2022 Sponsors

Thanks to our 2022 Sponsors, who helped make our event a huge success!

The VA1 Governor’s 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 SponsorVisit Norfolk

Norfolk, Virginia is a city on the water but never watered down. Built on character, by characters, it's a melting pot of people, cultures, and ideas.
Find inspiration on their shores. Explore their neighborhoods. Share their love of art. Experience their local flavors. Walk in their history. And never be afraid to loosen your sails and go wherever the wind takes you.
Platinum SponsorLeisureMedia360
Founded in 1972, LeisureMedia360 is an award-winning publisher of state, regional, and local travel guides, city and regional magazines, and quality-of-life publications. Digital is also a core competency. For 10 years, our digital and programmatic advertising opportunities have aided 100+ clients. Leisure is proud to be the official publishing partner of Virginia Tourism Corporation for its Virginia Travel Guide.
Opening General Session & Lunch SponsorUnited Airlines Hemispheres | INK
Ink global the world's leading travel content and Airlines co-op partnerships. INK global focus on Airline, Airport, and Tourism Board co-op campaigns, working across global offices in partnership with major airlines such as United Airlines / Virginia Atlantic/ Singapore Airlines and Euro Wings. The focus is to create the best partnership and relationship experience for brands seeking to connect with major Airlines first party data and their retargeting platform Navigator, means Ink engages with over 1 billion global travelers each year.
Opening Reception SponsorSway Creative Labs

Sway Creative Labs uses creativity, curiosity, and collaboration to propel modern brands forward. From campaign strategy and execution, digital experiences, and identity development, to broadcast production, animation, and programmatic media planning and purchasing — Sway has the experience and ability to match the medium with the message.
Tuesday General Session and Breakfast sponsorGray Destination Marketing

Gray Destination Marketing is a subsidiary of Gray Media Group dedicated to creating lasting connections between travelers and destinations.  By leveraging Gray Media’s nationwide assets, we create content that connects and deliver an audience that converts. Gray Destination Marketing, we deliver the audience, you deliver the adventure.
Registration sponsorAki Technologies

Aki Technologies, an Inmar Intelligence company, empowers tourism brands and suppliers to reach people by targeting pivotal moments in the consumer travel shopping journey with personalized advertising. We combine dynamic messaging with custom creative to adapt to the preferences of each prospect by reaching them with relevant digital advertisements in moments of optimum receptivity. With four personalization patents, Aki's award-winning technology dynamically tailors ads in the moment based on region, weather, buying preferences, and other historical and present factors. This ensures a more meaningful ad experience for the consumer that drives stronger campaign results. To learn how Aki's personalized mobile, CTV, desktop and DOOH campaigns can help you reach your marketing goals, contact Travel & Tourism Director vivian.mur@a.ki
Monday Dessert SponsorAdara

Adara helps brands win in the fast-paced digital economy by providing predictive intelligence for optimal consumer engagement. Adara connects destinations via digital advertising to 1.7 billion digital identities across 130 countries. This enables destinations to deliver personalized messages across customer journeys, driving (and reporting on) optimum revenue from every interaction.
Student Conference SponsorDominion Energy

We employ over 17,000 people in 13 states, providing reliable, affordable, clean energy to nearly 7 million customers. We're creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities we serve. We invest in communities where we live and work, and protect our natural resources. We believe Actions Speak Louder.
Super Session SponsorTripAdvisor
Tripadvisor is the world’s largest and most preferred travel guidance platform, helping hundreds of millions of people each month become better travelers. Consumers around the globe turn to Tripadvisor at every stage of the trip planning journey - from dreaming, to booking, to sharing their experiences.
Super Session SponsorThe Vacation Channel
The Vacation Channel
For over forty years, The Vacation Channel has been a leader in tourism marketing through fun and engaging videos. In addition to producing high-quality visuals, they create custom Roku and AmazonTV streaming channels, reaching visitors who are trip-planning and offering advertisers new strategies through OTT.
Super Session SponsorVirginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA)
The Virginia Passenger Rail Authority (VPRA) is responsible for promoting, sustaining, and expanding the availability of passenger and commuter rail service in the Commonwealth. VPRA’s Transforming Rail in Virginia Program will double Amtrak state-supported service and increase Virginia Railway Express (VRE) service in Virginia over the next decade. Our vision is to deliver passenger rail service as an integrated, affordable, convenient travel option that benefits the Commonwealth. We currently sponsor four Amtrak passenger rail routes across the state serving popular destinations like Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg, Alexandria, and DC.
Content Marketing Workshop SponsorVistaGraphics, Inc.
With over 37 years experience, VistaGraphics has its roots in hospitality publishing having published its first such title in 1985. Their evolution as a media company includes the addition of the most current digital marketing solutions customized for the tourism and destination marketing industry.
Monday PM Break SponsorLoopMe

LoopMe, the leading outcomes-based platform, closes the loop on digital advertising. By leveraging AI to optimize media delivery in real-time, LoopMe drives measurable uplift for business outcomes and more effective advertising across online and offline marketing goals, including brand lift, purchase intent, consideration, foot traffic and sales. LoopMe’s award-winning PurchaseLoop is 2x more effective than traditional advertising optimization, using cutting-edge artificial intelligence to optimize digital advertising to real-world brand outcomes.
Tuesday AM Break sponsorEpsilon

Tuesday AM Break 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.
Entertainment SponsorImagine Design Creative and Marketing

Imagine is a branding and marketing agency specializing in travel and tourism. We build unique, authentic brands for places that people love – in ways that our clients love.
Monday General Session Entertainment SponsorBMI

Key Card SponsorFPIS

FPIS, Inc. is a professional brochure distribution and marketing company. Since 1967, they have been providing reliable distribution as well as an array of other digital and advertising services to partners all over the Commonwealth of Virginia. For three generations, as a family-owned and operated company, they have built FPIS into one of the most trusted tourism marketing companies in the United States. Their goal is to exceed expectations of their partners while providing travelers with resources when it matters most ... in market with more than 1,000 locations within Virginia alone. Their name says it all - First Priority Is Service.
Supporting SponsorAmerican MainStreet Publications

American MainStreet Publications (AMP) is the largest media group serving the hard-to reach rural marketplace, collectively reaching 10MM households and 30MM readers monthly. Cooperative Living is one of 26 publications making up the AMP family of magazines, going out to nearly 600,000 homes and 1.7MM readers across Virginia every month.
Supporting SponsorAdvance Travel and Tourism

Advance Travel and Tourism partners with DMOs, attractions, and vacation rental companies in the southeast for innovative, creative, and measurable digital marketing campaigns.
Supporting SponsorMediaOne

MediaOne, based in Atlanta, is a cutting edge and industry leading full-service digital marketing firm. The team members have been involved in digital marketing since its inception. This far-reaching breadth and depth of experience means you’ll benefit from it. MediaOne will deliver the measurable results and accountability that you need, expect and deserve for your digital marketing campaigns
Speaker SponsorStephanie A. Smith Communications
Share your story and extend the guest experience with purpose and strategy that elevates your brand to reach your goals
Speaker SponsorApplied Strategies and Principles
Applied Strategies and Principles provides unique solutions with a customized approach through conversations, research, focus forums and more. Its experience with research, communication and education make it distinctively skilled to tackle issues facing firms as they grow and evolve into their next stage of development.
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, Virginia Business magazine and digital media has won awards, attracted loyal readers and established a reputation as a “must read” for anybody who wants to stay abreast of commercial events in the commonwealth.
Event 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.