– VHBA Awarded the 2019 Virginia Green Travel Star Award

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Virginia Green Travel Alliance Announces the Winners of the 2019 Virginia Green Travel Star Awards on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, the Virginia Green Travel Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Virginia Green Travel Star & Leader Awards. These awards are presented annually to Virginia’s greenest tourism operators and partners for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism in Virginia. Typically, the awards are presented in conjunction with the Virginia Green Travel Star Conference that was postponed in March due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Each of the award winners is listed below, and summary slides about their individual efforts can be found on the 2019 Virginia Green Travel Star Awards website. The website also includes a link to a congratulatory video from the First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam.

“While this is certainly a very hard time for our industry, we are delighted to recognize these tourism partners for their outstanding achievements”, said Jack Berry, CEO of Richmond Region Tourism and the Board Chairman of the Virginia Green Travel
Alliance. “Businesses like these that are committed to sustainable tourism practices will be a valuable asset to Virginia as our industry recovers.”

The 2019 Virginia Green Travel Star Award winners are:

    • Green Travel Partner of the Year, Hilton Downtown Richmond
    • Green Attraction of the Year, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond
    • Green Brewery of the Year, Wild Wolf Brewery, Nellysford
    • Green Campground of the Year, Williamsburg KOA
    • Green Caterer of the Year, Full Circle Catering, Lexington
    • Green Conference of the Year, Environment Virginia Symposium, VMI Center for Leadership & Ethics
    • Green Convention Center of the Year, Greater Richmond Convention Center
    • Green Event of the Year, Broad Appetit, Richmond
    • Green Lodging Facility of the Year, Hostelling International Richmond
    • Green Dining Services of the Year,  Southside Dining Facility at George Mason University
    • Green Restaurant of the Year, Local Roots A Farm To Table Restaurant
    • Green Supplier of the Year, TFC Recycling, Chesapeake
    • Green Transportation Facility of the Year, Capital Region Airport Commission
    • Most Innovative Green Projects, LTD Hospitality, Virginia Beach
    • Most Innovative Green Projects, Virginia Ecotour Guide Certification Course
    • Most Innovative Green Projects, Virginia Beach Hotel Association
    • Most Innovative Green Projects, Virginia State Parks
    • Vision 2020 Award, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond

The 2019 Virginia Green Travel Leader Award winners are:

  • Delta by Marriott Richmond VA
  • Birdsong Pleasure Garden, Luray
  • Oak Grove Plantation B&B, South Boston
  • Chesapeake Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Hoopla Music Festival by Devils Backbone Brewery, Nellysford
  • Peabody’s ‘Hip Little Stay’ B&B, Luray
  • Shadow Mountain Escape, Luray
  • Natural Organic Process Enterprise, Richmond
  • JMU Dining Services, Harrisonburg

The 2019 Green Team All-Star Award winners are:

  • Brent Beringer, JMU Dining Services
  • Arlie Ritchie, Wild Wolf Brewing Company
  • Amanda Slaughter, Virginia Tourism Corporation

The 2019 Industry Game-Changer Award winner is:

Laura Wood Habr, Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, Virginia Beach

It is hoped that the postponed Virginia Green Travel Conference will be rescheduled soon and that the award winners can be recognized in person at that time. Information on the conference can be found at https://tinyurl.com/qlv2bw3.

If you would like more information about the awards, please contact Tom Griffin of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance at (804) 986-9119 or Virginiagreenta@gmail.com

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