M&C Represents in St. Louis!

Ever attempting to promote the “Brand”  M & C took the opportunity to promote the Bike and Bell campaign at PCMA’s Annual Education Conference in St. Louis this week.  While the team couldn’t be there VB sponsored the room keys and incorporated a call to action URL to drive traffic to our website!

PCMA is attended by more than 500 meeting planners each year!  The keycards give us one more opportunity to make an impression for VB!

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Todd in Chicago for Annual Association Forum Honors Gala

VP of Convention Sales and Marketing, Todd Bertka, recently hosted customers at the Annual Association Forum Honors Gala in Chicago.  The Association Forum is celebrating its 100th Anniversary as the industry advocate in Chicago.

Virginia Beach’s guests for this Black Tie event included a star-studded list of Chicago planners and a great time was had by all!

 Todd Bertka – Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sadie Brown – American Institute of Steel Construction

Bob Hope – American College of Surgeons

Elizabeth Purdy – American Institute of Steel Construction

Felicia Williams – PCMA

Arlis Whalum – PCMA

Chad Davis – ShowGizmo

Molly Witges – American Dental Association

Scott Brody – Appraisal Institute

Tanya Kinsman – American Dental Association

AMF Tickets on Sale Now at the VIC

The Visitor Information Center has started selling the American Musical Festival tickets/vouchers.  The VIC will sell the general admission ticket/voucher good for all 3-days at a special, early bird price of $20 per ticket plus $1 service fee.  The VIC will only take cash or check (payable to Beach Events).

This special rate will only last for a limited time – there’s no date given to us but, it’s suggested get tickets soon.  It can be just a week or two.  The passport pins will come in around mid-August.  Please tell buyers to call us first to check if the pins have arrived.


  • Passport Pins are discounted at $20 through Ticketmaster and at VIC $20 plus $1 service fee
  • Preferred Viewing 3-day passes are discounted at $60 through Ticketmaster.
  • Preferred Viewing single-day passes are discounted at $30 through Ticketmaster.
  • VIP 3-day passes are discounted at $150 through Ticketmaster.
  • Individual VIP tickets are discounted at $60 through Ticketmaster.

CLICK HERE for more information on the 2016 AMF Press Release.

Teresa Diaz Earns National APR Accreditation!

Please join in congratulating Teresa Diaz, PR Specialist here at the CVB, for earning the prestigious Accredited in Public Relations (APR) credential from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)! The APR credential was established in 1964 to recognize public relations practitioners who have mastered the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to develop and implement strategic communications. This a huge accomplishment from one of own. Congrats, Teresa!

French Canadian Travel Writer visits VB

After Kelli Norman and Jacinthe Pare visited Travel Writer Benoit Legault in his home town of Montreal and pitched the incredible assets of the destination, they convinced writer Benoit Legault to visit Virginia Beach. Legault, on assignment to write a story for a large Montreal Newspaper, spent the last  3 days here exploring the destination and much to his surprise, was thrilled to learn of the diverse amount of activities and commented on how the three beaches experience was truly unique and exactly what Canadians would enjoy.  Legault’s trips in between VB include the Dominican Republic and Mexico. We are looking forward to Legault’s articles in several Montreal publications.  Also, there are 2 additional French Canadian travel writers visiting VB in the month of June 2016.

Office of Volunteer Resources has a ball representing VB in Minnesota

When a team representing Virginia Beach on a national stage called looking for fun props to use during a conference presentation, the CVB had just the thing  – a few of our giant logo beach balls! Here’s a shot of Katie Cerqua (VBPL), Melissa Zibutis (OVR) and Laura Smart (Virginia Beach City Public Schools) following their case study presentation at the Transforming Local Government conference in St. Paul, Minn. Their session “Can Your Citizens Spare a Lunch Hour to Save the World?” highlighted the award-winning VB READS program which pulls together City government, the local school division, multiple non-profits, the business community, the military community, funders, several volunteer groups, and the families of struggling readers to tackle the critical issue of ensuring reading proficiency by third grade.

Coming up on its third year, the program has proven impact with student performance, community engagement and has received accolades for being a “Model Partner” with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools as well as being named the 2015-2016 Virginia State Outstanding Mentoring Program of the Year.

Donations Accepted for VBPD’s 2nd Precinct in Advance of Busy 4th of July Weekend!

We will be accepting donations such as snack food, drinks, mints, gum, sunscreen, lip balm, etc. to help show our appreciation to  VBPD’s 2nd Precinct for all they do on behalf of our visitors. In the next day or so, we’ll be dropping Donation Boxes in all Department break rooms.

In some way, we have all affected the work lives of our 2nd Precinct Officers.  Think about it…every single event we host, and every single day of the year…the men & women of VBPD’s 2nd Precinct have the distinction of ‘Protecting and Serving’ our visitors while they are in our destination.

Your CVB Culture Team is excited to THANK THEM in advance of the busy July 4th weekend!

Between now and 5pm on June 27th, bring a donation for us to collect and deliver to the 2nd Precinct.

Just place your donation(s) in one of the break room boxes…and the CVB Culture Team will take care of the rest by delivering everything to them on June 30th.

So…take an opportunity to thank a Cop.  Donate soon so we can thank them on behalf of all of us!

Delta Sigma Theta Atlantic Regional Conference

Check out some shots of the action from last week’s (June 9 -12) Delta Sigma Theta Atlantic Regional Conference!

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DST Pavement Marker
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Friday Morning
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Friday Morning
Friday Morning
HI NorthBeach Mayumi
HI NorthBeach Mayumi
HI VB Norfolk
HI VB Norfolk
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Saturday 4:30 AM
Welcome Sign
Welcome Sign
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Window Cling
AKA visits DST
AKA Visits DST