Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that five Cape Charles Organizations received a total of $52,470 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Tourism Marketing Programs. In total, VTC awarded more than $3.2 million for 236 local and regional tourism marketing programs across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.
Our local grant recipients included: 1) Cape Charles Community Sailing received a $3,000 grant for their “Anchored in Community” project, 2) The Town of Cape Charles received a $20,000 grant for their “Cape Charles Discovery” program, 3) The Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles received a $15,970.00 grant for their “Experience Your Haven On the Shore” project, 4) Cape Charles Main Street received a $7,500 grant for their project “Make Your Festive Friday a Festive Weekend”, and 5) Citizens for Central Park received a $6,000.00 grant for their Summer Concerts in the Park series.
“We are thrilled to see so many grant recipients this season from Cape Charles, whose projects not only promote our town as a tourism destination but bring us together as a community,” said Karen Zamorski, Executive Director of Cape Charles Main Street.
Using the hub and spoke tourism partnership model, Virginia entities partner to apply for funding. Partners may consist of Virginia cities, towns, counties, convention and visitors’ bureaus, chambers of commerce, other local or regional destination marketing organizations, private businesses, museums, attractions, cultural events, and other tourism-related businesses. “VTC’s tourism marketing and sponsorship programs are designed to increase visitor spending by leveraging limited marketing dollars, to stimulate new tourism marketing through partnerships, and to extend the “Virginia is for Lovers” brand to drive visitation,” said Rita McClenny, VTC President and CEO. More information on VTC’s Marketing Leverage and Regional Marketing Programs can be found at vatc.org/grants.
“VTC’s marketing and sponsorship programs are powerful incentives creating tourism
partnerships across Virginia that are a robust part of Virginia’s economic ecosystem,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “From first-time applicants like Foxfield Races and Paradise Springs Winery to large music festivals in Hampton Roads and Southwest Virginia driving inbound overnight visitation, these programs show that tourism and tourism partnerships help Virginia’s vibrant communities grow and thrive.”
“Driving inbound out-of-state overnight visitation is a key economic strategy and the VTC grant and sponsorship programs help create unique partnerships that have tangible economic impacts across Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Caren Merrick. “Many of these programs also support regional marketing initiatives designed to encourage Virginians to explore their own state.”
About Virginia Tourism Corporation
Virginia is for Lovers is one of the most iconic and recognizable travel brands in the world. Using that powerful brand equity, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is charged with promoting the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination by showcasing all there is to love in a Virginia vacation. The dollars spent by travelers fuel the economy, provide jobs for Virginians, and improve communities across the state. Simply put, tourism helps make Virginia a great place to live, work, and vacation. Learn more at virginia.org.
Could not agree more, what Cape Charles needs is a 200% increase in tourist. Can there be too many summer people? A resounding NO NO NO! It also would be nice for resident to have them here 12 months a year, it gets so boring in the winter without golf carts clogging the streets and boorish tourist flooding the restaurants. The 200% is of course yearly.I have consulted with a large group of residents and they, to a person ,would happily donate 5% of assessed value of their home to a “increase tourist fund” On a YEARLY basis.
We are thrilled to see so many grant recipients this season from Cape Charles, whose projects not only promote our town as a tourism destination but bring us together as a community,” said Karen Zamorski, Executive Director of Cape Charles Main Street.
This is all WONDERFUL news for our town! But, lets be sure we shut down Friday street parties at the Lemontree…
Hopefully Thomy is familiar with the word “Sarcasm” and used it correctly in composing her post.
I suppose it will be a good thing for Cape Charles to receive this money…as long as none of it is used to support dancing on Strawberry Street.