Virginia Green Travel Alliance Announces
Were presented on April 25th at the 6th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held at the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 26, 2019
RICHMOND, VA. – On April 25th, the Virginia Green program presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to nineteen (19) Virginia tourism operations for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism at the 6th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration. Five additional tourism businesses were recognized and received the Virginia Green Travel Leader Award, and three individuals received the Green Team All-Star Award for their outstanding efforts. Finally, one individual was recognized for his career efforts to support green tourism and received the Industry Game-Changer Award.
The conference was held on April 24-25, 2019 at the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center. It featured educational workshops, speakers and panels, and a green tourism business expo. Speakers on the first day included First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and keynote speaker Shawn Norton of the National Park Service. The second day featured sustainability efforts in the Shenandoah Valley and the 2018 Virginia Green Travel Awards hosted by Rita McClenny, President & CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation and local meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz.
The Virginia Green program is supported through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in all sectors of Virginia’s tourism industry. More than 1,800 businesses and partner organizations have voluntarily certified their green business practices through the Virginia Green program.
The 2018 Virginia Green Travel Star Award winners are:
Green Travel Partner of the Year Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Nellysford
Green Attraction of the Year Birdsong Pleasure Garden, Luray
Green B&B of the Year Inn at Riverbend, Pearisburg
Green Brewery of the Year Coelacanth, Norfolk
Green Caterer of the Year Full Circle Catering, Lexington
Green Convention Center of the Year Virginia Beach Convention Center
Green Event of the Year Blacks Run Clean-Up, Harrisonburg
Green Hotel of the Year Doubletree by Hilton Virginia Beach
Green Dining Services JMU Dining Services, Harrisonburg
Green Supplier of the Year Yuck Old Paint, LLC, Vienna
Green Supplier of the Year Sysco Virginia, Harrisonburg
Green Vacation Rental of the Year Sandswept, Virginia Beach
Green Winery of the Year Delaplane Cellars, Delaplane
Most Innovative Green Projects Civil War Trails, Williamsburg
Most Innovative Green Projects BF Saul Company Hospitality Group
Most Innovative Green Projects Nauticus, Norfolk
Most Innovative Green Projects Kiptopeke State Park
Most Innovative Green Projects Grayson Highlands State Park
Most Innovative Green Projects RIC Capitol Region Airport Commission
The 2018 Virginia Green Travel Leader Award winners are:
Back INN Time, Kilmarnock
Oak Grove Plantation B&B, South Boston
Mountain Song Inn, Willis
Shady Acres B&B, Hanover
Port City Brewing Company, Alexandria
The 2018 Green Team All-Star Award winners are:
Danny Wolf, Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Perry DeMay, Virginia State Parks
Rehn West, Nauticus
The 2018 Industry Game-Changer Award winner is:
Kurt Burkhart, formerly w/ Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau
The full conference agenda and other details can be found at www.tinyurl.com/y3awevrs. If you would like more information, please contact Tom Griffin of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance at (804) 986-9119 or VirginiaGreen@Virginia.org.
Virginia Green Program Notes:
The Virginia Tourism Corporation promotes the Virginia Green program partners at www.VirginiaGreenTravel.org and encourages visitors to plan their green vacations in Virginia.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality provides technical resources and oversight of the certification process -- www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/VirginiaGreen.aspx.
The Virginia Green Travel Alliance is the non-profit organization that administers the Virginia Green certification program and supports partner outreach and educational opportunities – www.VirginiaGreen.net.
The Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Hospitality Association assists in promotion and development of educational opportunities for the tourism industry.
*News coverage by Harrisonburg’s Daily New Record on Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam at the conference is available here.