MASA Site Inspection

On Friday, September 18 representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Shriner Association (MASA) were in Virginia Beach for a site inspection for future years. They toured several hotels, the convention center, the Virginia Aquarium and a few other venues. Although the 2019 MASA parade was canceled due to Hurricane Dorian and the 2020 MASA convention was canceled because of COVID-19, MASA is looking forward to hosting their conventions again in Virginia Beach for 2021 and 2022.

Attached is a picture of Mike Gordon (MASA Vice President), Johnny Bitzer (MASA President), Rob Govey (MASA Assistant Director General) and Mary Kelly (Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront) on a tour of the New Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel.

Also, pictured from the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel tour is Hilton’s “CleanStay” room tag, which communicates the room as been sanitized and is safe for guest to enter.

Lastly thank you Lynn Huneycutt with Convention Services, Sherri Waghalter at the Convention Center for meeting with the group and Mandi with Distinctive Gourmet for providing a delicious lunch.




Sales Training Day

On Monday, September 14th, JEMS Hospitality Group’s CEO & COO, Ms. Jolene Boatright and Mr. Tim Stacer, spoke to the VBCVB/VBCC Sales & Service Teams on Brand Selling. We greatly appreciated their “jems” of wisdom! Later, our M&C Sales & Service team braved the elements and strategized about the future while also building on fellowship and food!



Congrats Peggy Breslin!

Peggy Breslin is celebrating her 30 years of service to the City, the Visitor Information Center and most especially the Chesapeake Bay Center located at First Landing State Park.  Her years of service and hard work shows her dedication to her job.  Congratulations Peggy!!

VA Hotel Revenues Continued to Improve Last Week

“However, Hampton Roads continues to fare well when compared nationally. It continues to hold on to the highest occupancy rates among the nation’s top 25 markets, with 60.6% occupancy last week and 64.2% occupancy since the week of June 21. Its RevPAR level held on at third place in the nation last week at $65.93, behind San Diego and Los Angeles.”