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OTD Presents 2017 Tourism Awards During the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill; Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, TFA; and Rick Howarth, President, Six Flags America and Chair, Maryland Tourism Development Board, presented the 2017 Tourism Awards at a luncheon during the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS) held this year at The Hotel at University of Maryland. The awards recognize excellence and major contributions in cultural heritage and culinary tourism, economic impact, partnerships, and elevating Maryland’s image as a tourism destination. “I am proud to present this year’s Maryland Tourism Awards,” said Secretary Gill. “Tourism is an important economic driver for the state and today we recognize the outstanding achievements of our tourism partners who support OTD and the MTDB in fulfilling their mission of increasing visitor expenditures to Maryland.” Added Fitzsimmons, “These awards pay tribute to the people, programs and organizations that have ramped up their performance and significantly contributed revenue to the state by getting visitors to stay longer and spend more here.”

Pictured: (left to right) Commerce Secretary Mike Gill; Aaryn Chandler, Talent Acquisition Representative, MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino; Nerissa Gonzaga, Talent Acquisition Specialist, MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino; Tomar Smith, Talent Acquisition Specialist, MGM National Harbor Resort & Casino; and Rick Howarth, President, Six Flags America and Chair, Maryland Tourism Development Board.