Virginia Beach Makes Another Cover

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to share that Virginia Beach was selected for the March cover of Teach & Travel, a magazine produced by SYTA (Student and Youth Travel Association). SYTA is a non-profit professional trade association promoting domestic student and youth group travel and provides research that informs, educates and advocates for student travel. The CVB Group Tour division works with many tour operators and group tour planners who already have Virginia Beach on their itinerary offerings list and the six page spread in the March edition of Teach & Travel  focuses on the latest in “what’s new in Virginia Beach” as a travel destination for this lucrative market. Congratulations to the CVB Group Tour Sales Team for securing this great coverage!

Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Hospitality Superstar


Tourism is one of the city’s major economic engines and it takes more than brick and mortar to keep this vibrant machine going.  A talented, dedicated workforce is the heartbeat of our local tourism industry. They deserve recognition and you can help give it to them! Have a favorite local server, valet or bartender who makes your dining experience extra special? Is there a local hotel staff person who gives visiting family or guests the royal treatment when they’re in town? Awards in those categories, and about two dozen more, are up for grabs as the Convention & Visitors Bureau gears up to celebrate the 2019 National Travel & Tourism Awards. There are over 30 categories to choose from when selecting your favorite hospitality superstar but you only have until March 1st to do so! It’s free and will only take a few  minutes of your time. Winners will be announced at the annual award luncheon on May 8th. Go to and enter your free nomination today!


East Coast She Crab Soup Classic- Tickets Sold At The VIC


The Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center is selling limited tickets for the East Coast She Crab Soup Classic.  This event will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 12 to 2:30pm at the 24th Street Park.  Tickets are $20 plus a $2 service fee – Cash or check only (no credit cards).  The Visitor Center is open daily from 9am to 5pm and located at 2100 Parks Avenue in Virginia Beach.  For questions, call 757-385-7873 or go to .  Buy your tickets now for this great event!

New Graduate

Shown are Charn Owens and Courtney Dyer. After a brief absence, Charn returned to VBCC as a new crew leader and recently completed Foundations for New Leaders training. Charn hopes to use some of his experience coaching football with team VBCC. Congratulations Charn!

Our New PR Director, Erin Goldmeier, Was Properly Introduced to the Sports Center

Our new PR Director, Erin Goldmeier, was properly introduced to the Sports Center project by participating in a hardhat tour of the site this week. Project Manager Rick Martinac showed Erin the 26+ acre site from one end to the other. After two days of rain, the area was nice and muddy; Erin was a trooper and took it all in with amazement and awe. Welcome to the team, Erin!

CVB Welcomes New Staff Members

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcomes New Staff Members  It’s a busy time here at the CVB as we roll out the welcome mat to new staff members. If you happen to see them, please say hello and welcome them to the CVB family:


Director’s Office/Administrative Services Division

Marissa Jones

Marissa has joined the CVB family as an Account Clerk III and will work with Karen on our budget accounts. We jumped on the chance to have her join our team; she transferred to the CVB from PW. Prior to that, Marissa migrated to the beach from the City of Portsmouth where she developed a wealth of knowledge and experience during her 13 years there. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 3 daughters Mariah, Morgan and London. Welcome, Marissa!


Convention Center

Heather Vickers

Heather Vickers joined the staff of the Convention Center as a part-time event coordinator in 2016. She became full time in January 2019. Heather was born in California and has lived in Virginia Beach since she was five years old. She is a graduate of James Madison University’s School of Media and Design. Prior to joining the VBCC, Heather was an event coordinator with Bon Secours. Welcome, Heather!


Marketing Communications Division

Erin Goldmeier

Erin Goldmeier has accepted the role as the director of public relations for Visit Virginia Beach, the city’s official destination marketing organization, working with travel editors, writers, bloggers and social media influencers to promote Virginia Beach as a travel destination. Goldmeier spent eleven years at VisitNorfolk, Norfolk’s official DMO, as the media relations manager securing coverage in outlets such as the Chicago Sun-Times, Washingtonian magazine, Washington Post, and National Geographic Traveler. She is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in VegNews magazine, Culture Trip, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Convention South and Smart Meetings magazines. Goldmeier has over a decade of experience in domestic & international public relations, pitching, writing, editing and producing editorial content for digital, print, and social media.


Lauren Thorstensen

Lauren Thorstensen has joined the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Marketing Communications team as their in-house graphic designer. A graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y, Thorstensen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Design. She interned at Seventeen magazine and was a lead designer for BrickHouse Security before returning to Virginia Beach to work as a lead designer and photo editor for VistaGraphics, Inc. Inspired by the world around her, she aims to create new ideas for innovative design.


Welcome Erin & Lauren!