Events Calendar

Check out the events calendar and make sure to attend these face to face events. 

Upcoming events

    • 01 Jan 2019
    • 12:00 AM (EST)
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 11:59 PM (EST)
    • on-line certification program

    VDP - Virginia Destination Professional                                      Certification

    Program Registration

    The VADMO VDP certification is a unique Virginia-centric DMO individual professional certification. Using activities and events you have participated in since January 1, 2017 and forward, you may register for this certification program. There are two components to this certification program, a knowledge component and an experiential component, which must be completed to earn the VDP certification

    Activities counting towards the certification requirements must have occurred within the past two years.  Renewal of your certification must be done two years after it is achieved  to maintain your credentials. Before you submit materials, please register for the program.  Your registration fee does not expire, but when you achieve the VDP all activities must be within the two year window.

    For example, all candidates who achieve their VDP in 2020 must have all required activities completed since January 1, 2018.

    A link to the submission portal will be provided in your receipt. If you have any questions, please contact VADMO at 540-904-4710.

    Full program specifics are available here

    To submit your materials for consideration, please use this link to record your activities:

    • 01 Jan 2020
    • 12:01 AM (EST)
    • 15 Jul 2020
    • 11:59 PM (EDT)
    • 2020 Tourism Symposium

    2019 Virgo Awards
    Entry & Payment

    The VIRGO Travel & Tourism Awards Program is organized by the Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (VADMO) and is open to individuals, businesses, organizations or other entities located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The program is open to VADMO members and non-members. Entries must have been produced between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 and should pertain to programs that promote travel to and within the Commonwealth of Virginia, not outbound travel.



    Please enter your submissions here.

    • All nomination material will be submitted electronically using this form.
    • Choose the appropriate category for submitting each entry.
    • Material may not exceed 10 pages in total and may be submitted in MS Word, PowerPoint, or PDF. (Nominees will also bring their nominations to VA-1)
    • Each nomination placed on black on black foam board no larger than 20'' by 30''.
    • All entries will be displayed at VADMO tourism Symposium 


    First Three Entries: VADMO member $35 each | Non-members $50 each

    Fourth Entry (plus):  VADMO member $25 each | Non-members $40 each


    To pay online, please click the "Register" button on this page.

    Alternatively, you can mail payment to: 

    VADMO/VIRGO Awards
    PO Box 3363
    Warrenton, VA 20188

    Please make checks payable to: Virginia Association of Convention Visitor Bureaus (VACVB) or call the office to make a credit card payment with VISA, MasterCard or AMEX.

    Questions pertaining to the awards program should be directed to:


    The 2019 VIRGO Tourism & Travel Awards will be presented during the 2020 VADMO Tourism Symposium.

    • 22 Jun 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online with Zoom

    Start your week off right by celebrating the Summer solstice with your friends from VADMO. This informal online happy hour will be moderated to allow participants to say hi to one another and check in on what is going on in each community represented.

    You will receive an email with login instruction to this Zoom meeting after you register.

    • 03 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 07 Aug 2020
    • (EDT)
    • States within our drive market
    Registration is closed

    VADMO 2020 Sales Blitzes


    Join VADMO as we canvas AAA offices and meet with tour operators in our bordering state/drive markets. Team captains are in the process of mapping out our week and more teams could be added for additional calls.

    What will the AAA Offices / Tour Operators receive?

    At each of our visits, a Resource Binder with profile sheets from participating DMOs and a Virginia Is For Lovers bag filled with “goodies” supplied by the participants to be shared. Teams will review each of the destinations/profile sheets in the binder with the tour operators or AAA auto travel counselors.

    Benefits to participating DMOs:

    For those only sending profile information, be assured that everyone’s profile sheet and destination will be included in the Resource Binder and reviewed with staff members who make travel recommendations. Sample itineraries for tour operators will be shared or created during our desk side calls.

    An after action report will be sent to participating DMOs with office mailing address, staff listing with contact information and any special notes or requests made during our presentation for follow up.


    Week of August 3-7, 2020 - Team leaders will determine starting point, date, time.


    $100 for DMO’s participating in the actual Blitz, making calls to tour operators and AAA offices.

    $125 for DMO’s participating by sending materials to be included in the calls.


    Each DMO will need to send their destination profile sheet in a 3-hole punched plastic sheet protector along with their Visitor Guide booklet to be included in the binder. (Holders for the guides will be provided.) 50 copies of each will be required to cover all of our calls. This number could increase if we are able to add teams.

    Gift items included in the bags will give DMOs additional exposure. Consider small items, like ink pens, hi-liters, cell phone pockets or other similar sized items. No large water bottles, please. We are stuffing 50 bags, so send as many items as you would like to share in each of the bags.

    DMOs will need to send their profile sheets and visitor guides in advance for placement in binders and bags. Please send all profile sheets and gift items by July 17 , 2020 to:

    Bruce Newton
    Hampton Convention & Visitor Bureau 1919 Commerce Drive – Suite 290 Hampton, VA 23666

    Team Captains Needed

    We have two team captains and would like to have four. If you would be interested in leading a team, please email

    If you have any questions, please contact the VADMO office at 540-904-4710 or email

    • 31 Aug 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)

    More information coming soon

    When- Postponed until August 31- September 2 2020; 

    Where- Suffolk Virginia, Courtyard Marriott/TownPlace Suites and Hub 757- reservations will be available in June

    Who- You, your tourism colleagues, valued industry suppliers, and a host of great presenters

    What- VIRGO Awards and world class content to help you in your job as a tourism professional

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