RICHMOND (January 23, 2018) — Today, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announced that it will fund 25 local tourism programs for its “Crush Friday” program grant fund. “Crush Friday” is part of VTC’s ongoing efforts to support U.S. Travel’s “Project: Time Off” initiative, encouraging citizens to utilize unused vacation days. In total, VTC awarded $250,000 to 25 tourism marketing projects across the Commonwealth to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism. More than 155 partners will participate in this cross-state marketing program effort.
“We are thrilled to be supporting U.S. Travel’s Project: Time Off with our brand new Crush Friday campaign. The Crush Friday initiative is an engaging, creative, and collaborative way for Virginia localities to leverage critical marketing dollars to attract more visitors to the Commonwealth, increasing the economic impact of tourism,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “This program will also help to change the way millennials think about vacation and the importance of time off not only to their quality of life, but quality of work.”
Each locality received a $10,000 grant for its Crush Friday project. Localities were required to partner with at least five other tourism businesses to supply matched marketing efforts for the project.
American workers left 662 million vacation days on the table last year. Of these workers, the millennial sub-set is the most likely to want to be seen as work martyrs. In an effort to be seen as valuable to the company a work martyr is the most likely to forego taking vacation days. The VTC Crush Friday Program is designed to encourage the millennial work martyr to give vacation a try. VTC and its industry partners aim to change that mindset and show the benefit that even one day of vacation can have. Virginia and their localities offer a call to millennials to take a well-deserved Friday and crush it.
Tourism is an instant revenue generator for Virginia. In 2016, tourism generated $24 billion in revenue, supported nearly 230,000 jobs and provided $1.7 billion in state and local taxes. Dollars invested in tourism are proven to provide a 7:1 return in tax revenue for Virginia, and the grant awards and matching funds provide a stimulus to localities seeking to increase tourism visitation and revenue.
A full list of the 25 “Crush Friday” program grant fund recipients can be found below.
|Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge|
|Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Fredericksburg Regional Tourism Partnership|
|Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation|
|Highland County Chamber of Commerce|
|Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and Tourism|
|Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism|
|Culpeper Tourism and Economic Development|
|Smithfield & Isle of Wight Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Madison County Visitor Center|
|Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau|
|Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority|
|Dickenson County Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce|
|City of Galax|
|Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau|
|Prince William County Office of Tourism|
|Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce|
|Danville/Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce|
|Floyd County Tourism Office|
|Mecklenburg County Tourism Office|
|Town of Marion|
|Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center|