May 7th Event to Feature “Champions of Hospitality” Rally

Norfolk, Va. (April 11, 2013) –VisitNorfolk and the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, May 4th – 12th with a rally entitled “Champions of Hospitality” at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Tuesday, May 7th from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  The best and brightest hospitality associates of the city will be honored for their contribution to Norfolk’s tour and travel industry and ambassadors for the city, Peter G. Decker III., Phillip A. Decker and Paul A. Decker will serve as masters of ceremonies.  Cathy Keefe, media relations manager for the U.S. Travel Association, will also be present.

Over 150 individuals have been nominated in over 20 different categories.  One valuable, hard-working individual will receive the Peter G. Decker Hospitality Associate of the Year Award.  The 2013 winner will join an elite group of Norfolk employees who have been noted with that distinction since VisitNorfolk held its first rally in 2002.  Two traveling trophies will also be awarded to the "Most Spirited" organizations in attendance.

Tom Schaad, Stephanie Harris, Bruce Rader and Nicole Livas of WAVY TV-10, and Old Dominion University Head Football Coach Bobby Wilder will serve as judges for the “Most Spirited” contest.  Alex Gervasi from 105-3fm ll also be present at the rally.
The sponsors of this year’s rally are HMS Host, Norfolk Airport Authority, Pete Decker & Partners, MacArthur Center, DIA (Dave Iwans & Associates) and Southwest Airlines. 

The "Champions of Hospitality” Rally is open to the public, and Norfolk citizens and businesses are welcome to join VisitNorfolk and the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation in honoring those who do so much for the city’s travel and tourism industry.