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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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National Travel and Tourism Week: May 7-15, 2011

Maryland Tourism Council Supports Power of Travel Coalition

The Maryland Tourism Council has joined the Power of Travel Coalition, a new project of the U. S. Travel Association designed to defend and strengthen the traveling community. The Coalition’s efforts are focused on rallying travel and tourism businesses and associations to join the growing voice of tourism, in particular during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-15, 2011. National Travel and Tourism Week has been supported since its inception by the Maryland Tourism Council and its members through Association events and events held by individual members in their counties, cities and businesses. Throughout the country where events are held, the intention is to demonstrate travel’s positive impact on local workers, businesses and economies—something that can be evidenced in recent reports from the U.S. Travel Association. Continue reading

Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association and Maryland Tourism Council Appoint New President/CEO

The Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association (MH&LA) and the Maryland  Tourism Council (MTC) announced today that David D. Reel, CAE, has been appointed to serve as the new President/CEO of both associations. Reel succeeds Mary Jo McCulloch who is retiring after 25 years of distinguished service as President/CEO of both organizations. Continue reading

21st Annual Taste of Maryland Legislative Reception

The 21st annual Taste of Maryland Legislative Reception will bring together veteran as well as new legislators, public officials, and representatives of the tourism industry in an environment that encourages discussion and networking while sampling Maryland’s diverse restaurant cuisine. The celebrated event is co-sponsored by the Maryland Tourism Council, the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association, the Restaurant Association of Maryland and the Maryland Wineries Association. Monday, January 17 from 5-7:30 p.m., the Loews Annapolis Hotel will host the event showcasing over 21 restaurants from 10 Maryland counties. Continue reading

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

Pimlico Partners With Susan G. Komen For The Cure® To Create The People’s Pink Party On Black-Eyed Susan Day

Inaugural Lady Legends Race and Jockey Challenge Scheduled For Preakness Eve Card

BALTIMORE, March 31, 2010—Pimlico Race Course and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, announced today a partnership to raise funds to aid awareness and research to take place on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 14, 2010. Pimlico has pledged to raise a minimum of $100,000 for Komen for the Cure. Fifty percent of the funds raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and 50% will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.

In addition to the 86th running of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the day will feature an historic pari-mutuel race showcasing legendary retired female riders as well as the second annual $50,000 Pimlico Jockey Challenge, where eight of the na¬tion’s top jockeys compete in four races with points award¬ed based upon their finish. Continue reading