Convention Services, with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been kicking it into overdrive this week as the city has hosted the Black Adventist Youth Directors Association (BAYDA) 2016 United World Congress. The congress brings over 2,000 guests to Virginia Beach for four days of worship, seminars and workshops at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (VBCC). Amid their busy schedule, the group even found time to give back to our community through various community service projects, including beach cleanup with CVB staff between 30th Street to the pier.


Hosting a group this size is no easy feat and requires all hands on deck for the Convention Services team in ensuring that our guests feel welcome and ensuring that their trip runs smoothly.


Responsibilities include:


  • Preplanning by meeting with hotel staff to talk about BAYDA and assisting the group with locating recipients of the iServe Community Service activity.
  • Welcoming the group at the airport on their peak arrival days.
  • Implementing Welcome Messaging throughout the city, including signage, window clings,  and pavement markers at shuttle stops, as well as buttons for front line staff in all official hotels, Convention Center , Airport and shuttle staff
  • Contracting and managing shuttle service between the VBCC and official hotels
  • Shuttling ambassadors at official hotels
  • Setting up manned and unmanned welcome desks at the VBCC
  • Hosting a beach party with Beach Street USA


With thousands of guests visiting from all over the country, we are proud of the remarkable job our Convention Services team has done, as well as the effort given by the staffs at the Convention Center and Visitor Information Center, to ensure that our visitors enjoy their time living the life in Virginia Beach.

 Jamie and Teresa at BAYDA Beach Cleanup