2021 Virtual Awards and Annual Meeting

May 7, 2021     9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

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Now more than ever is time to highlight the people and places that make the Richmond Region an award-winning travel destination. Join us for our virtual annual tourism awards program and the debut of the new local advertising campaign.

Win a Work From Downtown Package
Register for our Annual Meeting and have a chance to win a Work From Downtown Staycation brought to you by Venture Richmond and Hilton Richmond Downtown! The package will include a three day/two night stay (Monday-Wednesday) for two, complimentary breakfast, parking and restaurant gift certificates. $500+ value! *You must be virtually present to win.

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The Tourism Impact Award
The Tourism Impact Award is the highest honor given each year. Receiving the prestigious   2021 Tourism Impact Awards will be Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association 



Chairman's Award




The Chairman's Award
The Chairman’s Award is awarded to a person or organization who has been a significant asset and made the greatest contribution during the previous year. Receiving the 2021 Chairman's Award will be Dr. Danny Avula, Director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments. *Photo Credit: Clement Britt and Richmond Times Dispatch


Additional award winners will be announced at the event.

Andrea Lyons



Event Host
Andréa Lyons is the CEO and Executive Producer at All About Presentation, an international woman and minority-owned live and virtual event strategy and management company.



This event is produced by the Richmond Region Tourism Foundation. The mission is to advance the impact and benefit of tourism on the Richmond Region by supporting and investing in local education, diversity and inclusion and sports tourism programs. Make a tax-deductible donation today.

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Congratulations again to our 2020 Award Recipients:

The Tourism Impact Award
Hanover County Administrator Cecil R. “Rhu” Harris Jr. and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director Alex Nyerges.

Chairman's Award
BLK RVA Action Team: Enjoli Moon, chair; Josh Epperson; Amy Wentz; and Free Bangura.

MVP Sports Tourism Award: ESPN Radio

Dedicated Partner Award: The Mill at Fine Creek

Restaurant Partner of the Year: Lehja

Attraction Partner of the Year: Colonial Downs and Rosie’s Gaming Emporium

Tourism Event of the Year: Henricus Foundation’s Hops in the Park

Hotel Partner of the Year: Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa / Short Pump 

Unsung Hero: Britt Thurman, Science Museum of Virginia                                        

Customer Service Award: Mary Garriques, Capital Ale House

Rising Star: Brian Beard, River City Food Tours

Tourism Leadership Award: John Cario, Hilton Richmond Downtown/HRI Lodging


Artwork (C) Hamilton Glass