In The News

New and Noteworthy
in Our Region

Our region has been given a variety of names: “Hampton Roads,” “Tidewater,” “Coastal Virginia” (clearly our favorite), but whatever you call it, we can all agree it’s one of the most vibrant and picturesque places to visit on the East Coast. Discover some of our news-worthy happenings below.

Michelin-starred French Chef Opens Restaurant in New Norfolk Hotel

The art-filled, 113-room Glass Light Hotel has opened in the historic Royster Building in downtown Norfolk with a restaurant featuring Michelin-starred French chef Serge Gouloumes.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

757 selected as new name for Hampton Roads in regional rebranding effort

It turns out the best new name for Hampton Roads is one some people are already using. 757 is the regional moniker to be recommended in a new rebranding effort. The Hampton Roads Chamber and the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce presented the Envision 2020 branding study recommendations as part of their Dec. 10 annual meetings, held concurrently.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Norfolk Tour & Event Company Rebrands to Reflect Broader Scope

A Norfolk tour company has rebranded itself to reflect the diverse needs of its evolving customer base. Phillips Destination Management Company — which has been operating in Hampton Roads for more than four decades — recently changed its name to Discover Coastal VA, according to an October announcement.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

International tourism to Virginia reaches record level

Over 1.1 million international tourists visited the Commonwealth in 2018, according to Governor Ralph Northam. Northam said since 2009, Virginia has seen a 22% increase in international visitation with an additional 200,000 visitors to the state.

Friday, October 25, 2019

CoVa Biz: Destination Management Company Rebrands as Discover Coastal VA

Phillips Destination Management Company recently changed its name to Discover Coastal VA to better reflect the full geographic area and everything the region and company have to offer.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Phillips DMC ReBrands as Discover Coastal VA

Phillips DMC has changed its name to Discover Coastal VA to better reflect the full geographic area and everything the region and the company have to offer. The timing is optimal with 2019 on track to be a record-breaking year for Virginia tourism.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Norfolk Pedal Tours Offers New and Healthy Way to See the City

Norfolk Pedal Tours invites revelers to take a seat in its 15-person, pedal-powered touring vehicle and enjoy the sites of downtown Norfolk and historic Ghent. It officially got on the road this month.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Report says Norfolk, Hampton Roads Boosted 2018 Tourism Numbers

It was another banner year for tourism in Virginia, and Hampton Roads was no exception.
Visitors spent around $25.8 billion on domestic travel in Virginia in 2018 — a 4.4% increase compared to the previous year — according to a new report from the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Suffolk Records the Histories, Landmarks of African Americans for Future Heritage Trail

Suffolk Tourism is spearheading an effort to trace the history of African Americans in Suffolk and old Nansemond County to lay the groundwork for the Suffolk African-American Heritage Trail.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

New Jamestown Exhibition Looks at Tobacco Boom and Impact on Native Americans

For years, Jamestown’s focus has been on the settlement’s earliest years and how it barely got by after its 1607 founding. A new exhibition at the Jamestown Archaearium opening Monday extends the timeline to 1699 by showing Jamestown’s evolution from a fort to a thriving port for a booming agricultural industry.

Sunday, April 14, 2019


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