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Bank Travel Conference FAM tours announced

After the conclusion of the Bank Travel Conference in Virginia Beach on Feb. 7, bank travel directors can choose between two post-conference familiarization (FAM) tours to either Richmond or Coastal Virginia.

The Historic Richmond Region Bank Travel FAM runs from Feb. 7-9, exploring the Richmond area’s art, theater, culture, food and music. The first night, travelers will dine at the Half Way House, which was established in 1760. Passengers will then watch a performance by the Sunshine Boys at the Swift Creek Mill Theater.

The next day’s activities focus on the history of Richmond, including stops at Monument Avenue, the Virginia Capitol, Virginia War Memorial and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. At St. John’s Church, delegates will discover the oldest wooden, continuously used church in the country where Patrick Henry once delivered his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech.

Those desiring more ocean views can select the Virginia Beach Bank Travel post-conference FAM tour. This trip starts with a visit to Virginia Beach’s Cape Henry Lighthouse, the oldest government-built lighthouse in America (1791). Guests can climb 191 stairs to look at the spot where America’s first permanent English settlers touched shore in 1607 before heading to Jamestown.

Other nearby highlights include the Old Coast Guard Station, Naval Air Station Oceana and Virginia Aquarium. On board the Winter Wildlife Seafari, passengers can watch for humpback whales and other ocean creatures during a wildlife cruise.

Delegates will then travel to Norfolk for stops at the Hermitage House, MacArthur Memorial and Chrysler Museum of Art. The tour will end with dinner at Freemason Abbey, a 129-year-old restored church.

For more information on the Coastal Virginia FAM tour, contact Jim Coggin at 757-385-6642 or To sign up for the Coastal Virginia FAM, visit

For more information or to sign up for the Richmond FAM tour, contact Liz Stewart at the Richmond Metropolitan CVB at 804-783-7442 or

For more information on the Feb. 5-7 conference, visit