Virginia Beach Hosts the 2014 US Lacrosse WCLA National Championships

Lacrosse Comes Alive at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex

Virginia Beach is a superior sports destination and popular with sports enthusiasts of all types. The city is known for its nationally ranked boardwalk, beautiful beaches and phenomenal sporting venues. Among the list of first-class facilities is the Princess Anne Athletic Complex and Stadium, the host stadium for the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) National Championships. The championships, presented by Harrow Sports, will be held on May 7th – 10th and the athletic complex promises to come alive with lacrosse action!

The WCLA is a collegiate, non-varsity league consisting of more than 225 women’s teams from across the country.  The teams compete in 10 leagues that host roughly 4,500 players in two divisions. The Division I and Division II National Championships host 16 and 12 teams, respectively.  US Lacrosse, a nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport.

Showcasing venues and amenities that rival most metropolitan areas, our seaside city is the ideal location for the event and we are excited to host the US Lacrosse National Championships in Virginia Beach. The winning combination of the Princess Anne Athletic Complex, a state-of-the-art competition facility, US Lacrosse, and our beautiful coastal destination is the perfect backdrop for a thrilling WCLA National Championships.

 

Let the games begin!

 

 

The Sports Marketing Team Receives a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award

Event Planners around the Country Agree that Virginia Beach is and Award Winning Sports Destination

Planners have grown to expect the winning combination of state-of-the-art facilities and world-class service we provide in Virginia Beach. With extraordinary focus on service and an unmatched track record of successful events it’s no surprise that the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau was the only destination in Virginia to receive a 2014 Readers’ Choice Award from SportsEvents Media Group.

The group, whose primary focus is to provide sports planners with content that assists in producing excellent competitions, hosted an online voting system for sports events planners nationwide. “Our online voting system allowed us to gather thousands of nominations and votes casted by sports event planners around the country for the 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards,” SportsEvents editor Kristen McIntosh said in a statement. “These award winners have gone above and beyond to provide the quality sports infrastructure, services and commitment to today’s discerning sports event planners demand. These winners have truly set the bar high for the sports events they host.”

We understand that success is a team sport and we are determined to provide the superior level of service that yields unforgettable competitive experiences. I am very proud of our team and this recognition is evidence that when we say “Service is Our Sport” it’s not just a tagline it’s a standard in Virginia Beach.

Way to go team!


“One Beach, One World” – Offering Customized Give Back Opportunities for Meeting Planners

The Meetings & Conventions sales team at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is eager to help your group plan an unforgettable give back opportunity the next time you meet in Virginia Beach. One Beach, One World is the corporate social responsibility program designed by the Virginia Beach CVB with meeting planners in mind. Unique give back opportunities can be customized to fit a group’s charitable focus. Our team has local contacts in six key outreach areas such as restoring and protecting our environment, supporting our military, international outreach and more. Whatever level of participation your group desires can be arranged, from hands-on projects with educational components to site visits for meet and greet and donation opportunities. Let us help you turn your good intentions into good deeds!

For more information and a list of our One Beach, One World partners, visit http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/meetingplanners/giveback/ or contact Teri Wiley, CMP, at twiley@visitvirginiabeach.com or Teresa Diaz at tdiaz@visitvirginiabeach.com>

Teri Wiley Nominates the 2013 Meeting Professional of the Year Award Recipient

This past October, the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) was held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Virginia Beach had the honor of hosting more than 2500 air medical transport professionals from across the globe. Natasha Ross, CMP from the Association of Air Medical Services worked very closely with Teri Wiley, Senior Convention Services Manager, and the rest of the CVB team in organizing this successful conference.

As a member of the Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA), Teri Wiley had the opportunity to recognize and nominate a meeting planner that she has worked with in the past year, for the Meeting Professional of the Year award. After working so closely with Natasha, Teri felt that she was deserving of this recognition and submitted her nomination.

Teri and the CVB team was thrilled to discover that Natasha Ross won the 2013 Meeting Professional of the Year award and was presented the award at the annual ESPA conference that was held in Boston last month. Congratulations Natasha!

Town Center Virginia Beach – The Perfect Meeting Location

The Town Center of Virginia Beach is a hotbed for meetings, dining, entertainment and shopping in Virginia Beach. Featuring premier hotels and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Town Center has big city glamour and energy that attracts meeting planners from all over the nation.

The vibrant atmosphere of Town Center is the ideal location for hosting meetings. The Hilton Garden Inn offering flexible meeting areas for events of up to 150 guests has 5 meeting rooms and a total of 3,600 square feet of meeting space. Groups enjoy thoughtful amenities including complimentary internet access, a business center, comfortable guest rooms, a fitness center, evening room service and much more. With over 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space The Crown Plaza Virginia Beach Town Center is ideal for meetings and events up to 500 people. Complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access along with other amenities makes this location a great meeting venue.

In addition, whether planning an intimate affair for 10 or a gala for 600, The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center delivers a superior level of service. The largest meeting space is over 8,000 square feet and the hotel offers a total number of 7 meeting spaces, providing planners with a variety of options. From wireless high speed internet access in all meeting and event facilities to complete audio visual and production services and more, The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center has left no stone unturned.

For a truly distinctive venue for special events and more discover the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, the cultural centerpiece of the city which features exciting performances by world-renowned artists. This performing arts venue with theatre-style seating for 1,300 is perfect for events of all sizes. The center of the building proudly boasts a three-story grand lobby, ideal for a banquet or reception accommodating 150 seated guests and up to 250 for stand-up receptions. The Miller Studio Theater is a 2,400 square foot hall that can be configured to suit any need. As a banquet room, it can accommodate up to 125 seated guests and with sound equipment and a raiser stage, it is the perfect venue for small meetings. For an even more intimate setting, the Wood Founders Room provides beautiful views of the city, warm wood interiors and a private terrace overlooking Town Center. The 900 square foot room can accommodate up to 50 seated guests and creates an intimate atmosphere for small meetings. The facility also offers an outdoor performance plaza, capable of accommodating up to 400 guests.

When meetings convene, Town Center is a hub for many styles of entertainment, from music at the Fountain Plaza to a comedic act at the Funny Bone Comedy Club, there is something to entertain everyone. The variety of entertainment includes national acts, Broadway touring companies, late-night talk show stars, dancing, music, and outdoor events including locals’ favorites like the Art & Wine Festival.

With some of the best restaurants located in the city and many of them exclusive to Town Center, meeting goers will discover premier dining options unlike anywhere else. From top-rated chains like The Cheesecake Factory and PF Chang’s to exclusive dining at Saffron and Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar, the biggest challenge will be deciding where to eat. After dinner, enjoy a yummy sweet treat at one of the many dessert shops from gelato and hand-dipped chocolates to cupcakes and an impressive array of coffee, the roster of choices are impressive.

The Town Center of Virginia Beach also offers a wide selection of boutiques and shops to satisfy everyone’s needs. If you are in search of a tailored business suite or simply need skin care products, Town Center has you covered! To discover how Town Center Virginia Beach can provide the best meeting experience visit our website at VisitVirginiaBeach.com.

Virginia Beach Wraps Up the Year in Full Sports Fashion

Virginia Beach SportsWhether playing offense or defense, VB Sports is always on the move. As we wrap up 2013, it is time to take a time-out and be thankful for such an amazing year. In FY 2013, VB Sports was responsible for hosting 33 events which translated into 96,000+ room nights booked for future consumption and $46 million in direct spending. Hard work pays off… and what really makes it worth it is working with teammates like the National High School Coaches Association, J&A Racing, Competitor Group, USA Judo, USA Field Hockey, the Hampton Roads Soccer Council, US Final Cheer, USA Rugby and many others!

As we look head to 2014 we are busy traveling national and prospecting daily in search of the next great event to bring to the City. In addition, we are drawing up the game plan to host championship tournaments and events like the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Championship, Game Day USA Virginia Beach Super Regional, Cheer and Dance Extreme’s Championship by the Sea and the Excalibur Gymnastics Cup. This is just a sample listing… for a complete calendar of events, log onto www.vbsports.com.

Many thanks for your continued support and interest in VB Sports Marketing. To find out what is on deck, check out www.vbsports.com. Cheers to continuing the winning streak in 2014! Happy Holidays from Virginia Beach Sports Marketing.

Premier off Season Meeting Destination – Virginia Beach

An ocean breeze hello from your local Destination Ambassador!  First, allow me to introduce myself, I have been in the hospitality sales arena for 13+ years and have been a team member of the Virginia Beach sales team for 3+ years.   Today I will share with you, the many reasons why organizations like yours should take a second look and consider Virginia Beach as a possible location to host your next conference.  I invite you to travel on this journey with me and Bring it to the Beach!!

Virginia Beach, the jewel of the Mid-Atlantic is a year round destination, surrounded by a host of activities to accommodate even the seasoned traveler.  Some of the area’s top attractions include:  beaches, variety of parks, shopping, night life entertainment, restaurants, and festivals.  However, what one may not be aware of from a Convention standpoint; aside from the obvious reasons of the great weather and seaside backdrop.  The city boasts a tremendous list of advantages to Organizations who select this destination to host their conference during the off season months.  Off season in Virginia Beach is considered to be October through March.

Virginia Beach is:

BoomingWith new developments popping up around the city, the area is booming with plenty of activities to keep attendees engaged during the evenings.  Enjoy the new 31 Ocean Shops featuring 50, 000 square feet of retail stores, restaurants, outdoor cafes and boutiques.  If attendees prefer a change of scenery or a downtown feel, visit the Virginia Beach Town Center an urban mixed used downtown community.   This new development is a “must see” when in town.  The Town Center has 25+ restaurants, upscale shopping, entertainment and a Performing Arts Center all within a 5 to 7 block radius, making this a top destination for visitors into the area.   For the savvy shopper visit the Hilltop area for an eclectic array of beach treasures mixed with every day favorites or spend a few hours at the Lynnhaven Mall scoping out deals from top retailers such as Macy’s or Dillard’s to name a few.   

Economical – The Hotel community thrives in the summer months and becomes a top family travel destination.  During the off peak months, the city transforms into a convention city offering attractive and competitive rates, special concessions and signing bonuses to attract Organizations to host their next conference in the city.  This budget friendly city offers over 10,000 rooms Citywide and 3,500 committable within a 3 mile radius of the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  The Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC) is the First LEED® Gold Certified Convention Center for existing buildings, offering 515,000 gross SF of meeting space.  The facility is union free and offers complimentary parking.  The VBCC is an ideal meeting facility for Organizations looking for first class service partnered with cost effective budget friendly pricing.  The facility is owned and operated by the City of Virginia Beach, making negotiating and leveraging facility rental charges an added bonus.

Accessibility – Whether you arrive via car, Amtrak, Greyhound or air (Norfolk International Airport or ORF) getting to the area is easy and hassle free.     For those who prefer to drive, Virginia Beach is a short day’s drive.  Research shows the city is within 2/3’s daily driving distance of the nation’s population.

Corporate Social Responsibility – If outreach and giving back to the community is your

Organization’s passion, then we recommend the “One Beach, One World” program.  This program has a dedicated team ready to assist with customizing and designing a unique community give back program to offer to your attendees during the conference.  Activities range from cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, working on behalf of our troops, and providing care and assistance to those in need.

HarmoniousWe bring people together like sand and surf.  We invite you into our home as our guest.  So sit back relax, put your feet up, and let our staff handle the details.  We offer a wealth of knowledge and can assist you with planning your next conference from beginning to end leaving no detail unturned.  From assistance throughout the sales process, to unique venue site selections, city official representation for welcome addresses or ground transportation coordination we have the resources to provide you the services that you require.

For assistance with planning your next Conference in Virginia Beach contact a team member.  Ask them about the “Love the Moment” incentive for conferences booked during the off season and tell them “Dawn” sent you.

Until then, I look forward to meeting you at beach!!

Virginia Beach Hosted the 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference

Virginia Beach had the honor of hosting more than 2500 air medical transport professionals from across the globe during the 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in October. Prior to the start of the conference 11 medical transport aircraft landed in the Virginia Beach Convention Center parking lot and then were towed into the exhibit hall.

During the conference attendees were provided with up-to-date information on the latest techniques and innovative approaches to air medical practice from community experts while giving attendees lots of opportunities to earn continuing education credits. Sessions featured top-notch keynoters and expanded educational offerings including mechanics technical briefings, special information exchanges, new clinical sessions, scientific abstracts and poster sessions. The conference exhibit hall gave attendees the chance to learn about the newest technology while meeting with service providers in the largest trade show for the air and ground medical community. Other highlights of the conference were the CAE Cup Competition where competing flight teams practiced and displayed their emergency patient-care skills on a state-of-the-art emergency-care patient simulator provided by CAE Healthcare and the Memorial Lights Tribute, honoring those who have died in the line of air medicine.

In addition to the events that were held at the convention center, exhibitor companies hosted private parties at various locations throughout the Hampton Roads area. Venues included Pinboys Bowling Alley, Virginia Beach Aviation Museum, Waterman’s, Rockefeller’s, Half Moone and the Spirit of Norfolk.

AMTC generated an estimated 1.2 million in direct spending for Virginia Beach and has resulted in over 3000 hotel room nights booked in the City. The conference was a success and Virginia Beach hopes to have them back in the future.

Sports Facility Highlight: The Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club – A Versatile Venue

The Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club (VBTCC), the largest USTA certified tennis facility on the Eastern Seaboard, is more than just a tennis center it is also a state-of-the-art swimming, spa, fitness, dining and meeting facility.

The VBTCC, a Hampton Roads landmark, recently completed a major renovation and expansion adding an impressive 94,000 square feet of indoor space to include temperature controlled tennis courts, a fitness and wellness center, meeting spaces and dining facilities.

With 28 outdoor courts (25 clay, 3 hard surface), 6 Quickstart Junior courts and 10 Deco Truf II indoor courts this tennis facility offers the opportunity to play year-round. The center also provides world-class tennis instruction at any level of play, tennis leagues and tournaments including the USTA championships. Tennis players as serious about their game as they are about their gear can suit up at the Pro Shop with brand name and top quality apparel.

The VBTCC offers a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center fully equipped with extensive weight training and cardio equipment, a spinning room and certified trainers.  Providing the same equipment used at the Olympic Games, Technogym® is the latest in specialized equipment and maximizes every workout. After a rigorous workout, tender muscles can be stretched at a yoga class or treated to a relaxing massage followed by a shower in the spacious locker rooms.

Multiple dining options are available on the facility, from the casual snack bar for a quick bite to a more formal dining experience at the indoor restaurant serving freshly prepared meals daily. The eclectic bar, located in the restaurant, overlooks the indoor tennis courts and serves delicious traditional libations and signature cocktails. For a healthier alternative, the juice bar blends up flavorful smoothies and juices with and without supplements.

An ideal location for hosting multiple events and functions the center offers meeting rooms and free Wi-Fi so attendees can log on to computers and other electronic devices at their convenience. Catering is also available to suite any type of affair from casual pool side meetings to corporate functions. Access to event coordinators who work with top notch florists, décor specialists, and other professionals for stress-free planning is also provided.

During the warmer times of the year the outdoor junior Olympic pool provides additional fun for the entire family. Buzzing with activity, the pool is the place for lounging, taking swimming lessons or practicing with the highly regarded swim team.

This multi-functional facility is a must see in Virginia Beach. For additional information on the Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club, please visit VisitVirginiaBeach.com .

Upgrades and Changes to the Virginia Beach Website Makes Event Planning Even Easier

Focused on service, the Virginia Beach CVB is always eager and ready to provide options to make planning your next meeting or convention in our coastal city a breeze. With that commitment in mind, the CVB did an assessment of the functionality of the website and made a few changes to create and even easier user experience.

With a sleek, dynamic new look and simplified functions, meeting and event planners will enjoy exploring the recently revamped Virginia Beach CVB website. Users can now search for hotels by price, number of rooms or meeting space available allowing planners to select the perfect accommodations for their needs. Easy to navigate maps and streamlined listings make searching for unique venues a pleasure while additional new features include effortless newsletter sign-up and clearly outlined services and product development.

To complement the new website upgrades, the Virginia Beach CVB has also added testimonials from local business owners and planners to the site. The CVB interviewed local businesses on why they host their own meetings and conventions in Virginia Beach every year instead of traveling to other locations. Based on their positive experiences with the superior sales and service team combined with first-class meeting facilities and amenities local planners expressed a strong desire to keep their meetings at the beach! Interviewed businesses represented all sectors including State Government, Sports and Associations and all articulated their desire to have future meetings in Virginia Beach.

To explore the user friendly changes, designed to provide a more efficient and enjoyable experience and to hear testimonials from satisfied local customers please visit VisitVirginiaBeach.com.