BEST Destination Guide…BEST Website and BEST Small Event for Welcome Center’s “Infotainment!”
(Ellicott City, MD) On November 14-16, 2012, the Maryland Tourism Council hosted the must-attend annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit (formerly the Governor’s Tourism Industry Conference) at the posh Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Spa & Marina: the premier statewide summit / tradeshow, co-sponsored by the Maryland Office of Tourism. This year’s Summit, chaired by Howard County’s own Rachelina Bonacci, had record-breaking sponsorship and excellent industry-wide attendance. The Summit offers outstanding guest speakers, educational workshops and prestigious industry awards. This year, Howard County Tourism & Promotion won three marketing awards. “It was an honor to chair the 2012 Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit, and I’m thrilled that the Howard County Tourism Team “hat-tricked” at the awards banquet, winning three of the eight marketing awards offered, for our NEW Visitor Guide, NEW Website & NEW Welcome Center programming” said Rachelina Bonacci, Executive Director, Howard County Tourism & Promotion.
Best Destination Guide Award
HOWARD COUNTY TOURISM & PROMOTION’S VISITOR GUIDE
(published in partnership with Custom Media Options)
“This award will be presented to the best visitors’ or destination guide produced by any destination or attraction. Criteria: This winning publication will be judged on content, presentation, organization and ease of use by tourists.”
Best Website Award
HOWARD COUNTY TOURISM & PROMOTION’S WEBSITE
(created in partnership with Millennium Marketing)
“The new website should demonstrate a creative implementation of a brand that is visually pleasing, unique, that captures the spirit of the brand, and is user-friendly. The entry should include descriptions of features such as social media integration, Goggle Maps®, search filters, user-personalization, and content-driven strategy.”
Best Product or Event Award (small budget, less then $5,000)
HOWARD COUNTY WELCOME CENTER’S “INFOTAINMENT”
(produced by Ed Lilley & the Welcome Center Team)
“There’s always something new. This award honors the year’s best new event, tour, destination, program, promotion or experience. What makes it best? It’s innovative, a model for others, and a successful Maryland tourism product.”
Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Howard County Tourism & Promotion, Inc., is a not-for-profit, membership-based organization funded largely by Howard County Government and is recognized by Howard County Government and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development as the official Destination Marketing Organization for Howard County, Maryland. Our mission is to increase, develop and promote tourism in Howard County by featuring the county’s unique location, sites, services, products and people.
The Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit
The 32nd annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit sponsored by The Maryland Tourism Council, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Tourism Development Board brings tourism professionals from across Maryland together in one place at one time for opportunities to learn, to be inspired and to be empowered. Exciting NEW changes to the 2012 Summit are:
NEW Mobile Workshops, NEW Digital Awards, NEW “bucket list” raffle
NEW sponsorship opportunities results in recording breaking participation
NEW Mobile site & Facebook page for Summit
NEW Dorchester County artisan marketplace & opening reception at JM Claytons
NEW US Travel Association & Destination Marketing International Association inclusion
NEW rennovation at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Spa & Marina
Nationally recognized guest speakers will provide a wide range of professional development sessions on digital marketing, the truth behind motivation, why travel matters, an economic forecast and the impact of the national election results on tourism.
Delegate Norman Conway, Chair of the Appropriations Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates will give an update on key tourism issues in the 2013 Maryland General Assembly Session. “The Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit is one of the premier educational opportunities for Maryland’s tourism and hospitality industry. This year’s line-up of speakers is truly world-class – and we are very pleased attendees have the opportunity to experience the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway during our mobile workshop on Friday.” Margot A. Amelia, Executive Director, Maryland Office of Tourism.
Showcase of 2012 Speakers & Summit Highlights
• Hannah Paramore returns with Digital Marketing 2.0
• Maryland Office of Tourism’s State of the State
• Bruce Turkel returns with the Truth Behind Motivation
• Anirban Basu’s Economic Forecast
About Maryland Tourism Council
The Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) is the statewide membership organization representing all segments of the hospitality and tourism industry emphasizing government affairs, business growth, professional development, and alliances with other tourism organizations, the business community, and state and local governments. The mission of MTC is to connect, educate, and represent Maryland’s tourism industry.