Interns Take On Chesapeake Bay Center inside First Landing State Park

Maria Aragon took our 2018 interns from the Visitor Center, Convention & Visitors Bureau and Convention Center on a site visit of all the locations of the Visitor Center. The last stop was at the Chesapeake Bay Center inside First Landing State Park.   Peggy Breslin showed them around and our interns experienced some hands-on activity at new Bay Lab.


Convention & Visitors Bureau Getting the Word Out about Virginia Beach on a Global Level

With 11 earned media placements, garnering 144,464,000 impressions with an ad equivalency of $1,336,292, the CVB’s Marketing Communications unit ends June with a bang:

International Live Events Association Hampton Roads Icon Award

ILEA Hampton Roads Icon Award:  

  • Jane was selected because she has continued to support the ILEA Organization at various levels and has been in the organization the longest amongst our chapter (21 years).
  • Jane’s involvement has included;
  • Member, ILEA-NYC – Chapter President – NY Metro Chapter 2001-2003
  • Regional Vice President – International Live Events Association ILEA – Northeast Region2004-2005
  • Former Board Member ILEA Hampton Roads Chapter and Former ILEA Nominating Committee

CVB Sales Mission DC – Humane Rescue Alliance

Jordan Vallerga with the Founders Inn & Spa and Scott Warren with the CVB Convention Sales volunteered with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Capital Chapter to make dog toys for the Humane Rescue Alliance In the Washington DC area on Monday (6/18).

With 28 volunteers, 146 donated t-shirts (used to make dog toys) and over $1,200 in cash donations, the group was able to adopt 4 cats, 4 dogs and make over 30 dog toys.

Travel Channel Ranks Resort Beach Among The Best Beaches for Families


Beach destinations in Croatia and Spain, it’s time to slide your beach towels over. Virginia Beach is joining in on some well-deserved basking! The Travel Channel recently revealed their 2018 list of the best beaches for families and our coastal city made the cut, alongside 22 other domestic and international destinations, including Hilton Head, San Diego and the Agios Georgios Beach in Greece. Here’s what the Travel Channel says: “There’s no shortage of things to do both on and off the beach in Virginia Beach. Walk or ride a surrey bike along the 3-mile boardwalk before snapping a selfie with the 34-foot bronze statue of King Neptune. Go horseback riding or take surfing lessons at Resort Beach, then let the kids go wild at Grommet Island Beach Park, a 100% wheelchair accessible children’s park.”


For the full list of the best beaches for families go to The Travel Channel

Moving People @ The VBCC

How do you move the parents and grandparents and others with disabilities into Virginia Beach City Public Schools High School graduations at the Convention Center?  With City contractors and golf carts. The Convention Center just completed the annual trek of graduates with 13 rehearsals and 13 ceremonies over six days. Welcoming an estimated 50,000 guests is a logistical challenge and timing is critical. To assist our guests with mobility challenges, special traffic and parking plans were developed. This included offering anyone who wasn’t up for a long walk a ride to VBCC’s front doors. Pictured are Ethan Knobel, Brian Taylor  (down front), Carl Morey (sitting), Justin Goodrich, James Mira, are regular security officers who work every day at VBCC to keep the building secure. They put on their customer service hats and assisted people from their cars, wheelchairs, walkers and crutches onto a small fleet of six-seat gas-powered vehicles right to VBCC’s front doors.

Will at Work :-)

Here are a few shots of our awesome photographer/videographer capturing a client testimonial for the M&C  folks!  Thanks Will!

(we all know we hardly get pictures of him!)


Virginia Beach Represented at Chamber Leadership Program Graduation

LEAD Hampton Roads, a program of the Hampton Roads Chamber, recently hosted “BRAVO!”, its annual gala celebration of the region and its leadership. Close to 400 business and community leaders gathered at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott for a reception and dinner honoring visionary leaders and celebrating LEAD’s 30th year of serving the region.

The evening culminated with the graduation of 48 business leaders who successfully completed the nine-month Signature leadership program. Court Appointed Special Advocate Administrator Season Roberts, Virginia Beach Police Captain Rio Hatfield and Convention & Visitors Bureau Public Relations Specialist Teresa Diaz were among this year’s graduates.

During the program, the First Citizen of Hampton Roads Award was presented to the Honorable Ralph S. Northam, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, for his exemplary leadership. The Julian Hirst Alumni Leadership Award was presented to Jennifer Boykin, Executive Vice President of Huntington Ingalls Industries, and President of Newport News Shipbuilding. The ICON Young Professional Leadership Award was presented to Jay Jones, Delegate 89th District Virginia House of Delegates.

Congratulations are extended to all.