The Commonwealth of Virginia targets the Indian market
November 21, 2011: In a bid to entice Indians to their state, Hon. Robert F McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia and First Lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, recently concluded a seven-day visit to India. The Governor’s delegation aimed to promote multiple opportunities in India with reference to Virginia wines, Virginia tourism and Virginia as a film location.
At receptions hosted by First Lady and Governor McDonnell in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, they charmed the gathering, extending a personal invitation to all present to come and experience Virginia.
Bringing together people from the travel, wine, film and corporate sector, the Governor raised a symbolic toast in a special, 'Jefferson' cup to "strong ties and friendship between India and the state of Virginia".
Guests at the Mumbai reception were treated to some wines from Virginia as wine specialist, Sanjay Menon, guided the guests with ease through red and white wines from Virginia, highlighting the properties of each of the wines.
The First Lady spoke about the"Virginia is for Lovers" slogan, which was created in1969, and means many things to different people. Today's travellers are discovering love for Virginia's mountains, beaches, history, theme parks, vibrant cities, outdoor activities, sports and hospitality.
Promoting filming in the State of Virginia is part of the objectives of the India mission. Films such as Dave, John Adams, Evan Almighty, War of the Worlds and Dirty Dancing are among many which have been filmed in Virginia. Steven Spielberg is currently filming ‘Lincoln’ in Richmond, Virginia. His crew has been camping in Virginia for months and a gala release is expected for 'Lincoln'.
Supporting the Governor and First Lady at the three events were Diane Bechamps (Vice President of Marketing, Virginia Tourism Corporation), Hon. James S Cheng(Secretary of Commerce and Trade), Hon. Todd Haymore (Secretary of Agriculture & Forestry) and Hon. James D Duffey (Secretary of Technology).