Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!
The VA1 Tourism Summit is brought to you by the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association, the Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.
|Host City Sponsor||Stay Arlington||A division within the economic development department of the Arlington County, Virginia, government, the Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS) promotes Arlington as the best place to stay, shop, dine and play when visiting the Washington, D.C. region. Focusing on destination marketing, meeting and convention promotion, visitor services, retail promotion, and tourism infrastructure, ACVS applies innovation and creativity in attracting, informing and serving Arlington visitors and hospitality partners while supporting an exceptional visitor experience.|
|Platinum Event Sponsor||LeisureMedia360||LeisureMedia360 has three loves. Our customers, our employees and the products we deliver to our industry. All of us at Leisure look forward to working with you on your project. Leisure is an experienced, trusted publishing partner for local, regional and statewide travel, leisure and tourism clients. We’d like to count you among them.|
|Welcome Reception Sponsor||Rosie's Gaming Emporium||With 1,450 total HHR [historical horse racing] machines throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, you’re sure to find your favorite at Rosie’s Gaming. Choose from any of our unique Exacta Systems game terminals that look, feel and play just like the games you’re used to, and get your heart racing! Rosie’s state of the art gaming floor is designed to accommodate your every need which includes smoking and non-smoking areas. For our VIP guests, you’ll find our biggest jackpots in our remarkable High Limit room.|
|Welcome Reception Sponsor||Colonial Downs Racetrack||Thoroughbred horse racing is back in Virginia, and Colonial Downs is once again open for business. Colonial Downs is under new ownership by the Colonial Downs Group, a division of Peninsula Pacific Entertainment. The return of Colonial Downs was made possible through the establishment of Historical Horse Racing (HHR) in Virginia in 2018. Revenues generated through HHR at Rosie’s Gaming Emporiums are generating significant tax revenues for the state and localities but are also helping to fund purses at Colonial Downs and help revitalize Virginia’s horse industry.|
|Tourism Works Lounge Sponsor||Kings Dominion||Grab your friends and family and come to Kings Dominion – Virginia’s ultimate destination for fun! With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, there’s something for everyone! New for 2017- Planet Snoopy is growing! Enjoy more fun, more laughs and more thrills with the addition of three new family rides plus a new event space and upgraded food and beverage locations. Pack your swimsuit and soak up the sun at our recently expanded 20-acre water park, Soak City, which is included with park admission! It’s filled with exciting water slides, two wave pools, cabanas and more!
Learn more at kingsdominion.com.
|Media Sponsor||Virginia Business Magazine||Virginia Business is the only publication dedicated to covering economic activity in every sector and every region of the state. Since its creation in 1986, the magazine has attracted loyal readers and established a reputation as a “must read” for anybody who wants to stay abreast of economic events in the commonwealth. The publication has received 17 national journalism awards since 2010.|
|Registration Sponsor||STR||STR provides clients from multiple market sectors with premium, global data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 15 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee, an international headquarters in London, and an Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore. For more information, please visit str.com.|
|Student Conference Sponsor||Fairfax County||Visit Fairfax is the official tourism organization for Fairfax County, Virginia. Charged with destination marketing and tourism promotion, it is directed by many of the County’s top tourism and hospitality leaders. Download the free app at www.fxva.com/mobile. Join the conversation online at Facebook.com/VisitFairfaxVA or on Twitter and Instagram at @VisitFairfax. Hashtag: #FXVA|
|Social Media Sponsor||TripAdvisor||TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel platform, helps 490 million travelers each month make every trip their best trip. Travelers across the globe use the TripAdvisor site and app to browse more than 760 million reviews and opinions of 8.3 million accommodations, restaurants, experiences, airlines and cruises. Whether planning or on a trip, travelers turn to TripAdvisor to compare low prices on hotels, flights and cruises, book popular tours and attractions, as well as reserve tables at great restaurants.|
|Dessert Break Sponsor||Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services||Established in 1877, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship. The agency is headquartered in Richmond and has several field offices, four regional diagnostic animal health laboratories and a global network of representatives promoting Virginia products internationally.|
|Content Marketing Workshop Sponsor||Vista Graphics, Inc.||With over 32 years experience, VistaGraphics has its roots in hospitality publishing having published its first such title in 1985. Our evolution as a media company includes the addition of custom publishing and graphics, lifestyle publishing, web publishing, website design and development, digital target display advertising, SEO and SEM, app development, event management and ticketing solutions for any event.|
|Super Session Sponsor||Arrivalist||Measuring offline response to online advertising has been a passion for Arrivalist’s founder, Cree Lawson, since 2003, when he first saw how DMOs needed deeper and broader visitation intelligence, and the need to link that consumer behavior to their marketing efforts. Cree founded Arrivalist to fill this pressing need and has built the platform for clients and agencies, not just for tourism but for any business that wants to understand relevant consumer visitation patterns. Today, Arrivalist clients include hotels, tourism, attractions, casinos, retail and others.|
|Super Session Sponsor||Longwoods International||As partners to leading destinations and brands in the tourism industry for over 30 years, Longwoods International is focused on working with clients to meet their research needs and objectives through groundbreaking research, thought-leading insights, and excellent counsel and service.|
|Super Session Sponsor||Outfront Media||OUTFRONT leverages the power of technology, location and creativity to connect brands with consumers outside of their homes through one of the largest and most diverse sets of billboard, transit, and mobile assets in North America. OUTFRONT is implementing digital technology that will fundamentally change the ways advertisers engage audiences on-the-go.|
|Super Session Sponsor||SIR||SIR is a new kind of strategic management consultancy, one that’s designed and staffed to meet the needs of organizations today — strategic, seasoned, data-driven, nimble, creative, and results-oriented. Founded in 1964, SIR helps companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and even entire communities solve today's problems and plan for tomorrow. We provide a highly customized approach to every assignment. Our team draws on our versatile strategic planning skills, and we deliver full-service support that includes market research (quantitative and qualitative), communications planning, change management, web development, videography, staff training in media, workplace culture, and diversity and inclusion — and much more.|
|Coffee Break Sponsor||Target Marketing||Target Marketing is a leading, full-service promotional marketing agency. Our Brand Promise: to be a valued and trusted resource by solving your most complex promotional marketing challenges in a helpful, friendly way. We provide you with branded goods, fulfillment services, technological prowess, and more. But our most valuable asset is somewhat intangible: the culture and feel of our company.|
|Charging Station Sponsor||Adara||ADARA provides the travel and tourism industry with greater visibility into the needs and wants of in-market travel consumers. We provide a unique, holistic understanding of patterns, trends, and behavior. Traveler resolution gets clearer and more precise with each partner that joins.|
|Supporting Sponsor||Cvent||Cvent is a leading meetings, events, and hospitality management technology provider with more than 4,000 employees, 25,000 customers, and 300,000 users worldwide. The Cvent Event Cloud offers software solutions to event planners and marketers for online event registration, venue selection, event management and marketing, onsite solutions, and attendee engagement. Cvent's suite of products automate and simplify the planning process to maximize the impact of events. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive group and corporate travel business.|
|Supporting Sponsor||County of Bath||Since the 18th Century, the County of Bath has welcomed travelers from around the world and from all walks of life.|
|Supporting Sponsor||Student & Youth Travel Association||SYTA is the non-profit, professional trade association that promotes student & youth travel and seeks to foster integrity and professionalism among student and youth travel service providers. SYTA is “The Voice of Student and Youth Travel.®” SYTA's mission is to be the premier association of businesses dedicated to providing life enhancing travel experiences to students and young people. We instill confidence in our travelers by establishing quality and safety standards for travel providers, and we empower our members through advocacy, education, training and networking opportunities.|
|Entertainment Sponsor||BMI ||BMI was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music. BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing 15 million musical works created and owned by more than 1 million songwriters, composers and music publishers.|
|Beverage Sponsor||MurLarkey Distilled Spirits||All MurLarkey spirits are made with pride from the highest quality ingredients; handcrafted and distilled to perfection in traditional, small-batch, artisan fashion. MurLarkey is a certified craft distillery with the American Distilling Institute. Certified Virginia's Finest, our spirits are crafted at the MurLarkey distillery in Bristow. MurLarkey spirits have won international awards every year of the company's operation, and MurLarkey was named Distillery of the Year by the VRLTA in 2018.|
|Beverage Sponsor||Belmont Farm Distillery||For more than four centuries our forefathers have been producing fresh whiskey in the hills of Virginia. Now, for the last 30 years, this once elusive drink is available for all to enjoy. Until 30 years ago, whiskey for popular consumption, had been made in column stills, handling thousands of gallons per hour. Only at Belmont Farm, our whiskey is produced in a genuine solid copper pot still. While others may be flooding the market, our pot still whiskey is slow and handled with care, to preserve all of the aroma and taste of a fine fresh whiskey. Our copper pot still is truly the secret of our whiskey.|
|Beverage Sponsor||Horton Vineyards||Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County, Virginia in 1983. It did not take him long to realize that, although the Virginia summers were warm enough to ripen almost any grape variety, the humid conditions favored growing grapes with thicker skins and loose clusters. There began the search for varieties that would flourish in Virginia’s climate and had the capacity to produce some of the finest wines of the world.
The national success of Horton wines has demonstrated that if the right grapes are planted for the climate of Virginia the results can be stunning. In the future, Horton Vineyards will continue to explore new varietals and different techniques in the cellar to discover the best that Virginia viticulture can produce.