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Maryland Tourism Office Announces Award Winners

Each year at the Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit, the Maryland Tourism Office honors groups for their achievements. This year’s event was held at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland University College on November 2-4.

Recipients of the Maryland Tourism Office’s annual awards included:

  • Savage River Lodge, located in Savage River Forest, was named winner of the Green/Sustainable Tourism Award for its innovations in building construction, purchasing from local growers and promoting green practices among employees and guests.
  • The Tourism Council of Frederick County received the Visit Maryland Award for restoring a 110-year-old warehouse on the property of a former wheel-spoke factory into the new Frederick County Visitor Center. Visitation at the new center is 25 percent above the number of visitors who came to Frederick’s previous center location last year.
  • Caroline County Office of Tourism and Dorchester County Tourism each received a Cultural Heritage Tourism Award for their contributions to developing the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and the proposed Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park.
  • The Preservation Society – a group dedicated to the preservation of two waterfront Baltimore communities, Fell’s Point and Federal Hill – received the Economic Engine Award for generating $40 million in economic impact through visitor spending at the annual Fell’s Point Fun Festival.

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2011 Tourism Partnership of the Year Awarded

The “2011 Tourism Partnership of the Year” was recently awarded to Maryland Life magazine. The award was given by the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (MDMO), at the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit.  

The event was held Nov. 2-4, at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center at UMUC in College Park, Maryland. Top tourism professionals in Maryland got together for educational opportunities and networking, along with vend0rs, suppliers, supporters, government professionals, and elected officials.

According to an article on, “Tourism is a significant industry in Maryland. More than 29 million visitors spent more than $13.6 billion last year, and the tourism industry employs 134,000 people throughout the state. The industry generated more than $1.6 billion in tax revenues for state and local governments.”

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Tourism Day in Annapolis- save the date!

Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit Celebrates 30th Anniversary at Annual Event

As a public/private partnership of the Maryland Tourism Council, Maryland Tourism Education Foundation, Maryland Tourism Development Board and Maryland Office of Tourism, the annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit (formerly known as the Governor’s Tourism Industry Conference) has been the largest conference of the state’s diverse tourism and travel industry for the past 30 years.  To commemorate the anniversary of the industry’s most prestigious event, this year’s Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit will be held in the state’s capital at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Nov. 3-5 and include  informative speakers, a silent auction, industry predictions, networking opportunities, a special 30th Anniversary celebration and more. Continue reading

Nominate Outstanding People and Projects in the Maryland Tourism Industry

MTC Awards…now accepting nominations

Every successful team has a strong leader… someone whose commitment, energy and exemplary service lead to great results and inspire others. The Maryland Tourism Council’s professional awards honor your colleagues, employees and associates whose skill, dedication, and talent bring professionalism to Maryland tourism.

Creative… Thoughtful… Innovative…

Important qualities for any successful team effort-and for award-winning marketing programs that bring visitors to Maryland! Nominations are open to a tourism professional, group or entity that is a member of the Maryland Tourism Council. Self-nominations from MTC members for marketing awards are accepted and encouraged.

View Criteria and Submit Nominations now!
Deadline is Friday, October 8, 2010
View the Agenda and Register Now!
Sponsorship Opportunities also available

Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit

Register Now! November 3-5, 2010 at Loews Annapolis Hotel

EDUCATE Don’t miss our fabulous speakers:
Dr. Lowell Catlett – Renowned economist and futurist; Entertaining delivery that explores technology and trends.
Jonathan Tisch – CEO of Loews Hotels; Corporate visionary, hospitality industry leader, TV host, and best selling author.
Amy Showalter – Grassroots expert for major corporations; Addresses how to effectively advance a cause. & More!
INSPIRE Award ceremonies honoring creative, successful, and inspirational leaders, as well as MD’s best tourism products!
EMPOWER Opportunities to explore marketing opportunities, cooperative partnerships, and networking with colleagues!
And of course…Giveaways / Silent Auction / Anniversary Celebrations
Hotel “conference rate” deadline – October 4 – Loews Annapolis – 410-263-7777
Award nominations deadline – October 4
Summit registration deadline – October 19

Celebrate Tourism Day the Grassroots Way

Celebrate Maryland Tourism Week by volunteering your time to help clean, plant, learn, and have fun!

During lunch hear updates from John Ohler, Tuckahoe State Park Manager, Nita Settina from Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Barbara Siegert from Queen Anne’s County, and Kathy Mackel from Caroline County.

Give Back! Tree and perennial planting, mulching, trimming… Just ask those that attended last year, it was a fantastic day!

Joe Fernandez of AAA World Magazine, an MTC Booard member and annual partner, said “it was awesome spending the day with other volunteers with a common goal, fun conversations, and spectacular weather made for a really memorable day. Knowing that as a team, we helped make a great place a bit nicer made it all the better.”