Thursday, May 4, 2017

DISCOVER PRINCE WILLIAM & MANASSAS HONORED WITH 2017 VIRGO AWARD

Manassas, Virginia – May 4, 2017 – Discover Prince William & Manassas, the destination marketing organization for Prince William County & Manassas, Virginia, received a VIRGO award at this year’s Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (now the Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (VADMO) 2017 Tourism Symposium on April 2nd and 3rd at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia.

The 2016 VIRGO awards pay tribute to individuals, groups, businesses and destination marketing organizations that significantly contribute to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economy through tourism promotion and development. VADMO (previously VACVB) awarded Discover Prince William & Manassas in the category of Sales Manager of the Year. The award was given to Mike Stoupa, Sales Manager for the organization and honored his leading sales activities performed at the 2015 Your Military Reunion Connection (YMRC) Conference.

The Discover Prince William & Manassas Sales Department welcomed 18 military reunion planners and their guests (a total of 30 attendees) from Your Military Reunion Connection (YMRC) to the Comfort Suites Manassas. These military reunion planners represented 17 different reunion organizations and came from all across the United States. They travelled from New Jersey, Texas, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Iowa, Missouri, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, and Illinois. The majority of the planners were associated with the Navy (12 planners), however the Air Force (3 planners), Marine Corps (2 planners) and Army (1 planner) had representation as well.

After the conclusion of the YMRC conference, Mr. Stoupa received an influx of request for proposals (RFPs) and actively pursued eight overnight leads of varying sizes. Three reunion groups were booked as a direct result of the 2015 YMRC Conference accruing over $44,000 in room revenue. Mr. Stoupa’s exceptional sales skills and efforts with organizing the 2015 YMRC Conference were palpable in the subsequent economic impact it had on tourism in Prince William & Manassas.

Discover Prince William & Manassas is the Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing Prince William County and Manassas, Virginia as a destination for leisure and business travelers, group tours, weddings, conferences, meetings and events. For more information please visit discoverpwm.com or follow us on Twitter @DiscoverPWM

The Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations is a not-for profit 501(c)(6) membership organization made up of destination marketing organizations, visitor bureaus, and the companies that support them. Since it started in 1978, the organization has been promoting professionalism within the Virginia tourism industry and has worked on behalf of its members to make sure that tourism and travel continue to be strong economic drivers in the VADMO 11 Main St. Suite D Warrenton - VA – 20186 (540) 904-4710 www.vadmo.org info@vadmo.org 3 Commonwealth’s economy. For more information about VADMO please visit www.vacvb.com or contact the organization at +1 540-904-4710.

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