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Augusta County Tourism announces spring grant program

The Augusta County Spring 2017 Tourism Grant Program supports and enhances tourism efforts within Augusta County.


McAuliffe awards over $900,000 in matching tourism grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that $927,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 43 local tourism initiatives.


Virginia tourism revenues reached $23 billion in 2015

Virginia’s tourism revenues reached $23 billion in 2015, a 2.3 percent increase over 2014, and supported 222,600 jobs.

Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes visitors for 2016 season

Blue Ridge Parkway managers are pleased to announce the spring 2016 opening dates for facilities and visitor services along the scenic, 469-mile route.

Shenandoah Valley Travel Association wins tourism grant

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association (SVTA) has been awarded $9,200 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program.

McAuliffe anounces matching $812,000 in tourism grants

More than $812,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 39 local tourism initiatives as part of Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Marketing Leverage Program.

Harrisonburg Tourism Office projects increased travel to city in 2016

Virginia Tourism Corporation conducts research among travelers to the Commonwealth annually. The reports are an ongoing study that identifies the behavior and demographics of travelers. During 2014, Harrisonburg was number 1 of the top 25 most frequently visited cities in Virginia.

City Council votes to keep Waynesboro Tourism Center out of town

Waynesboro City Council voted 3-2 Monday night to nix a proposed move for the Waynesboro Tourism Center from the top of Afton Mountain into the city limits. The reason: fear of the unknown. Well, certain unknowns.

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Shenandoah National Park introduces new Mobile Visitor Center

Shenandoah National Park has a new Mobile Visitor Center that will serve to provide visitors with information in the South District of Shenandoah National Park.


Fields of Gold receives Virginia tourism grant

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission will receive $9,995 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund.

Report: Southwest Virginia nears $1 billion in tourism spending in 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that the Southwest Virginia region generated more than $971 million in travel expenditures in 2014 at the 2015 Southwest Virginia Creative Economy Conference in Abingdon, Virginia.

Tourism revenue increased in Harrisonburg in 2014

Tourism was again an important contributor to the local economy in 2014. Tourism revenue for Harrisonburg reached $112,731,885, a 0.9 percent change over 2013.

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Rivanna River and other waterways key to summer fun

12,539,304 people visit state or national parks that feature waterways like Potomac River and the Shenandoah River each year, according to new data issued Wednesday by Environment Virginia.


Harrisonburg Tourism announces Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration

Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services has partnered with the community to organize the Harrisonburg International CommUNITY Celebration as an extension of the annual Harrisonburg International Festival.

Civil War sesquicentennial brings millions to Virginia

An economic impact study of Virginia’s Civil War sesquicentennial shows the commemoration brought more than $290 million and 3.7 million people to Virginia.

Shenandoah National Park to offer free admission on Aug. 25

The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on Aug. 25 and Shenandoah National Park wants to give you a present – free admission.


City of Waynesboro announces BOOST Grant awards

The City of Waynesboro invests annually in tourism-oriented business endeavors, events and projects through its grant program, Building Opportunities to Support Tourism (BOOST).

Celebrate National Trails Day® at Shenandoah National Park

Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 6.

Governor McAuliffe announces tourism revenues expected to exceed $22.4 billion in 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia’s tourism revenues are expected to exceed $22.4 billion in 2014, a 4.1 percent increase over 2013.

BOOST Tourism Grant released by the City of Waynesboro

The City of Waynesboro invests annually in tourism-oriented business endeavors, events and projects through their grant program, Building Opportunities to Support Tourism (BOOST).

Tourism to Blue Ridge Parkway creates $863 million in economic benefits

As the summer season officially starts this holiday weekend, visitation to the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2015 is already up over 11% from last year. Based on recently released 2014 visitor spending numbers, increased visitation on the Parkway often means increased economic impact to neighboring communities.

Best Western Plus Waynesboro awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for fifth straight year

Best Western Waynesboro Inn & Suites Conference Center today announced that it has been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner.

Orange County to unveil new guide for railfans

On May 26 at 11am, tourism officials and local railroad enthusiasts, better known as “railfans” will gather in the historic Orange County Train Depot to launch their new Railfan tour guide “Tracks Through Time”. The tour connects railfans and novices alike to both the rich rail history of the area and to the railroad presence in the county today.

Richmond International Raceway recognized during National Travel and Tourism Week

When you hear the word tourism in the Richmond Region, Richmond International Raceway is typically close to the top of the list; attracting tourists to the Richmond Region twice a year since 1959.

Report: Tourism to Shenandoah National Park creates $80.4 million in economic benefits

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.26 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2014 spent $80.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,085 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $104.7 million.


City, TAGW announce 2015 Waynesboro Tourism Fair

The Tourism Association of Greater Waynesboro in collaboration with Waynesboro’s Office of Tourism has annonced the date for its third tourism tradeshow in support of the area’s growing travel industry. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 19, from noon to 5 pm at the Best Western PLUS Waynesboro Conference Center.


Blue Ridge Parkway and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announce $700,000 Centennial Challenge funding

The Blue Ridge Parkway announced Thursday that $710,035 will be directed to addressing critical repairs along the 469-mile corridor.

Shenandoah National Park announces entrance fee increase

As part of a nationwide initiative, Shenandoah National Park will begin charging increased entrance fees in two stages, beginning on May 1, 2015.

Mountains 2 Main Streets Instagram photo contest spurs creative fun

Building on the success of the Mountains 2 Main Streets’ prior collaboration, tourism departments and Main Street organizations from Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and Luray as well as Massanutten Resort and Shenandoah National Park are proud to announce the next phase of the popular destination travel reward program.

Tourism grant program for Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro

Greater Augusta Regional Tourism (GART) announces the release of the spring grant program applications today, February 18. GART, which incorporates tourism efforts from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro, will focus on businesses operating within those localities. The program enables up to four grant awards of $2,500 maximum per grant.


Governor McAuliffe announces matching tourism grants

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that more than $773,000 in matching grant funds will be awarded to 51 local tourism initiatives as part of the Virginia Tourism Corporation’s (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program.

Shenandoah Valley tourism entities team up with Capital Region USA

Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley offers beautiful rolling hills and rich local culture.

Shenandoah National Park modifies fee increase proposal

Officials at Shenandoah National Park announced that they will modify a proposal, first announced in November 2014, to increase park entrance fees.

Virginia Tech research shows how stock ownership levels can influence executives’ pursuit of risky strategies abroad

Compensation for senior corporate executives typically includes shares of the company’s stock in addition to base salary, bonuses, and various benefits and perks.

Secretariat descendants in running for awards

Several descendants of Triple Crown champion Secretariat are in the running for Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious awards.

McAuliffe’s budget proposal places target on local tourism?

In a blow to Virginia travel and tourism, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s new budget proposal includes a new travel services tax on consumers who use the services of online travel agencies (OTAs), brick and mortar travel agents, small business tour operators, and other travel intermediaries.

Governor McAuliffe unveils first Welcome to Virginia sign at Dulles International Airport

Governor Terry McAuliffe unveiled on Tuesday a new “Welcome to Virginia” sign at Dulles International Airport (IAD), welcoming travelers to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Secretariat descendants in running for awards

Online voting concluded Dec. 17 for the fifth annual Secretariat Vox Populi Award. Created by Secretariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, the Vox Populi or “Voice of the People” Award recognizes the racehorse whose popularity and racing excellence best resonated with the public and gained recognition for the sport during the past year.


Copper Fox Distillery committing to source 100% Virginia-grown products, revitalize Williamsburg site

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday that Copper Fox Distillery (www.copperfox.biz) will open its second malting, production, aging, and tasting facility in the City of Williamsburg.


Harrisonburg Tourism staff attends annual conferences

Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services staff recently attended the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Tourism Summit and MATPRA Marketplace.

Being a good corporate citizen is strategic, says Virginia Tech researcher

In the hospitality and tourism industry, being a good corporate citizen is strategic, because it results in superior financial performance.

Virginia Tech researcher developing online tools to help users adopt better privacy practices

Research shows a growing concern for online privacy, but Internet users give up personal information every day in exchange for the convenience and functionality of a variety of online services.

Loudoun County selected to host 2015 Wine Tourism Conference

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that Loudoun County will host the 2015 Wine Tourism Conference.

Virginia Tech student workers gain valuable hotel, restaurant experience

Debbie Cadenas of Middleburg, Virginia, is one of at least 100 students who work at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center at any given time

McAuliffe announces new task force to promote LGBT tourism

Governor McAuliffe announced the creation of an LGBT Tourism Task Force that will focus on showcasing Virginia as an LGBT-friendly destination.

Celebrating Chincoteague salts during Virginia Oyster Month

“Virginia is for Lovers” – of oysters – during the month of November as proclaimed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Seven flavorful regions stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Eastern Shore means a harvest of delicious bivalve dishes.

McAuliffe proclaims November as Virginia Oyster Month

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced this week that November is Virginia Oyster Month. Visitors and Virginians alike are encouraged to experience the fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters.

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Governor McAuliffe announces new digital gateway to connect Chinese travelers to Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced yet another gateway connecting Chinese travelers to Virginia with the creation of a brand new landing page on the state’s tourism website, Virginia.org.

Third annual Cider Week Virginia celebrates craft ciders from across the Commonwealth

From Nov. 14-23, the 2014 Cider Week Virginia festival will continue the tradition of sharing delicious, locally fermented, artisanal ciders from across the Commonwealth. This third annual celebration of craft cider brings together eight Virginia cideries for a bevy of delicious tastings, workshops and other events.

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State Fair showcased Virginia’s horse heritage

The historic yearling barn area at The Meadow Event Park, once a hub of equine activity when Secretariat lived there as a frisky colt, came alive again during the State Fair of Virginia.