Desiree McDaniel | Tourism Manager |

Desiree develops and implements marketing strategies to broaden community awareness and promote the City of Newport News as a destination to a variety of groups, including government, association, religious and corporate markets for meetings and conventions, motorcoach and tour and travel for adult and student travel, and sports as a destination for adult and student tournaments. She also assists people who are planning military, family and class reunions, and weddings.

She handles group inquiries and coordinates their needs; develops schedules, organizes and conducts site visits and familiarization tours, suggests itineraries; prepares proposals; develops, designs and updates published materials for groups, and also coordinates video production for general marketing purposes. Desiree handles various promotions and housing for regional events. She represents and acts as a spokesperson for the Tourism Division at local, regional, and national trade shows, sales missions and conventions, and provides appropriate follow-up and distribution of leads to Newport News industry representatives. She also handles some of Newport News Tourism’s local awareness campaigns through public speaking engagements, and by developing programming and scripts for the Newport News Channel (NNTV).

Contact Desiree regarding:
• Group Marketing for Meetings and Conventions, Tour and Travel, Sports, and Reunions/Weddings
• Group Inquiries/Leads from all markets
• Planning Support including conference services, coordinating Hospitality Tables/Welcome Bags, Welcome Letters from the Mayor, and the Reunion Planning Seminar
• Attendance at Industry Related Trade Shows and Conventions
• Participation in Sales Missions, Site Visits, and Familiarization Tours
• Group Publications and Video Productions
• The “What’s New in Newport News” Tourism Show on NNTV
• Public Speaking Opportunities

Rebecca Cutchins | Media Relations Manager | 757-926-1429 |

Rebecca is responsible for developing and coordinating public relations, marketing, and promotional activities in support of the City’s tourism programs. She develops and writes media releases about Newport News’ tourism product and NNT for consumer and industry publications. Rebecca works with local, state, regional and national media, reporters and travel writers. She develops, organizes and conducts media familiarization tours and works with the Virginia Tourism Corporation to host travel writers. Rebecca develops and produces NNT's annual Visitor Guide, twice-yearly calendars of events, industry newsletters and a variety of brochures. She also attends regional and national media marketplaces and distributes media leads to the Newport News hospitality industry, when available.

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Lisa Kaloustian | Administrative Coordinator | 757-926-1466 |
Distribution Assistant | 757-886-7777 |

The Distribution Assistant oversees the complete mail operation for Newport News Tourism and the Visitor Center, including daily inquiries, AAA requests, group mailings, media mailings, material preparation, and special projects.  They continuously researches and implements the most efficient mailing methods, while ensuring the addresses are accurate and up to date. They fulfill bulk shipment requests for Newport News Tourism publications and city-owned museums. They also oversees brochure maintenance, not only for the Newport News publications, but all the brochures throughout the state displayed at the Newport News Visitor Center.  The Distribution Assistant prepares monthly brochure reports for all the Newport News Visitor Center’s bulk mailings and continuously tracks the postage funds used for mailings.

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