- Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill - Country music singer Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is NOW OPEN in City Center at Oyster Point. "Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill" is a 17,000-square-foot restaurant with two private rooms, called "barns," adjacent to the dance floor. Perfect for private parties or corporate events, each "barn" accommodates up to 40 people and comes with a private server. For an even more exclusive atmosphere, the establishment also offers a glass-enclosed VIP room with a great view of the stage and a private bartender. Even though the VIP room is enclosed in sound- proof glass, the music can still be heard but at a lower level, making conversations easier. The Newport News restaurant was the tenth opened by Toby Keith since 2003 and the first in Virginia.
- Salad Creations, a national franchise, has opened a new location in City Center at Oyster Point! It occupies 1,600 sq. ft., with seating for 50 inside. The restaurant features 40 salad ingredients, including vegetables, fruits, cheeses, sliced meats and 15 homemade salad dressings. Soups, wraps and smoothies will also be available on the menu.
- Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) - Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is located in Newport News and is served by Allegiant, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines and US Airways. The airport also offers easy connections throughout the world via Atlanta, Philadelphia and Charlotte. It is the only airport in the Hampton Roads region to offer non-stop flights to Denver on Frontier Airlines with connections throughout the west. Coming soon to the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is the return of PEOPLExprerss Airline. PEOPLExpress will be headquartered at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and plans to provide non-stop service to Pittsburgh, PA, Providence, RI, West Palm Beach, FL and Newark, NJ. More details about PEOPLExpress can be found at their website flypex.com.
- The United States Army Transportation Museum in Newport News has converted its auditorium to a Regimental Room, circa early 1920s. The room seats 80 but has space for 100. The room has small exhibits and pictures that show different periods of Army transportation history. It is available to the public for meetings. Also, the museum recently enclosed a porch to create more than 2,000 sq. ft. of new exhibit space. The plan is to fill that space with updated exhibits representing the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Finally, the museum is currently constructing a roof over the rail yard. The roof will not only protect its Army railway equipment but allow visitors to view the equipment while safe from the weather. Estimated date of completion is spring 2012. Tours of the museum are available. Talks, either onsite or offsite, on any aspect of Army transportation can also be arranged. Both items are free of charge and can be scheduled by contacting the museum no later than two weeks in advance of requested date.
- Art & Sculpture Expressions of Creativity - The Newport News Tourism Development Office - with assistance from the Newport News Public Art Foundation - has created a driving tour brochure that showcases the city's outdoor art. The brochure features 25 works, each corresponding to a number on a map of Newport News. The public art available on this driving tour is easily accessible, with many of the sculptures clustered around major attractions. GPS coordinates are noted for each piece, so finding its exact location is a cinch! Additionally, a cell phone audio tour is available for 13 of the 25 sculptures. Visitors taking this tour can call a special phone number, enter a specific number assigned to the artwork they're interested in, and actually hear a recording of the artist talking about it!
- Interactive Map added to newport-news.org! The Newport News Tourism Development Office has developed a new resource for residents and visitors alike. The new Interactive Map allows its user to locate area attractions, restaurants, hotels, shopping, sporting venues, and outdoor parks. Users simply click on an icon to see the location of establishments for each category. The user may also view more that one category at a time to compare the location of establishments in different categories to one another. To view the new Interactive Map click here.