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May 2012

Special Section: Virginia Beach

Jennifer N. Dienst
Sustainable meetings in an innovative destination.

The first convention center to achieve LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings, the Virginia Beach Convention Center captures the true essence of the coastal city with its forward-thinking design. Renewable elements throughout - Cumaru wood flooring, energy-efficient glass, and on-site gardens - convey the destination’s commitment to preserving its natural resources, and flexible meeting space, including a 150,000-square-foot exhibit hall and a 31,000-square-foot ballroom, can be checked off every planner’s want list.

Just like its convention center, Virginia Beach’s recreation and off-site venues are anything but ordinary. The newly updated Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the Virginia Aquarium make grand settings for receptions, and 35 miles of beaches give attendees plenty of sand to dig their toes into during pre- or post-trips. Other diversion options include whale watching, hiking through state parks, and strolling the lively three-mile boardwalk.

As for accessibility and accommodations, options are plentiful. Two-thirds of the U.S. population is within an easy flight or drive to Virginia Beach, and downtown is just 20 minutes from Norfolk International Airport. Out of 12,000 area hotel rooms, 3,500 are within 2.5 miles or less of the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

For more information:


Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau 
Al Hutchinson
Vice President of Convention Sales & Marketing
757.385.4700 or 800.700.7702 
vbmeetings.com

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