In today’s eco-conscious age Virginia is proud to offer significant choices in meetings and convention facilities, hotels and restaurants that voluntarily meet “green” standards. Virginia Green is a network of tourism-related organizations and programs committed to protecting the environment and reducing the carbon footprint. Look for Virginia Green facilities at www.Virginia.org/green.
2) Location, Location, Location
Getting to Virginia and getting around in Virginia couldn’t be easier. Virginia lies in the center of the Eastern Seaboard within less than a day’s drive of 60% of the American population. Virginia’s 11 major airports – including Reagan National and Dulles International airports – and Amtrak rail service connect cities to commuter and long distance travel routes. Major interstate highways crisscross the state as do scores of primary U.S. highways and scenic byways. Virginia’s perfect climate features four distinct seasons with mild temperatures throughout the year.
3)Because You Can in Virginia
Would you like to hold your next meeting at a winery? How about at a world class mountaintop resort with championship golf, fishing and even tree climbing? What would your team think about riding with the ranch hands on a western-style cattle drive or experiencing a team-building exercise at the beach. Would you find inspiration meeting at a space museum or the home of a famous American president? Could you do any or all of these things in one state? You can in Virginia.
4) We’ll Save a Place for You
Big places or small spaces, Virginia has the convention, conference or meeting place that you’ll think was made just for you. Looking for big, Richmond, Virginia Beach and Hampton Convention Centers provide up to 180,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space and a 37,000 square-foot ballroom plus multiple breakout space.
Need an IACC certified conference center? Chose from fifteen scattered throughout the state such as The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, The Founders Inn and Spa and Airlie Center.
Virginia has a large portfolio of unique venues that will encourage productivity in your business sessions and inject “Buzz” into your events. Check out our boutique hotels or historic inns, college and university campuses, wineries, breweries, museums and historic sites.
5) Virginia's Historical Attractions and Natural Beauty
Two of the first things that come to mind when you hear “Virginia” are history and natural beauty. Shenandoah National Park, as well as Virginia's State Parks - voted the best in the nation by the National Sporting Goods Association's Sports Foundation Inc. - offer splendid mountain retreats, water vistas and serene getaways as well as unique meeting sites. For pre- and post- tours, conference attendees enjoy hundreds of miles of lookouts over spectacular scenery on Virginia's Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway which ride the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. More active travelers experience the camping, hiking and other activities accessible just off these premier scenic drives.
Virginia’s historic sites are incomparable. America’s first permanent English-speaking settlement was at Jamestown. Our country gained its independence at nearby Yorktown. Colonial Williamsburg has been one the top historical destinations in America for generations. Presidential homes, such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, greet visitors in surprising new ways. Groundbreaking Americans such as Booker T. Washington and George C. Marshall are featured at historic sites in Virginia. Civil War battlefields, museums and historic sites can be found in nearly every corner of the Commonwealth.
Need more reasons?
Destination marketing organizations (DMO/CVB) in every state region stand ready to help you with logistics as well as enhancement of your attendees’ experiences. Our experts can make suggestions on the ideal program or activity to get your attendees motivated and your goals accomplished. You’ll have every reason to bring your next meeting to Virginia.