National Travel & Tourism Week 

VisitNorfolk has been recognizing top hospitality workers at the award-winning National Travel & Tourism Week "Norfolk Champions of Hospitality Rally" for nearly 20 years. Let us know who stands out to you by nominating a hospitality and tourism star today!  Click here to nominate someone. This years' rally has been postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19. 

Each year, during the first full week in May, thousands of travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. 

The travel and tourism industry employs more than 7,500 Norfolkians in the city. We may not always realize it, but popular tourist spots like The Norfolk Botanical Garden and others like Nauticus and the Virginia Zoo, restaurants and even historic sights like the Hunter House Victorian Museum are the backbone of Norfolk. These places, and our neighbors and friends who work there, not only grow our local economy and support our workforce but also give so many visitors a lifetime of memories.

Last year, VisitNorfolk awarded the top hospitality workers at the award-winning National Travel & Tourism Week "Norfolk Champions of Hospitality Rally." 



2019 Champions of Hospitality Winners

Darrell Rodgers, Front Desk Associate of the Year, Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Charlene White, Military Associate of the Year, NAVY

Lori Santiago, Concierge of the Year, Hilton Norfolk the Main

Hernan Montoya, Housekeeping Associate of the Year, Navy Lodge Norfolk

Fidel Ramos, Maintenance Associate of the Year, NSA Hampton Roads

Tatia Hansen, Beertender of the Year, O’Connor Brewing Co.

George Jackson, Kitchen Associate of the Year, D’Egg Diner

Lashaun Roberts, Parking Associate of the Year, SP+ Corporation

Macy Jordan, Host of the Year, Chrysler Museum of Art

Myles Holly, Steward of the Year, Norfolk Waterside Marriott

Danny Espino, Banquet Associate of the Year, DoubleTree by Hilton Norfolk Airport

Sarrah Stevens, Administrative Associate of the Year, Slover Library

Mark Strawn, Valet Associate of the Year, Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Katharine Sahene, Event Coordinator of the Year, Spirit Cruises

Sara Bray, Server of the Year, Blanca Food+Wine


Peter G. Decker, Jr. Hospitality Associate of the Year

Chelsea Jackson, Hilton Norfolk the Main