Alexandria, Virginia, to Contribute to Tourism Scholarship Fund May 7, 2008
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Emily Hellewell


Proceeds from sale of motorcoach parking permits
benefit American Bus Association Foundation

Alexandria, VA (May 7, 2008) - Beginning in May 2008, the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association (ACVA) will allocate a portion of the proceeds from motorcoach parking permits for an annual donation to the American Bus Association Foundation scholarship fund.

Motorcoach parking is available at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, a favorite attraction on many tour itineraries and conveniently located in Old Town Alexandria. Daytime permits are $10 and overnight permits are $35. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the passes will be contributed to the ABA Foundation Scholarship Fund. Each year the ABA Foundation awards $2,500 scholarships to 18 students working towards a degree supporting the travel and tourism industries.

"The tour industry contributes essential economic benefits to cities nationwide," said ACVA President and CEO Stephanie Brown. "The ACVA is excited for an opportunity to give back to the tourism community, and support the students who will lead this industry in the future, through donations to the ABA."

Getting in and around Alexandria is easier than ever for motorcoaches. More spaces are now available in Alexandria for loading and unloading of motorcoaches in the heart of the historic district on King Street at Market Square. Permitted daytime and overnight parking is available at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Additional free daytime parking is available on a limited basis at Robinson Terminal on North Union Street. The free King Street Trolley, which is now making stops from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily between the marina and the King Street Metro Station, also provides added convenience to visitors exploring Alexandria.