Newport News Tourism

Newport News Tourism (NNT) is a division of the Department of Communications. We are employees of the City of Newport News. NNT is located at 702 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606. The Newport News Visitor Center (NNVC) is sanctioned by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia’s state travel office, and is a part of NNT. The NNVC is located at 13560 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA 23603. NNT is funded by the City of Newport News' General Fund. 


In 1986, Newport News became involved in two regional tourism programs. The first was the Virginia Peninsula Tourism & Conference Bureau, funded by the cities of Newport News, Hampton, Poquoson and York County; and the second was the Virginia Peninsula Tourist Information Center, which was under the direction of Newport News’ Department of Libraries and Information.

As tourism trends changed, the focus on the Virginia Peninsula as a collective marketing effort faded, and more attention was given to each individual locality promoting itself. In 1993, Newport News Tourism was established and operated for two years under a contract with Christopher Newport University.

On July 1, 1995, Newport News Tourism became one division under the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. The tourism division set the stage for a more unified effort in promoting the city, including its hotels, attractions, events and restaurants.

Mission & More

The mission of Newport News Tourism is to enthusiastically promote the City of Newport News and its hospitality industry through creative marketing initiatives and cooperative programs that will increase revenue, visitation and awareness. Similarly, the mission of the Newport News Visitor Center to enthusiastically exceed the needs of our visitors while marketing Newport News accommodations, attractions, events, restaurants, shopping venues, etc. that will ultimately cause them to spend more money in our city.

Community Awareness

Train and educate City Officials, Council, city employees, the hospitality industry, the Newport News Hospitality Association members and friends and family to the importance of tourism and all that our city offers travelers. Newport News is a major tourism destination with its convenient central location next to Williamsburg and a short drive to Virginia Beach.


Build an enthusiastic, credible, ethical, professional, innovative, creative tourism team that leads our industry. A team that is highly respected, supported and admired by our city, region and state officials and is influential and easily adaptive to developmental change that might affect our industry and the nation.

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