2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors and Exhibitors!

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 SponsorRichmond Region Tourism

As the region's primary marketer, Richmond Region Tourism warmly welcomes meeting planners, tournament organizers, tour operators, travel media and leisure travelers. A nonprofit organization, Richmond Region Tourism offers a comprehensive array of information and services to help the local hospitality industry benefit from the powerful economic engine that is tourism.
Gold Event SponsorLeisureMedia360
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.
Silver Event SponsorSimpleview

Since 2001, Simpleview has empowered more than 900 destination marketing organizations (DMOs) with customized tools, knowledge and creativity to help tell these destinations' unique stories. We believe the world's top cities and smallest towns each have a role to play in promoting travel and tourism, and we’re here to provide solutions that are built for the way your destination marketing works.
Content Marketing Workshop SponsorVista 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.
Registration SponsorSTR

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.
Super Session SponsorSIR

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.
Keynote SponsorVisitNorfolk

VisitNorfolk exists to promote Norfolk's unique experiences and expansive amenities to residents and visitors as the best city of its kind to start, study, and stay.
Keynote Sponsor Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is responsible for promoting year-round leisure, business, meetings and conventions, international and sports travel to Virginia’s most populous city. Virginia Beach also is the number one vacation destination in Virginia. As the official destination marketing organization for the coastal city, the Virginia Beach CVB is responsible for ongoing advocacy for the tourism and hospitality industry – which is one of Virginia Beach’s largest industries. To drive tourism revenue that powers our local economy, the Virginia Beach CVB also focuses on attracting tourism product development to ensure our destination stays competitive.
Super Session Sponsor Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

For 25 years, Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine has been the definitive guide to outdoor sports, health, and adventure travel in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Distributed every month from Baltimore to Atlanta, Blue Ridge Outdoors features the best destinations for outdoor adventure. BlueRidgeOutdoors.com delivers fresh daily outdoor news and blogs, along with exclusive videos and regional tunes.
Workshop SponsorTripAdvisor
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.
Wellness Kit SponsorThe Image Group

The Image Group (formerly 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.
Wellness Kit SponsorVirginia 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.
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.
ExhibitorVirginia Peninsula Photography

Virginia Peninsula Photography is a Google Street View Trusted commercial photographer with over 30 years experience serving all of Virginia.
ExhibitorExpedia Group Media Solutions

Expedia Group is the world’s travel platform, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world’s most trusted online travel brands.
ExhibitorThe Local Palate

The Local Palate celebrates the rich and diverse food culture of the South, highlighting the people and places that make it the most dynamic culinary region in the country. Here, food and drink are more than sustenance—they’re a way of life. Covering everything from the time-honored recipes and traditions that reveal regional nuance to emerging destinations to inspire the modern traveler to the people shaping today’s culinary landscape, we connect readers to what makes food in the South distinct.