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~May 8th event to feature “Champions of Hospitality” Rally~


Norfolk, Va. (April 19, 2012) –VisitNorfolk and the Norfolk Tourism Research Foundation will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, May 7 - 15, with a rally entitled “Champions of Hospitality” at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center Tuesday, May 8th 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 master of ceremonies.

Over 100 individuals have been nominated in over 20 different categories.  One valuable, hard-working individual will receive the Hospitality Worker of the Year Award.  The 2012 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 at the Rally.

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.  Kevin Kennedy from MOVIN’ 107-7 and Dominique Da Diva from 103 JAMZ will also be present at the rally.

The sponsors of this year’s rally are Norfolk Airport Authority, Pete Decker & Partners, MacArthur Center 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.  For more information about the rally, or National Travel & Tourism Week, visit the Web site of VisitNorfolk at or contact Kristi Kennedy 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 or call 757-664-6620 or toll free at 800-368-3097.