NORFOLK, Va. - (April 26, 2010) – On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 the Virginia Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus’ (VACVB) hosted the 2nd Annual Virgo Travel & Tourism Awards where the Norfolk CVB was presented the 2010 Virgo Award for “Visitor Center of the Year.”  The Center was awarded for its outstanding hotel & business program, electronic advertising, social networking & the online live chat with visitors program.
Melissa Hopper, Associate Director of Tour & Travel for the NCVB, was honored with the 2010 Shining Star Merit Award for Sales Manager of the Year.  Hopper was awarded for her efforts in securing Norfolk as the host city for the 13th Annual Student & Youth Travel Association (SYTA) Conference in 2009 which estimated economic revenue impact in the City of Norfolk was nearly $9 million.
“Both are prestigious awards that are given to only one CVB, once a year.  We’re proud to be bestowed with this honor & incredibly proud of our staff,” said Tony DiFilippo, President & CEO of Norfolk Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus is a membership-based association of independent destination management organizations and supporting businesses who share political and community support with the primary mission of promoting their areas as meeting and tourism destinations.
~ 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.