When looking back on 2014, it is crazy to see the amount of changes that took place within our department and seeing how, even amid transitions, our team remained persistent. In fact, their hard work ensured a successful end of the year, with us achieving our M&C room-night goal! One of the great events that helped make this year a success included our give-back program, which contributed more than 100 backpacks to autistic children participating in Surfer’s Healing. After a dynamic 2014, we are ready to hit the ground running and take Virginia Beach to an exciting new level with new product development on the way. Be sure to stay tuned with us for some exciting news in 2015!
Until then, happy holidays! Please feel free to contact me (Sally Noona) with any questions on partnering with us in the future.
It is exciting for me to look back at 2014, given all of the great initiatives that took place! We held 63 sporting events with 132,745 out-of-town attendees. We had the opportunity of traveling to more than 10 conferences, sales missions and other networking events, while also getting the chance to host great new events like the USA Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Championship and Sevens Rugby Championship. I could have not accomplished all of the success that we have had this year without my team: Dani Timm and also our newest member, Bill Kelly. I am looking forward to working with our new, unified sports marketing team to achieve even higher goals and to continue to spread the message that here in Virginia Beach, “service is our sport!”
To learn how you can work with us in the New Year, contact me (Nancy Helman). Would love to hear from you. Happy holidays!
I recently hit the road to Las Vegas, with the rest of my Virginia Beach Sports Marketing team, to attend the TEAMS 2014 Conference and Expo, presented by Sports Travel. It was great attending the event as part of the “Sports Virginia” contingency, which included our partners from Hampton, Williamsburg, Richmond, Salem and Fairfax. Together, we had the opportunity to interact with sports event organizers from all over the country, while learning from the different educational sessions that were offered. Attending this conference will result in having the possibility of hosting future events in our first-class destination, which will benefit not only us but all of our industry partners as well.
To find out more about how we pursue new and exciting sports events to come to Virginia Beach, contact me (Nancy Helman).
Linda Eisan, CHSP, CGMP and I had the pleasure of traveling to downtown Chicago to join the Greater Midwest Chapter (GMC) for Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in their 2014 Bowl-A-Thon, which this year benefitted the charity Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. With 500 attendees, it ended up being the group’s most successful event yet, and we were so proud to be a part of it.
To learn more about the Virginia Beach sales team and the events we attend, contact me (Lisa MacArthur).
Last week, I traveled up to Washington, D.C. to participate in the monthly meeting for the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP NATCAP) to prepare for their upcoming Expo in November. By attending the educational program “Tips and Best Practices for Smooth Ceremonies” at the meeting, I was able to learn about the panelists’ experience working with and hosting government, elected, military officials and international dignitaries. I found the takeaways on hosting a ceremony to be especially interesting, so I thought I would share some quick, fun facts from the session:
- Take into the consideration of the goal, audience or outcome of the ceremony. Basic ceremony types recognize an organization, an individual or a special event
- A ceremony must include invitations, collateral material, national anthems, positions of honor, introductions, flag displays and Color Guard
- The host country flag should also be placed to the right of the speaker (from the speaker’s position, not the audience’s view)
- Within the U.S., it is appropriate for civilians to place their hand over their heart during the National Anthem, during the passing of the U.S. Flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and the movement of a casket
- The most important consideration of a ceremony is the memory and the feelings that the attendees walk away with
Also pertaining to government groups are the changes to the military travel policy that went into effect with the new per diem rates the first of this month. Troops on longer trips will be required to take advantage of weekly or monthly rates and those traveling on temporary duty lasting more than 30 days will not get the full per diem rate. These are factors hotels should keep in mind when bidding on or accepting reservations for long-term stays.
For more information on planning government or military events in Virginia Beach, or details on changes in government and military travel, contact me, Linda Eisan.
Recently, two-thirds of the Virginia Beach Sports Marketing team, including Dani Timm and myself, got to travel to Frisco, TX for the USA Ultimate National Championship. We wanted to attend this event in advance of Virginia Beach hosting the inaugural Beach Championships in May 2015. While in Frisco, we got an idea of the event schedule, along with witnessing first-hand the spectacular athletic skill in attendance at this premier, professionally run competition, which is rival to none.
I am excited about our team securing this inaugural event and look forward to our continued excellence for the year 2015! To find out more about hosting sports events in Virginia Beach, drop me, Bill Kelly, a line.
Last week, Lisa MacArthur and I traveled up to the Richmond
Convention Center to attend and participate in VSAE’s Annual Educational
Symposium & Expo, the Taste of Tomorrow Today. Accompanied by great food,
music, camaraderie and a generous dose of compassion, Virginia Beach created
the perfect recipe for success, for today and tomorrow, by bringing along seven
hotel partners, including James Caralivanos from the Virginia Beach Convention
Center (VBCC) and Distinctive Gourmet’s Chef Robert Arnold and catering sales
manager Sabrina Rinaldo. The VBCC and Distinctive Gourmet teams assisted us in
serving their famous shrimp and grits, while our hotel partners helped
attendees who came by our booth assemble backpacks filled with toiletries and
school supplies for the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls (VHBG). We were
thrilled by the end of the day to have the CEO of the VHBG come by and accept
the 81 backpacks, while expressing her genuine appreciation of our generosity.
To find out more about our CSR initiatives or learn how you
can participate, contact me (Sally Noona).
SportsEvents Media Group, publisher of SportsEvents magazine, recently named Virginia Beach, Va., as a SportsEvents’ readers top choice for combining sports events and vacations.
With a total of 126 votes made on the SportsEvents Facebook page, Virginia Beach was the top vote earner of more than 19 sports-friendly vacation destinations throughout the United States.
“We are proud to share that SportsEvents readers named Virginia Beach, Va., as a favorite destination to combine a sports event with a vacation,” said Associate Publisher Kristen McIntosh. “Virginia Beach is a beautiful area with top-notch sports venues and a wealth of activities for participants and spectators to enjoy during their free time.”
This poll represents the first in a series of Readers’ Choice polls launched by SportsEvents asking readers to identify their favorite sports events venues and destination.
The Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) continues to focus on giving back to the local community and takes every opportunity to do so. Here is an update of our recent initiatives and ones to come.
Last month the CVB hosted its annual M&C FAM event. On the list of planned activities was a Give Back Marketplace, an event where attendees and local stakeholders work together for the good of an organization. Every year the CVB finds a cause indigenous to our area to support. This year two non-profits were selected: Surfer’s Healing Virginia Beach, an organization that provides the unique therapy of surfing to children with autism and their families, and the FoodBank of Southeastern Virginia & the Eastern Shore.
The Give Back Marketplace incorporated members from more than a dozen local industry partners and city departments who assisted our attendees in creating essential kits for surf campers. Each partner hosted a table with 100 items, including products such as sunblock and water bottles, which they donated, including the CVB who sponsored the purchase of 100 backpacks, branded with our “One Beach – One World” logo. Similar to speed dating, the Marketplace is kept moving with an indicator for when the attendee needs to move on to the next table where a lively exchange took place while he/she collected additional items for the kit. By the end of the 45 minute period 100 bags had been assembled.
In addition to the Marketplace endeavor, a food drive challenge was also conducted among partners to benefit the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Collectively, participants and attendees donated 495 pounds of food to Foodbank with The Founders Inn being the winning partner by donating 140 pounds of food.
Following the Give Back Marketplace, guests were led on a LEED Gold progressive lunch tour of the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The tour incorporated all of the efforts that are in place to earn such distinction including a trip to the on-site garden where the chef cut fresh herbs and demonstrated the making of his signature salad dressing, which was served during lunch.