Victoria Isley, Executive VP/COO of Destination Marketing Association International to Deliver Keynote Address; Register Now for the Jan. 31Forum

Virginia Beach, Va. (January 15, 2014) – The Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) will kick off 2014 with a free forum offering engaging discussions regarding local and national travel trends, and what we can expect of the CVB in the coming year. Each CVB division will give a recap of 2013, and share ways in which industry partners can collaborate with the CVB in 2014. The keynote speaker will be Victoria Isley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation Officer for Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the global trade association for official destination marketing organizations (DMOs). DMAI's membership includes over 600 official DMOs in over 15 countries that command more than $2 billion in annual budgets.   WHAT: Free forum: A Sneak Peek at Travel Trends and the Annual Outlook for Virginia Beach CVB   WHO: Keynote Speaker: Victoria Isley, Executive VP/COO of DMAI; additional presenters include:

  • James B. Ricketts, Director, Virginia Beach CVB
  • Chuck Applebach, Vice-President of Marketing & Research, Virginia Beach CVB
  • Ron Kuhlman, Vice-President of Tourism Marketing & Sales, Virginia Beach CVB
  • Al Hutchinson, Vice-President Convention Sales & Marketing, Virginia Beach CVB
  • Nancy Helman, Director of Sports Marketing, Virginia Beach CVB
  • Robert Ruhl, Business Development Representative, Virginia Beach CVB

  WHEN: Friday, January 31, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.   WHERE: Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, Va.; Suite 1   REGISTER: This free event is open to travel, tourism, sports, hospitality, and retail businesses and organizations. Advance registration is suggested: is encouraged to attend.