Virginia Tourism Corporation awards $80,000 in grants to SW Virginia municipalities
ROANOKE, Va. – Tourism boards in Southwest Virginia received a financial boost to help attract visitors through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virginia Tourism Corporation awarded a total of $80,000 to five tourism boards. The awards included:$20,000 for Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge$20,000 for Botetourt County$20,000 for the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce$10,000 to the Town of Rocky Mount$10,000 to the City of SalemVisit Virginia’s Blue Ridge President Landon Howard said his organization’s $20,000 will be spent mostly on online marketing. He believes regional travelers will look to the Roanoke Valley for a getaway. “Those people may not be traveling to Europe for a two or three week vacation, but they will do weekend trips to places like Virginia’s Blue Ridge.”
Project Outside hopes to raise $100,000 to maintain Roanokes trails, greenways
ROANOKE, Va. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a 200% spike in use of outdoor amenities in the Roanoke area. Now, a local nonprofit wants to raise money to repair, maintain and improve outdoors spaces so they arent worn down. We run the risk of loving our outdoor assets to death, said Roanoke Outside Foundation Director Pete Eshelman. The foundation started Project Outside, a fundraising campaign aimed at raising money to benefit outdoor amenities in the region. Ask yourself, How often are you using the trails, the rivers, the greenways? And then try to put a dollar value on that, said Eshelman.
Roanoke Valley businesses, customers pledge to follow safety guidelines
ROANOKE, Va. Businesses in the Roanoke Valley are starting to get on board with a new Stay Safe Pledge.Visit Virginias Blue Ridge came up with the idea, asking businesses and customers to commit to ensuring a safe environment as more people travel during the pandemic. The pledge asks businesses to promise to follow guidelines for face coverings, capacity limits and health screenings. Customers pledge to follow those rules. "This is our opportunity to encourage and ask people to wear masks, to follow the guidelines so that the businesses stay safe and visitors can come and feel welcome to Virginia's Blue Ridge," said Catherine Fox, Vice President of Public Affairs and Destination Development for Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge. Click here to learn more about the pledge and participating businesses.
Visit Viriginia’s Blue Ridge invites businesses to take safety pledge
ROANOKE, Va. – As travel season gets underway and families hit the road, Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge wants everyone here at home and those visiting to know they’re safe in the Roanoke Valley. That's why VBR is asking businesses to take the "Stay Safe Pledge." The pledge asks businesses to promise to follow recommended guidelines from the CDC and public health officials and post the pledge on their storefront. VBR says that helps create an environment of safety while getting more people back in local businesses. The Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge visitor’s center will open back-up starting Friday to help people navigate their stay.