CONTACT: Bri Warner                                                                     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




Three winners to each receive prize and the honor of
becoming a regular contributor to the organization's blog


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (September 4, 2014) - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is happy to announce the names of the winners for its first blogging contest.


The blog entries of locals Samantha Tobias and Rachael Palm, as well as Karen Dawkins from Raleigh, North Carolina were crowned the winners for this year's contest. Their blog entries can be found here: Summer-7-Days-of-Heaven-by-Samantha-Tobias/4/ Palm/9/ Dawkins/13/  


The CACVB introduced its first blogging contest in June 2014 when launching its annual „Play Local, Stay Local‟ campaign, which invites Charlottesville and Albemarle County residents to take advantage of the many attractions in our area during their summer vacation. The contest called for creative blog entries that highlight our area as a fantastic place for locals to "play" throughout the summer.


All blog submissions were posted on the CACVB website, and linked to the Experience Charlottesville Facebook page. At the conclusion of the summer, the three entries with the most engagement (likes, comments, shares) were determined the winners. Entries were accepted through August 15.


The winners each received a $150 Visa gift card, were featured on the CACVB blog and Facebook page, and are also invited to be regular contributors to the blog.


Winner Karen Dawkins was thrilled with the experience: "As a professional travel writer, I get to visit interesting destinations. Charlottesville, with its strong history, friendly people and charming downtown, stole my heart -- which made writing about it a joy."

The CACVB‟s Executive Director, Kurt Burkhart, came up with the idea of the blogging contest: "I thought it would be refreshing to give locals and professional bloggers the opportunity to share, in their own words, what makes our area such a wonderful place to spend time during the summer. I am pleased with the results and look forward to us doing it again next year!"


About the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB)
In addition to serving as the global resource for marketing the tourism assets of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, through, the CACVB assists tour operators, meeting planners, reunions and other groups in planning visits to the destination. CACVB's mission is to enhance the economic prosperity of City and County by promoting, selling and marketing the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle, as a destination, in pursuit of the meetings and tourism markets CACVB operates the Downtown Visitor Center (610 E Main St) which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a satellite Visitor Center in the Albemarle County Office Building (401 McIntire Rd) which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a touch-screen kiosk at Monticello's Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.

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