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~May 12th event to feature “Champions of Hospitality” rally~

Norfolk, Va. (April 13, 2010) – Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau (NCVB) and the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, May 10 -16, with a rally entitled “Champions of Hospitality” at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Wednesday, May 12 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 long-time ambassador for the city, Peter G. Decker Jr., of Decker, Cardon, Thomas, Weintraub & Neskis, PC, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Over 140 associates have been nominated in 18 different categories.  One valuable, hard-working individual will receive the Hospitality Worker of the Year Award.  The 2010 winner will join an elite group of Norfolk employees who have been noted with that distinction since the NCVB held its first rally in 2002.  Two trophies will also be awarded to the “Most Spirited” organizations in attendance at the Rally.

Kerri Furey, Tom Schaad, Stephanie Harris, Bruce Rader and Nicole Livas of WAVY TV-10 will serve as judges for the “Most Spirited” contest.

The sponsors of this year’s rally are the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation, Norfolk Airport Authority, Pete Decker & Partners, MacArthur Center, DIA, Southwest Airlines, The Market - a Farm Fresh Corporation, and TowneBank.    
The “Champions of Hospitality” Rally is open to the public, and Norfolk citizens and businesses are welcome to join NCVB and the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation in honoring those who do so much for the city’s travel and tourism industry.  For more information about the rally, or National Travel & Tourism Week, visit the Web site of the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau at


~ Norfolk, Virginia ~

One of the Mid-Atlantic’s most exciting destinations, Norfolk, Virginia attracts thousands of travelers each year to enjoy its lively waterfront downtown which is easily walkable and alive with eclectic dining options, a rich arts scene, high-end shopping and fun, year-round special events. For four hundred years this dynamic heart of Virginia’s storied sea front region has offered a vibrant blend of history and heritage, contemporary attractions, outdoor adventure and the Commonwealth’s most revered cultural institutions.  For more information about Norfolk, visit the city on the Web at www.visitnorfolktoday,com or call 757-664-6620 or toll free at 800-368-3097.