Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance Celebrates Thank the Visitor Day May 10 at Norfolk International Airport

Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance Celebrates Thank the Visitor Day May 10 at Norfolk International Airport

COASTAL VIRGINIA – (May 9, 2024) – Regional tourism partners will come together at Norfolk International Airport on Friday, May 10 from 9 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. to celebrate Thank the Visitor Day with air travelers. The event will feature a variety of mascots, live music, tourism information and giveaways.

According to the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), in 2022, visitor spending in Coastal Virginia generated over $6.77 billion in direct economic impact, a 13.5% percent change over 2021. Tourism-supported jobs in Coastal Virginia totaled 53,273 while local tourism-related taxes were $337 million. Additional marketing dollars received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) have contributed to growth in visitor spending.

Coastal Virginia, comprised of eleven unique destinations, offers visitors unlimited experiences year-roundFor more information about travel and tourism in the region, contact these Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance partners:


Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel – Paige Addison (757) 331-2960

Chesapeake Convention & Visitors Bureau – Kimberly Murden (757) 382-6411

Portsmouth Tourism – Keith Toler (757) 757-393-8983 x 25

Eastern Shore of Virginia – Emily Machen (757) 787-8268

City of Franklin – A’risha Jones (757) 562-8506

Southampton County – Lauren Rodil (757) 562-1958

Hampton Convention & Visitors Bureau – Mary Fugere (757) 728-5327

Newport News Tourism – Rebecca Cutchins (757) 926-1429

Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport – Barbara Rumsey (757) 877-0221

Norfolk International Airport – Chris Jones (757) 857-3351

Smithfield-Isle of Wight Convention & Visitors Bureau – Judy Winslow (757) 357-5182

Suffolk Tourism – Theresa Earles (757) 514-4130

Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau – Nancy Helman (757) 385-6649

Visit Norfolk – Sarah Hughes (757) 664-6620

Visit Williamsburg – Julia Smyth-Young (757) 253-2313



Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance is a forum for destination marketing organizations to advance greater awareness of the tourism and hospitality industry as a major economic generator, promote Coastal Virginia as a destination and encourage development and growth of tourism and hospitality businesses and venues throughout the region.