Tourism is BIG Business

Jane and Elected Officials  Susan and Bart  Annual Meeting Dining

(Photos - Jane Seymour accepts the key to the Valley from local leaders.  Susan Short, RVCVB President, passes the gavel to Bart Wilner during the Annual Meeting with a record crowd in attendance.)


Actress Jane Seymour Creates a BUZZ in the
 Community and Tourism Leaders are Recognized

The Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (RVCVB) hosted an Annual Meeting like never before for nearly 550 people last month.  Actress Jane Seymour played a starring role during an interview with RVCVB Incoming Board President, Bart Wilner, highlighting this region's ability to attract feature films and the economic impact it brings to an area.  "Tourism is BIG Business," as stated by both Susan Short and Bart Wilner, reminding us of the far reaching impact that films, meetings, travel articles and more have on influencing visitor decisions to travel here.  Take a look at what Jane Seymour says about her first impressions of the region prior to filming "Lake Effects".


Congratulations to our award recipients recognized during the Annual Meeting - Susan Short, RVCVB President, presented the Tourism Ambassador Award to Penny Lloyd, representing Roanoke County and the Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary, Beth Doughty, Executive Director of the Roanoke Regional Partnership, accepted the Golden Star Award for their Outdoor Branding initiative and Pete Haislip, Director of Roanoke County Parks Recreation & Tourism, was selected by the RVCVB past presidents as the recipient of the Presidents' Tourism Excellence Award.  All well deserved honors for these leaders in the community.


Contact Catherine Fox, Director of Tourism & Communications, with any comments or questions:

Office - (540) 342-6025 (Ext. 114)

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