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Kurt Burkhart of Carlsbad, California selected as Director of CACVB

Posted by lbanner on December 11, 2008

The City of Charlottesville reports that the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) has selected Kurt Burkhart as its new Executive Director. He will assume responsibilities on January 6, 2009. Mr. Burkhart will report to an eleven person Board of Directors made up of community stakeholders including the University of Virginia, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. (Monticello), the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle. He will oversee the operations of the CACVB Visitor Center, which houses six part-time and four full-time staff persons.

For nearly eight years, Mr. Burkhart has led tourism efforts in Carlsbad, California, a coastal destination located 30 miles north of San Diego. Prior to his years served as Executive Director of the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau, he held a similar position with the City of Flagstaff where he promoted travel to this northern Arizona city and to the Grand Canyon.

Mr. Burkhart replaces Mark Shore who left the position in March of this year.


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Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery sets Summer Concert Series schedule

Posted by lbanner on April 10, 2008

Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery has announced its summer concert series schedule for May, June, July and August of 2008. The series opens May 10 with Catfish Jones. This year’s primary beneficiary of the series will be local food banks and food pantries. Entry to each monthly concert is free to each entrant that brings 5 nonperishable food items for donation. All other entrants pay $10.00 for admission. Concert dates in 2008 are May 10, June 14, July 12, and August 9. Concert times are 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On May 3, Cardinal Point will be celebrating their fifth year in business with a concert featuring the Cashmere Jungle Lords. This event is free. The vineyard and winery is located at at 9423 Batesville Road in Afton, Virginia. The full schedule and more information can be found at www.cardinalpointwinery.com/events.htm.

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Monday is Mark Shore’s last day at the CACVB

Posted by lbanner on March 28, 2008

Mark Shore, Director and CEO of the Charlottesville Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau (CACVB) since 2001, leaves his position on Monday, March 31, moving on to serve as Executive Director for the Williamson County Convention & Visitors Bureau in Franklin, TN.

As noted in a news release on his departure, during Mr. Shore’s tenure he made significant impacts within the community, reflecting the increasingly important role of tourism as an economic development stimulus for the local community. Mr. Shore also worked with the Charlottesville Regional Tourism Council and the CVB Management Board in 2003 to create a single unified advisory board and a designated funding mechanism for the CACVB based on lodging tax collections.

Mr. Shore additionally spearheaded the marketing effort which in 2006 brought our community the new tourism theme, Pursue Charlottesville. Many might recall the former brand, So Very Virginia. Then again, many might still not even be aware our community has a tourism brand.

The CACVB Advisory Board will assist the City Manager and City Human Resources department in securing Mr. Shore’s successor. No timeline has as yet been established for a replacement.

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