April is Virginia Green Travel Month

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Virginia Green program connects eco-conscious with green travel options in Virginia, as Governor declares April as "Virginia Green Travel Month," in celebration of the 40th anniversary of "Virginia is for Lovers" campaign and upcoming 2009 Earth Day.

April "is" Virginia Green Travel Month

The Virginia Green program is an important first step to sustaining Virginia's natural beauty, which is one of the main reasons people visit our state

Governor Timothy M. Kaine today declared April as "Virginia Green Travel Month," in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Virginia is for Lovers campaign and the upcoming 2009 Earth Day. Virginia Green Travel month kicked off with a special event at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, one of over 200 Virginia Green certified hotels across the state.

In celebration of Virginia Green Travel Month, the Virginia Tourism Corporation will highlight green travel packages, green getaways and spotlight Virginia Green travel options statewide on VirginiaGreenTravel.org, the state's green travel web site.

Virginia Green is a statewide partnership between the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association.

Tourism businesses such as hotels, museums, restaurants and others earn Virginia Green certification by committing to waste-reducing activities such as recycling, optional linen service, water and energy conservation, green cleaning, purchasing eco-friendly products and other steps that help reduce harmful environmental effects. There are nearly 450 Virginia Green certified tourism partners statewide, so travelers can find green options on a variety of vacations in Virginia.

"The Virginia Green program is an important first step to sustaining Virginia's natural beauty, which is one of the main reasons people visit our state," said Alisa Bailey, president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation. "We will continue expanding and improving upon the Virginia Green program with the help of our industry and our visitors."

Virginia Green participants 'self-certify' that are meeting the program's requirements, and it encourages active consumer feedback to ensure that Virginia Green facilities live up to their commitments and become even 'greener' over time.

Visit http://www.virginia.org/green/ for a complete listing of Virginia Green certified lodging properties, restaurants, attractions and more. The site also has convenient links to Virginia state parks, outdoor adventure programs, the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, eco-friendly events, green getaways and travel tips. Or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free Virginia is for Lovers - Live Passionately travel guide.

Note to media: Images and the Virginia Green logo for use in print and online stories are available at http://www.virginia.org/pressroom/index.asp, the official press room for the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

About the 40th Anniversary of Virginia is for Lovers:
2009 marks the 40th anniversary of Virginia is for Lovers, the official state tourism slogan. Virginia is for Lovers, launched in 1969, is one of the most loved and enduring travel slogans in the country. At its core, Virginia is for Lovers represents a love of life and a passion for travel. Learn more at http://www.virginia.org/40/

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