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The Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (VHTA) is the unified voice for the restaurant, lodging, travel and hospitality suppliers associations. The association creates value for members by promoting the legislative interests of the industry, providing cooperative marketing, educational opportunities and protecting free enterprise.

Merged in 1993, the Virginia Restaurant Association, Virginia Hotel-Lodging Association, Virginia Travel Association and Virginia Hospitality Suppliers Association continue to evolve as "One Strong Voice for Tourism" throughout the Commonwealth, better known as the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. 


CLICK HERE for our short 6-minute "Who We Are" video featuring our very own VHTA members.


Why Should You Join Your State Association? 

Allow VHTA to provide you with targeted representation and lobbying as we help you navigate through the regulatory environment with up to date information and guidance on industry issues. Engage your business on a national level as well with dual-membership into the National Restaurant Association and/or the American Hotel and Lodging Association. 

Out of all the things that I and my business benefit from by being a member of VHTA, two stand out. First, it has been invaluable to be able to meet with peers in the industry to discuss real-world issues that we all have to deal with daily. I personally have learned more from this than any other industry specific "continuing education".

Second, the eye-opening experience of communicating with Legislators. VHTA has educated me on issues, encouraged participation, and helped in getting me in front of my representatives to let them know how the laws they are considering will affect myself, my business and my fellow employees.

Christopher Savvides
VHTA Chairman
President, Black Angus Restaurant, Inc

In addition to keeping our members informed of the legislation directly affecting their businesses,
the VHTA also provides a wide array of member services including:

  • Discount Programs
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Networking Events
  • Marketing and Promotional Opportunities

VHTA acts as a hub for the transfer of information on news and opportunities throughout hospitality, travel and related industries and organizations. Stay informed with our monthly eNewsletter, the Communicator - your guide for Media and PR leads, and our urgent Call-to-Action emails - keeping you informed of the latest happenings within the General Assembly. 

What Does Membership Cost? 

Your membership dues are based on the size and volume of your business allowing for both small and large businesses to participate in the cooperative effort to support and enhance Virginia tourism. 

Invest in your future today! Click Here to learn more about joining VHTA and the money-saving options available for your business! 


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