May 13, 2022
Dear Valued Tourism Industry Partners,
I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Let’s hope for a return to normal May temperatures next week!
#NTTW22 An Incredible Success
Thanks again for all the great support during our local National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) 2022 celebration. According to U.S. Travel, last week organizations from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands participated in the 2022 celebration. Twitter engagement alone resulted in more than 75 million impressions from businesses across various travel sectors. In the news, there were more than 160 media mentions across mainstream outlets including AP, NBC, Travel Pulse, Yahoo and more.
Locally, we enjoyed sweet success during our NTTW luncheon which drew close to 400 attendees! Congratulations again to all the nominees and to everyone who supported the event. My team has been working diligently to create an #NTTW microsite to share the images our team took during the event. I am pleased to provide the link to that site HERE.
Great News from HRT: New Route 34 Oceanfront Connector
When the HRT Wave Shuttle begins service starting this Sunday, May 15, it will implement a new Oceanfront route. Called Route 34, the “Oceanfront Connector” is a pilot program and will run every 15 minutes from 8 am to midnight from May 15th – Neptune Festival Weekend (end of September) on Saturdays and Sundays only.
According to the HRT website, Route 34 will provide service from Parks Avenue & 19th Street to Atlantic Avenue and 22nd Street via 19th Street, Birdneck Road and Virginia Beach Boulevard/17th Street. Route 34 will service the Convention Center, Virginia Beach Sports Center, Vibe Creative District and Atlantic Avenue between 17th and 22nd Streets. This route will pass by the VIC, VBCC, and Sports Center, with a stop sign now located right in front of the VIC. Masks are required. The VB Wave and Bayfront Shuttle Map may be accessed here. Guests are invited to download the gohrt app and buy their tickets online or use the link provided here to visit the HRT site for rates and ticket sale locations.
As always, my team and I remain committed to you and our industry. Please let me know how we can assist.