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2018 Tourism Awards Presented at MTTS

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On November 14, OTD presented the 2018 Maryland Tourism Awards at the 38th Annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit in Cambridge. The awards recognize excellence and major contributions in expanding the market of Maryland tourism products, maximizing opportunities to generate overnight stays, leveraging partnerships and showcasing Maryland as an exciting must-see tourism destination. Commerce Secretary Mike Gill, President of Six Flags America and MTDB Board Chair Rick Howarth and TFA Managing Director Liz Fitzsimmons presented the awards.

“Tourism is a vital economic driver for the state,” said Secretary Gill. “I am honored to present the 2018 Maryland Tourism Awards to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our tourism partners who support OTD and MTDB in fulfilling their mission of increasing visitor spending in Maryland.”

The Market Expansion Award went to Visit Howard County and Korean Society of Maryland for successfully offering a Maryland tourism product into a wider demographic and geographic market with their introduction of the Korean Way. The Maximizing Opportunities Award for successfully taking advantage of an event to generate overnight stays was presented to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce and the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area for the 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.

The Transactionable Opportunities Award went to Worcester County Tourism, Delmarva Birding Weekends and Somerset County Tourism for successfully creating tourism products and programming to bring in revenue with their birding tours. And the Leveraging Partnerships Award was presented to Talbot County Economic Development and Tourism, Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture, Talbot County Frederick Douglass 200 Committee, Anne Arundel County Frederick Douglass 200 Committee, Baltimore City Frederick Douglass 200 Committee, and Visit Baltimore for “The Year of Frederick Douglass,” which packaged complimentary assets, such as byways passing by hotels, restaurants, shopping districts, etc. in order to drive revenue with overnight stays.