National Travel & Tourism Week is a time where professionals in the tourism industry celebrate the value and importance that travel has on our economy, business, and personal well-being. In Newport News, that is no different with our many parksmuseums, and more contributing to the city and Coastal Virginia. Tourism plays a critical role to the city's local economy, workforce, identity and culture. One of the major contributing factors to our tourism industry is our stable of amazing restaurants. Because of their importance to tourism, we celebrated our restaurants during the 2022 edition of National Travel & Tourism Week.

Click here for a list of restaurants who participated in this event.

Learn more about these amazing (and delicious) eateries.


The 2022 Newport News Travel, Tourism & Restaurant Week contest has wrapped with over 1900 entries! Congratulations to our winners:

Grand Prize Winners

$50 Gift Certificate Winners

Winners will be announced May 13, 2022. Entry forms must be submitted by 11:59 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Winners will be selected by a random drawing of correct ballots and posted online and at the Newport News Visitor Center on May 13, 2022. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail. Contestants may receive email updates and discount offers from Newport News Tourism (can unsubscribe at any time).

Gregory Cherry Tourism Professional of the Year Award

Congratulations to our 2022 Gregory Cherry Tourism Professional of the Year: Juanita Conway, who works at Lee Hall Mansion. Juanita was presented this award at the 2022 National Travel & Tourism Breakfast on May 3, 2022. 

Juanita Conway is a thoroughly dedicated employee who has worked for 25 years with Newport News Historic Services. Visitors describe Juanita as “a delight, engaging, excellent, fantastic, and informative.” She started in 1997 as an archaeology volunteer at Endview Plantation and transitioned to Lee Hall Mansion as a historic house volunteer in 1998. Juanita quickly became an integral part of the team and donated hundreds of volunteer hours at Lee Hall.

Virtual FAMiliarization Tour

This 16-minute video gives you a firsthand look at Newport News and all of the wonderful things this city has to offer. Starting at the Newport News Visitor Center, this tour takes you throughout the city highlighting our attractions, parks, and museums. It ends with our shopping and dining opportunities, driving tours and Toast the Coast: Beer, Wine, & Shine Trail.

"ZOOM IN on NEWPORT NEWS" Photo Contest

The 2022 edition of the photo contest kicks off June 1, 2022! This year's theme is "H2O in NN," showcasing the water of Newport News: the lakes and rivers at our parks, the waterfronts, the shipyard, fishing, boating, or even the aquariums at the Virginia Living Museum. If it includes water in Newport News, it counts! Click here for more information.