Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Blog

William and Mary student Continued…

November 19th, 2010

Deals for William and Mary students do not stop at free midnight trolley rides on Harry Potter night.  From the recently released “Student Guide to Williamsburg,” it is clear that being a student burning the midnight oil can get one a golden ticket to a land called “Great Deals.”  First, there are, as already mentioned, the free passes to Historic Jamestown and Williamsburg.  Students, unlike tourists, can simply cross the threshold of campus and traverse DOG Street at no cost. Discounts abound at the Campus Bookstore, Campus Store and dining places including the much acclaimed Cheese Shop and Aroma’s.

More Oktoberfest Photos

December 1st, 2009
We had a great time at this years Oktoberfest.  We want to extend a huge thanks to all of our sponsors and door prize donors as well as those that attended the event.  We hope to see you next year as well.

August 2009 Tourism Statistics

October 23rd, 2009

The August 2009 Tourism Statistics are now available online in the Members Only Section.  For member log-in or any additional questions call the Alliance at 757.229.6511

America’s 11 Spookiest Halloween Destinations

October 23rd, 2009

Williamsburg was recently ranked one of America’s 11 Spookiest Halloween Destinations by

Article reads as follows:

Spooky Halloween Get-Aways

Ghosts Amongst Us -When the sun goes down, Williamsburg, Va., has a haunted history to tell. Colonial Williamsburg: offers a one-hour walking tour of sites known for their supernatural inhabitants. The $12 tour is available Mondays through Saturdays through Nov. 26, but is not appropriate for young children.

There are several other spooky events in Williamsburg this season. During the Cry Witch program,, guests can question witnesses, weigh evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of the “Virginia witch,” Grace Sherwood, who was tried for witchcraft in 1706.

In another program called Crime and Punishment, guests can step back in time and meet three people from the past who are intimately familiar with the crimes and punishments of colonial justice. Guests hear of sentences handed down from 18th-century Virginia courts and decide for themselves how effective they were.

The link can be found at

Oktoberfest is here!

October 2nd, 2009

The 37th annual Oktoberfest has entered the countdown phase. The event will be held Thursday, October 29, from 6-9 p.m. at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Tickets are $32 per person and must be purchased in advance from the Alliance.

Your ticket brings you a fun-packed evening as well as a full-course dinner and  ice-cold beverages.  Guests can ride three of Busch Gardens’ most thrilling rides with no lines, play challenging games for the chance to win great prizes,; and enjoy the fun of “Howl-O-Scream” plus a live performance of Busch Gardens newest stage show, “FrankenRock.” Your ticket is also your chance to win a fabulous Grand Prize – a $2,000 money market account donated by Old Point National Bank.

Tickets will not be sold at the door and children are not permitted at this event. To order your tickets today, complete the form inserted in this newsletter and fax it to the Alliance at 229-2047, call 229.6511 or visit the Alliance office at 421 N. Boundary St. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted as payment.

Pictures from last years event…


Winner of last years Old Point National $2,000 Money Market, Felicia Johnson, 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union


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Attendees enjoying dinner and a show in Das Festhaus


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Marshall Warner, Chesapeake Bank, clutching the piggy he one at one of the many games available to Oktoberfest atendees.

Alliance presents awards at Annual Membership Meeting

September 25th, 2009

Williamsburg, VA ―The Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance saluted outstanding members of the business community and recognized the organization’s outgoing chair and new leadership during its Annual Membership Meeting, conducted Wednesday, September 24, at the Williamsburg Lodge. The Alliance annually pays tribute to distinguished members with awards.  Honorees this year were:

  • Small-Business Person of the Year: Ray Wright, Wright Sign Service, Inc., for his positive impact on the community, substantial employee growth, increased sales and excellent customer service.
  • Corporate Citizen of the Year: Williamsburg SCORE, for the volunteer organization’s counseling services and many educational programs that help ensure area small businesses not only survive but succeed.
  • The William Washington Customer Service Award:  this year’s recipient is Richard Tate, of the Williamsburg Inn, saluted for consistently providing high levels of service with grace and elegance.
  • Military Citizens of the Year: Sgt Lawrence J. Taylor Jr., Ft. Eustis; Petty Officer Dorina Goetz, Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown; Petty Officer Brian N. Rusk, US Naval Weapons Station Yorktown
  • Ambassador of the Year: Bill Forloine, CLU, New York Life Insurance Company

 The evening was the final Alliance event presided over by outgoing Chair John Bacon. Bacon formally passed the gavel to incoming 2009-2010 Chair James Golden, vice president for strategic initiatives at The College of William and Mary.  In accepting the gavel, Golden recognized the other officers for the next year:

  • Vice Chair, Tourism Interests:  Joe Cantrell, vice president of finance, King’s Creek Plantation
  • Vice Chair, Business Interests:  Brien Craft, general manager, Walmart Stores, Inc.-Distribution Center 6088
  • Treasurer: John Hallowell, president, Colonial Williamsburg Company – Hospitality Group
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Outgoing Alliance Board Chair John Bacon (left), senior vice president for External Affairs and secretary, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation hands over the gavel to incoming 2009-2010 Alliance Board Chair James Golden, vice president for strategic initiatives at The College of William and Mary.


This years Small Business Person of the Year award went to Ray Wright (left), Wright Sign Services, Inc. Ray was selected for his positive impact on the community, substantial employee growth, excellent customer service and his response to adversity.

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Richard Tate (center), of the Williamsburg Inn was awarded the William Washington Customer Service Award for his commitment and consistent devotion to those he serves.

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Volunteer executives from Williamsburg SCORE were awarded Corporate Citizen of the Year award for their excellence in providing quality counseling to the areas small businesses.  (Pictured from left to right Malcolm Hecht; Maloy Jones; Ken Carr; Alan Wonsowski; Gene McClure; Dick Garretson)

July 2009 Tourism Statistics

September 23rd, 2009

The July 2009 Tourism Statistics are now available online in the Members Only Section.  For member log-in or any additional questions call the Alliance at 757.229.6511

“Red Flags Rule” takes effect November 1, 2009

September 14th, 2009

The Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Rule, also called the Red Flags Rule, takes effect Nov 1, 2009.
If your business or non-profit organization regularly accepts deferred payment or provide goods and services and bill customers later you must design, put in writing and implement a formal identity-theft prevention program.
If you don’t, you could face fines up to $2,500 per ID-theft incident, not to mention the usual threats of lawsuits and reputational damage that sometimes result from a data breach.
These new rules don’t apply to all businesses, but they will pertain to many that collect and store information about others – names, addresses, Social Security numbers, bank account and credit card numbers and so on – either because the firms defer payments themselves or bill customers later for good or services.

The FTC said that by identifying red flags in advance, businesses will be better equipped to spot suspicious patterns when they arise and take steps to prevent a red flag from becoming a costly case of identity theft.

Every program, must include four procedures:

  • How to identify red flag
  • How to detect red flags that have been identified
  • How to determine appropriate action to take when a red flag has been  detected
  • How to re-evaluate the program to reflect ever-changing threats.

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June 2009 Tourism Statistics

September 4th, 2009

The June 2009 Tourism Statistics are now available online in the Members Only Section.  For member log-in or any additional questions call the Alliance at 757.229.6511

Williamsburg Bike Scene Featured in SPOKES Magazine

August 20th, 2009

Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle are featured in the August edition of SPOKES magazine. It’s available for viewing from their online home page – The City of Williamsburg’s Planning Director, Reed Nester, played a key role in educating the writer and promoting Williamsburg as a great destination for bicycling.

Looking for something to do outdoors witht he family? Check out the Alliance biking brochure for family friendly routes and routes for the expert biker around the Historic Triangle.