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What's New in Newport News Tourism



The road trip invites visitors (and residents, too!) to experience the wonderful mix between “urban” Newport News and its nearby “rural” neighbor of Smithfield.  “Although vacationing might be a little challenging right now, that doesn’t mean you can’t get out of the house for a quick road trip,” said Rebecca Cutchins, Media Relations Manager with Newport News Tourism. “Short trips by car allow you to pick and choose where you go and what you do, based on your interests and comfort level.” From the quaint, walkable downtown streets of Smithfield to the city landscape of Newport News, suggestions are provided for staying outdoors and staying safe, all while having fun. Guests are encouraged to visit the public art in both cities, from the numerous sculptures that dot the landscape throughout Newport News to the porcelain painted pigs and bronze statues that line Main Street in downtown Smithfield. They’re also invited to experience Newport News Park, the largest municipal park east of the Mississippi, and the 208-acre Windsor Castle Park along the banks of the Pagan River. Shopping at local farmers’ markets is suggested, as is al fresco dining and stops at local breweries and distilleries found in both destinations. A total of $866,504 in grant funds were awarded to 90 tourism offices across the Commonwealth. These grants, said Governor Ralph Northam, give localities “the ability to market their destination as safe and welcoming when visitors are ready to resume travel.” Click here to see the itinerary.


While these uncertain times have made meeting planning quite challenging, the Holiday Inn Newport News-Hampton has pledged to abide by the IHG Way of Clean Program. Click here to read their Meeting with Confidence Flyer.


The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, along with so many other organizations, has been there for our community during this unprecedented time! On July 16, an in-person job fair, as well as a virtual event, took place. About 100 job seekers turned out at the event and as many as 380 registered for the virtual fair. At the Newport News Marriott, multiple hand sanitizer stations were set up, and social distancing practices were in place while still maintaining true business connections. 

Elisa Henandez, Program Director of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce commented on the event, “This was the first in person event in months and we felt it went well considering everything we were up against. The job seekers and exhibitors both appreciated that we were willing to host an in-person event. The job-seeker count was lower than the past; however, it hit our expectations based on quality. There were several on-site interviews that took place with qualified candidates. I am proud to say we hosted a larger in-person event that went very well and, looking back, I would do it just the same.”

Click here to see photos of the in-person event, posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page.


Cheryl Morales, Marketing Manager for Newport News Tourism, hosts “What’s New in Newport News," a 30-minute show that airs daily on Newport News TV, Cox 11 and Verizon 19. On July 15, 2020, she sat down, virtually, with Eric Terry, President of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association, and Ray Mattes, President and CEO for Retail Alliance, the retail merchants association, to talk about their organizations, how our industry is coping during the pandemic, and how their organizations are directly helping our community during these times. Click here to see the entire interview.