50 Reasons to Visit Richmond 

Including giraffes, go-karts and mosh pits.

With an eye to increasing the area’s 6 million annual visitors, the Richmond Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau today unveiled a new, high-definition commercial for Richmond.

Close to a hundred city boosters came to the Third Street visitors’ center Tuesday morning to watch the premiere of the video. Versions will be promoted online, shown at conferences and used in the bureau’s pitches to meeting planners.

On its own, a video can’t make people decide to visit Richmond, acknowledges the bureau’s e-marketing manager, Mike Ritchie. Its intention, he says, is to be a preview of "the region’s coming attractions."

The video packs a lot of Richmond attractions into just three minutes and 30 seconds. In order:

  1. The J.E.B. Stuart statue
  2. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
  3. The Citie of Henricus
  4. Biking
  5. Rafting
  6. Grooving
  7. "Garden parties -- and mosh pits."
  8. "Monuments -- and microbrews."
  9. "High style -- and heavy ink."
  10. Thomas Jefferson
  11. Pocahontas
  12. Edgar Allan Poe
  13. The Shockoe Slip parking lot where religious freedom was born
  14. The Geico caveman developed (and since dropped) by the
  15. Martin Agency
  16. Goats
  17. Indoor rock-climbing
  18. Segways
  19. Museums
  20. A fish statue painted with the Confederate flag
  21. Cannons
  22. Short Pump Town Center
  23. Farms
  24. The Slave Trail
  25. The Virginia Historical Society
  26. More cannons
  27. The VMFA
  28. Live music
  29. Sushi
  30. Hibachi
  31. Thai food
  32. Giraffes
  33. Parakeets
  34. Go-karts
  35. Carytown
  36. Learning
  37. Canal boat rides
  38. The Virginia State Capitol
  39. Hollywood Cemetery
  40. Roller coasters
  41. Whitewater
  42. Golf
  43. NASCAR
  44. Colonial Downs
  45. The Rams
  46. The Flying Squirrels
  47. "The Richmond Region is the place, people."
  48. Hugging
  49. Another cannon
  50. Jumping
  51. "It’s a place filled with flowers. Statues. And beauty."
What do you think? Did the bureau leave anything out?

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