, 278 days unused. Those unused vacation days mean less revenue flowing through Virginia’s economy and missed opportunities of more than $2.86 billion in untapped economic benefit.
The most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans.
To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, Project: Time Off created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers.
Location: East Parking Lot, Virginia Aquarium, 717 General Booth Blvd.
Cost: Free to the public (donations welcome!)
Contact: Virginia Aquarium
Phone: (757) 385-FISH (3474)
*Note that cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions cannot be accepted.*
Acceptable personal electronic recyclable items include:
- Personal computers and laptops
- Telephones, cell phones and PDA’s
- Circuit boards and components
- Monitors and flat screens
- Fax Machines
- Stereo equipment and game systems
- Regular recycling materials such as newspapers, bottles and cans will also be accepted
- Acceptable Household Hazardous Waste items include:
- Up to five gallons of liquids or up to 75 pounds of dry materials
- Aerosol spray cans
- Automotive fluids
- Batteries: Alkaline (AA, AAA, C, D), Boat, Car, Camera, Cell phone, Hearing aid, Lead acid, Lithium, Rechargeable, Trucks
- Household cleaners
- Gasoline (up to 5 gallons)
- Pool Chemicals
- Light bulbs – small quantities of CFLs or fluorescent tubes
- Oil and water based paint
- Propane tanks (small – up to 20 lb. capacity)
- For further tips visit www.VBgov.com/landfill
The Virginia Beach CVB is gearing up for the launch of its warm weather leisure tourism advertising campaign and “Canada Weeks” for international travelers, scheduled to start early February. Leisure media placements include broadcast/cable/digital TV, social media and brand partnerships with USA Today, Thrillist, iExplore, Blue Ridge Outdoors, NBC Sports World of Fishing and Buzzfeed. Seventeen markets are targeted for messaging including major cities such as New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, OH, and Quebec.
While scores of city staff from across the organization were readying for Winter Storm Grayson, a team from the CVB were in the final stages of preparing for the Convention Center’s first major public event of the new year. Following successful events in 2012 and 2014, the organizers of USA Fencing’s North American Cup (NAC) chose to return to our coastal city for their 2018 event. The NAC is a competition during which athletes have the opportunity to advance and compete in world championships and vie for Olympic team placement in the sport of fencing. More than 1,800 athletes from across the country and around the world registered to compete in Virginia Beach in a number of divisions and levels of play.
As winter storm warnings began to circulate on Tuesday, Jan. 3, CVB staff schedules and roles were adjusted to ensure plans were in place to cover equipment load-in and set up on Wednesday and Thursday, and adequate customer service support was available from Friday to Monday.
From sheltering in place at the Center and nearby locations, to pitching in with walkway clearing and answering questions at help desks, the team pulled together and despite an adjustment to the event start time to allow for flight delays, the tournament was in full swing by Friday afternoon. Motor coach shuttles, provided by the CVB, transported athletes between the Convention Center and the 13 hotels providing accommodations. Between the athletes, coaching staff and other participants approximately 2,700 room nights were blocked for the four-day tournament.
The spirit of was determination was alive and well within the fencing community also. Two examples standout: one athlete from Vancouver who was diverted to Richmond hired an Uber driver to bring him to Virginia Beach on Thursday morning and a group of judges diverted and stuck in the DC area called each other, arranged for a rental vehicle to accommodate them and made the rounds between BWI, Washington Dulles and Washington Reagan airports to get themselves to Virginia Beach in time to judge this important event.
Despite the snow, delayed flights and persistent frigid temperatures, the tournament was lively, action-packed and well-attended. The CVB looks forward to hosting USA Fencing again.
Kudos to all involved for your dedication and hard work and congratulations on another successful event.
Richard Russel, AKA “Country”, Convention Center Groundskeeper, clearing snow in preparation for the USA Fencing tournament this weekend. Photos by Max Long, VBCC Event Manager coordinating this weekend’s tournament which is expected to draw over 1,000 participants from across the country. Many arrived before the storm on Wednesday and are staying at hotels up and down Atlantic Avenue. Bill Bradshaw, VBCC Groundskeeper Supervisor behind the wheel of the Bobcat.
Following successful experiences in 2012 and 2014, the USA Fencing North American Cup Tournament returns to the Convention Center this week for four days of action-packed swordplay. More than 1800 athletes will face off in a variety of competition levels and styles including Division I Epee, Division I Foil & Saber, Junior, Wheelchair and Senior.
Beginning Friday afternoon, Jan. 5 and continuing through Monday, Jan. 8 the action will take over the Center’s entire 150,000 square foot expo hall and an additional 31,000 square feet of ballroom space as bouts in more than 60 fencing strips (areas of play) are held simultaneously. Fourteen local hotels are participating to provide the more than 2,700 room nights needed to house the athletes and spectators. Shuttle service will be provided for to and from participating properties and the competition venue. The public is invited to attend this event which is free for spectators. More information may be found on www.VisitVirginiaBeach.com.
Jim Coggin partnering with The Virginia Arts Festival. Exhibiting at Mid West Band, the largest Band & Orchestra Conference in the world!
These are from the NAS Oceana Tour Linda Eisan and I took with the Hotel Association and a few folks from various Attractions on Dec 11. It was very cool to get the birds eye view and watch the Blackhawks getting ready to take off.
The CVB is happy to report it has gained some momentum on several leisure social platforms since bringing that work in-house this past summer. As you may recall, for several years that work was outsourced to an agency. Moving forward we will handle all social posting and engagement internally. We have gained a stream of new followers: we have reached a total of 22,500 followers on Instagram and a bit over 225,000 likes on Facebook. We have also internally created new “profile picture” logos to mirror our new gradient seasonal color scheme we’re using on our website and in print advertisements.
Justin Roberts, VBCC HVAC technician, is replacing carpet strips in one of the Center’s six pedimats. He is assisted by Brian Seaborn a temp on assignment to the maintenance department who isn’t shown. Each of VBCC’s six pedimats contains nearly a mile of carpet strips which costs about $2,500 each in materials. They were instrumental in gaining LEED points for indoor air quality. Our guests passively wipe their feet as they enter the building thereby minimizing airborne dust.