Let's celebrate TRAVEL and TOURISM !

May 7-13 was National Travel and Tourism Week, a time to highlight the value travel holds for our economy, businesses, and personal well-being. To commemorate this national initiative, Newport News Tourism is celebrating all month long with variety of events and a community-wide contest that highlights breakthrough experiences in the city.

On Wednesday, May 10, Newport News Tourism hosted a luncheon to recognize our hospitality partners. Maddie Spielberger from Second Street American Bistro was selected as the Gregory Cherry Tourism Professional of the Year and our friends at Coastal Fermentory were awarded with our first ever Breakthrough Experiences award. Thank you to all of our luncheon and prize sponsors for contributing to this year's National Travel and Tourism Week!


Al Fresco Italian Restaurant, Benny Cantiere's, Bonefish Grill, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Cabo Grill, Canvas Coffee House, Circa 1918, Courtyard NN Airport, Couture Cakes by Nika. Cove Tavern, Cozzy's Comedy Club & Tavern, Crab Shack on the James, DeStress Express, Dino's Pizza, Fairways BBQ & Grill, Farmers Table of Newport News, Ferguson Center for the Arts, First Watch, Garden Grille, Hayashi Sushi & Grill, Indulge Bakery and Bistro, Jeff's Flowers, Juan's Mexican Café & Cantina, Kiln Creek Golf Club & Resort, Kitchen 740 at Newport News Marriott, Krispy Kreme, Little Vinny's To-Go, Lormnava Afrik Cuisine, Manhattan's NY Deli & Pub, Newport News Marriott at City Center, Newport News/Williamsburg Airport, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Scratch Bakery, Seafood Shack, Second Street American Bistro, Smoke BBQ Restaurant & Bar, Steak & Tonic, Thaijindesu Thai & Sushi Bar, Vinny's Pizza & Pasta, Water Country USA

Celebrations continue with the city’s annual tourism awareness contest! The theme of this year’s contest is “Where in Newport News Can You Find These Breakthrough Experiences” in recognition of the city’s vibrant new brand. Anyone over the age of 18 can enter to win one of three prize packages, which include gift cards to various Newport News restaurants, tickets to area attractions, and gift certificates to local businesses. To enter the contest, participants need to match eight breakthrough experiences to their correct location in Newport News.

View the contest below and complete this online form to enter,  or submit a paper entry form in person at the Newport News Visitor Center (13560 Jefferson Avenue) or the Tourism Office (702 Town Center Drive). The contest takes place May 7-24, with winners announced May 31.