Roanoke, VA - The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced today that Jane Seymour, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress, will be this year 's annual meeting speaker.  The CVB's annual meeting and luncheon event will be held at The Hotel Roanoke & ConferenceCenter's Roanoke Ballroom on Thursday, May 12th at 11:30 a.m. 


Ms. Seymour is perhaps best known for her role in "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman" a long-running television series.  Her most significant movie roles have been in the James Bond thriller "Live and Let Die" with Roger Moore and"Somewhere in Time" with Christopher Reeve. Just last year, Ms. Seymour was cast for a principal role in "LakeEffects," which was filmed on location at SmithMountain Lake and sites throughout the RoanokeValley.  Ms. Seymour plays the family matriarch,Vivian Tisdale, in a story about two daughters and their mother who embark on a journey of rediscovery after the family patriarch dies.


Music for "Lake Effects" wascomposed in part by Maestro David Stewart Wiley, director of the RoanokeSymphony Orchestra.  Several members ofthe symphony including Maestro Wiley will perform during the annual meeting.  Sara Elizabeth Timmins, the producer of "LakeEffects," has plans to give those in attendance the first look at the film withthe movie trailer.


"We are honored to have Ms.Seymour as our featured speaker," stated Landon Howard, Roanoke Valley CVBExecutive Director.  "The setting for"Lake Effects" in Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains offers a fabulous opportunity formillions to see our area perhaps for the first time through this film."  Howard continued, "It is our hope thepopularity of Ms. Seymour and her starring role in the movie will lead to increasedvisitor visitation to the region."


Business leaders are bankingon the film to be an economic driver for the region and for tourism.  In 2009, Roanoke Valleytourism generated over $610 million in annual expenditures, 7,100 direct jobs,and $131 million in annual payroll.  In thesame year, Virginia'sfilm industry had an economic impact of more than $346 million, contributing$33 million in tax revenue and providing work for 2,700 Virginians. Filming andtourism are big business.  The RoanokeValley CVB plans to celebrate both on May 12. 


Tickets to the event are $45per person which includes lunch as well as a private book signing.  Limited seating is available to the general public.  Reservations may be made by contacting Heidi Mowry at theRoanoke Valley CVB, hmowry@visitroanokeva.comor (540) 342-6025, ext. 116.




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The Roanoke ValleyConvention & Visitors Bureau was established in 1985 and exists to promotethe Roanoke Valley as a unique destination, with an outstanding quality oflife, for leisure tourism, meetings, sporting events, recreation and business,and to facilitate the financial and cultural growth of the community as an exceptionalplace to live, work and recreate.