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Here are some of our recent press releases:

A new partnership between Richmond Region Tourism and VisitAble is working to make the region more inclusive for visitors of all abilities.

Richmond Region Sets New Record for Annual Occupancy Tax Revenue: $30.8 million in 2022 lodging tax revenue eclipses pre-pandemic high in 2019.

Virginians plan for Memorial Day, summer travel: AAA projects more than 1.09 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more over the Memorial Day weekend, and the large majority will be driving.

Why more tourists will likely visit Central Virginia this summer: Despite increasing inflation and high gas prices, travel experts in the Richmond area expect a busy summer travel season and the region's tourism organization is hoping to attract out of town visitors with a new ad campaign.

Tourism's triumphant return  Over the past nine months, we consistently surpassed pre-pandemic hotel occupancy rates, thanks to upticks in leisure travelers and sports tournaments. A mix of leisure and sports travel, family and friends’ visits, and events through the meetings and conventions sector buoyed this momentum.

Local Leaders Share Value of Tourism  As part of National Travel and Tourism Week Richmond Region Tourism asked the recipients of the 2022 Tourism Awards to share why tourism matters to them.

Richmond Region Tourism Emphasizes the Importance of Return of Face-to-Face Meetings for Economy  The number of meetings and conventions taking place in the Richmond region this year is up 20% compared to 2021 but considerably lower than pre-pandemic benchmarks.

Richmond Region Tourism Foundation Distributes $25,000 to Local Sports Organizations  As sports tourism in the region continues to grow, the Richmond Region Tourism Foundation is granting $25,000 to 14 local organizations to help expand events and attendance. 

Hotels in the Richmond region rebound to record levels in last six months of 2021  The hotel industry in the Richmond region made a big rebound in the second half of last year.

Richmond: A destination rich in Black American history Once one of the epicenters of the slave trade in North America, Richmond is today becoming a vibrant epicenter for Black culture, community and history. 

Richmond Region Tourism Promotes Jerrine Lee to Vice President of Sales overseeing the city’s meetings and convention sales as well as sports.

Getting to know Jack Berry President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism, the nonprofit organization offering services to support and promote the area’s hospitality and tourism industries.

Finalists announced for inaugural RVA Sports Awards Fan voting has opened for the inaugural RVA Sports Awards, which will be handed out on Feb. 5 in a ceremony at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and televised on CBS 6.

Richmond Area to Host 2023-2024 USATF Cross Country Championships The 2023 and 2024 USA Track & Field Cross Country Championships will be staged at Pole Green Park in Hanover as part of the Richmond Cross Country Festival. The event organized by USA Track & Field Virginia will feature more than 700 athletes.

Letters to the Editor: Local tourism group cites casino project's potential  Enthusiasm within the tourism sector for this initiative continues to increase. The project holds immense potential to enhance our tourism assets.

GreenCity arena hopes to draw sports, music acts GreenCity’s status as an eco-district — a sustainable development with a reduced ecological footprint — will draw interest from music acts that have pledged to make their tours eco-friendly.

Getting to know J.C. Poma Vice president of Community Relations at Richmond Region Tourism, the nonprofit organization that offers services to support the area’s hospitality industry.

Volunteers needed as tourism ambassadors Helping the hospitality and tourism sector should be important to all Richmond region residents. Tourism builds community and improves quality of life.

The Herd: New hires, promotions & departures  RRT promotes from within and hires new staff.

Tourists are returning to Richmond, slowly but surely  The tourism industry is starting to heal across the country from the brutal hit dealt by the ongoing pandemic - including in Richmond.

Inspiring Students and Making the Hospitality Industry Stronger, Meet Dr. Berkita Bradford  The Richmond Region Tourism Foundation is proud to provide annual scholarships to Virginia State University hospitality management students.

Richmond Region Tourism program incentivizes hotel meetings Richmond Region Tourism has launched a program to attract meetings to Virginia’s capital city and surrounding areas in four key economic development sectors.

Richmond area tourism on the rise post-COVID  Virginia is open and tourism is now on the rise. Experts say more people are visiting Richmond, booking hotels and feeding money back into the economy.

CIAA and Richmond Region Tourism Announce Partnership to host Three Championships in region through 2024 - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association  The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and Richmond Region Tourism announce a three-year partnership that will bring a trio of spring championships to the Richmond region beginning in 2022.

Dan Schmitt column: Tourism’s welcome back