CONTACT:    Bri Warner                                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               434.970.3632                                                 


The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes tourism public relations professionals from multiple states today

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (January 23, 2015) - The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) is proud to welcome colleagues from multiple mid-Atlantic destinations as a host of the winter quarterly meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA).  The meeting will take place today at the Paramount Theater on the historic Downtown Mall.

More than forty tourism public and media relations professionals from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia will gather today to discuss topics of interest.  "This organization provides opportunities for brainstorming and information sharing," says Brigitte Belanger-Warner, Director of Sales & Marketing for the CACVB.  "As the person in charge of media relations for our organizations, I benefit greatly from my counterparts' experiences and knowledge.  It is such an honor to have them all here in Charlottesville, and have them visit during a time when tourism to our area tends to be slower," says Brigitte.

The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The alliance strives to serve travel journalists by offering resources that ignore geographic boundaries, as do travelers. Common threads and regional highlights are identified to offer more saleable stories for journalists that are interested in offering the prospective of Mid-Atlantic destinations as a whole.  More information about this organization can be found at

The group will meet through mid-afternoon today only. Interview requests: Please contact Bri Warner, (434) 806-3246.


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.