NORFOLK, Va. – (March 1, 2012) – The Virginia Tourism Corporation will bring oversized LOVE artwork to Norfolk, Virginia on Tuesday, March 20 as part of a state and local partnership to promote tourism. The artwork, which is 16 feet long and more than six feet high, is part of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and promotes the message that love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visitors can come see the LOVE when it arrives Tuesday, March 20 and will be on display through Sunday, March 25 at the intersection of Atlantic Street and Waterside Drive in front of Waterside District Marketplace.

Visitors are encouraged to take a family picture in front of the artwork and share it on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers, on VisitNorfolk’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/VisitNorfolkToday or on Twitter, using the special hashtag #LOVEVA.

The LOVE artwork made stops at Virginia Welcome Centers, attractions and localities throughout 2011 and will travel to more locations in the Commonwealth in 2012.  It has become a favorite photo opportunity for visitors as well as local residents wherever it has gone.

~ Norfolk, Virginia ~

Considered the dynamic heart of Virginia’s storied Hampton Roads region, Norfolk attracts thousands of travelers each year to enjoy its lively downtown waterfront and 144 miles of shimmering coastline.  Offering a vibrant blend of history and heritage with contemporary attractions, outdoor adventure and the Commonwealth’s most revered cultural institutions, Norfolk is an exciting destination.  Here, where the Elizabeth River meets the Chesapeake Bay, visitors will find an easily walkable downtown that offers eclectic dining options, a rich arts scene, high-end shopping and year-round special events.  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.