March 11, 2022
Dear Valued Tourism Industry Partners,
I hope everyone is looking forward to finally springing forward this weekend as much as I am! In other good news, very encouraging data on domestic traveler sentiment has just been released. According to the U.S. Travel Association (USTA), more than eight in 10 (82%) American travelers are excited to travel in the next 12 months—the highest level since the start of the pandemic. That’s terrific news for a destination that is within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population! From a meetings’ perspective, things are really looking up as nearly nine in 10 U.S. companies are planning business travel in the next 90 days. I see the light and hope all of you are encouraged as well.
As we head into the middle of March, we wanted to share a handful of timely industry updates and announcements.
Town Center Restaurant Week Returns
Our valued inland restaurant community invites everyone to join them for Town Center Restaurant Week March 21 - 27. This event offers local food enthusiasts an exciting opportunity to experience some of the area’s most highly sought eateries. Choose from specially-priced Chef’s selection, prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, and dessert specials. Find out who is participating and further details here.
National Travel & Tourism Week Nominations Now Open
As I shared last week, we are in the planning stages for this year’s luncheon and award ceremony. Nominations for our 2022 Hospitality Heroes are open through March 25. Submit yours here today and watch for further details soon!
2022 Ferguson North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC)
Team registration for this year’s event (June 10-12) is now open. Our partners at NASSC have posted and distributed a flier encouraging participants to consider booking around the event for a Virginia Beach vacation! Check it out here.
Shamrock Marathon 50th Anniversary Weekend
It’s almost here! This time next Friday, we’ll be in full swing for a busy and fun weekend. Hope to see you at one of the events!
Upcoming CVB Events
My team and I remain committed to you and our industry. Please let us know how we can assist you.
*source:USTA Monthly Travel Data Report