Maryland Tourism Council Gives Professional and Marketing Awards

The annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit was well attended at the at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland University College on November 2-4, despite a down economy.  Professionals from agencies all across the state gathered to network, attend educational seminars, and be recognized for their achievements.

This year’s honored recipients are as follows:

Professional Awards

Tourism Person of the Year: Liz Fitzsimmons, Maryland Office of Tourism

Audrey Davenport Hospitality Person of the Year, Melanie Pursel, Executive Director of the Greater Ocean City Maryland Chamber of Commerce

New Professional of the Year: Kathy Mackel, Director of the Caroline County Office of Tourism

Tourism Advocate of the Year: Rachelina Bonacci, Executive Director of Howard County Tourism and Promotion

Judges Award: Tourism Council of Frederick County for their new visitors center

Marketing Awards

Promotion Award (Continuing Campaign): Harbor Queen Cruises in Annapolis, a program of Cruises on the Bay by Watermark

Promotion Award (One-time Campaign): Conference and Visitors Bureau of Montgomery County for the “We’re Open!” campaign

Best New/Improved Product or Event Award: Talbot County Office of Tourism for Restaurant Week

Best Printed Promotional Material Award: Allegany County Department of Tourism for the National Road Discovery Program

Best Electronic Marketing Award: Prince George’s County Conference and Visitors Bureau for OneNews

Impact Award:  Prince George’s County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau,

Best Visitor’s Guide Award: The Tourism Council of Frederick County for Destination Frederick. The City. The County. The Region.

Maryland Tourism Education Foundation Educational Development Award: Heather Skipper, Director of Guide Operations for Watermark Journey

Best Shoestring Budget Award: Cecil County Tourism for the “Ask Me about Cecil” campaign

Industry Partnership Award: Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Town of Ocean City, Worcester County Tourism and Ocean City for Harbor Day at the Docks – a Waterfront Heritage Festival

Impact Award: Calvert County, Charles County, St. Mary’s County

“These awards are a key component of our annual conference,” says MTC President and CEO David Reel. “They serve to honor exemplary work by select members as well as to inspire creativity and new initiatives among all who work in our industry.  Congratulations to this year’s winners.”


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