Smithfield Tourism Website wins State Award!

January 12, 2021

   The Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (VADMO), an association supporting destination marketing organizations and the development of tourism and travel professionals in Virginia, announced awards to the winners of the 2020 VIRGO Awards.

   Smithfield and Isle of Wight Convention and Visitors Bureau was announced as a winner this year for their entry in the “Advertising and Promotions – Interactive” category for the CVB’s Mobile Responsive Website ( The site was designed by the talented team at Louder Design in Dallas Texas and the project was directed by Louder CEO Sulen Subramaniam.

   "It was a pure delight to work with Sulen and the team at Louder. Besides designing a gorgeous and easy-to-navigate website, they also created a system specifically for a smaller destination marketing organization that has all the bells and whistles that larger organizations enjoy, including the ability for our stakeholders to add to and edit their own listings," says Judy Winslow, Smithfield& Isle of Wight CVB Director.

   The VIRGO Awards, now in their ninth year, celebrate the success of destination marketing organizations along with their respective staff members and volunteers. Theresa Earles, Tourism Development Manager with Suffolk Tourism, manages the VIRGO Awards on behalf of VADMO, and said “Each year, VADMO honors the best and brightest in Virginia’s tourism industry. Whether it is an innovative marketing campaign, a wildly successful destination event, or a top-notch tourism professional; the VIRGO Awards showcase the immense talent and dedication of VADMO’s members.”

   Judges for the awards were industry peers. Submissions were evaluated on the quality of the submission, economic efficiency, and the economic or community impact. The awards were for projects, campaigns, and efforts completed between January through December 2019.

The full VIRGO Award ceremony may be viewed at

   The Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations is a not-for profit 501(c)(6) membership organization made up of destination marketing organizations, visitor bureaus, and the companies that support them. Since it started in 1978, the organization has been promoting professionalism within the Virginia tourism industry and has worked on behalf of its members to make sure that tourism and travel continue to be strong economic drivers in the Commonwealth’s economy.

   For more information about VADMO please visit or contact the organization at +1 540 904-4710.