Category Archives: Tourism

Dorchester County Tourism to host informational meeting about the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, State Park and National Historic Park

Cambridge, MD
February 24, 2012

Dorchester County Tourism and the Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area invite the public to an update about state and local planning for the 2013 Centennial Celebration of Harriet Tubman.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday March 13th 5:30 – 7:00P.M. at the Harriet Tubman Organization, 424 Race Street, Cambridge.

Topics of interest will include an update on the legislation currently in the U.S. Congress that would establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, an overview of several exciting projects for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway, and a preview of the groundbreaking plans for the Harriet Tubman State Park.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

Rep. Andy Harris and Rep. Richard Hanna Sponsor Tubman Park Bill

February 9, 2012
Washington, DC

Today, Reps. Andy Harris (MD-01) and Richard Hanna (NY-24) introduced legislation to establish The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park co-located in Maryland and New York. The Maryland portion of the park would be located in Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties and the New York location would be in Auburn.

“These parks would honor the significant legacy and achievements of one of America’s most important African American leaders,” said Rep. Andy Harris (MD-01). “The park will provide a wonderful opportunity to observe the historic landscape surrounding Maryland’s portion of the Underground Railroad. I eagerly anticipate working with Congressman Hanna and the Members of the Maryland and New York delegations to help advance this important piece of legislation.”

“Harriet Tubman was an incredible American, woman and humanitarian,” U.S. Representative Richard Hanna said. “It is only right that we honor and celebrate her life in an appropriate way. Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked to make that happen and make this a reality for the city of Auburn. This bill is a big step toward that goal.”

“I look forward to working with Congressman Harris, and the entire New York and Maryland delegations to make these parks for Harriet Tubman a reality.”


Caroline County Tourism Wins Awards

Tourism Industry Leaders Honored
Annapolis, MD

More than 200 tourism professionals met recently at the 31st annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit to network, learn, and be recognized for outstanding achievements.

At the Summit, the Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) presented 5 Professional Awards and 10 Marketing Awards. In addition to the awards given by MTC, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development honored members of the state’s tourism industry with 4 awards and the Maryland Destination Marketing Organization presented their Annual Award.

This year’s MTC recipients are:
Tourism Person of the Year — Liz Fitzsimmons with the Maryland Office of Tourism
Tourism Advocate of the Year — Rachelina Bonacci, Howard County Tourism and Promotion
New Tourism Professional of the Year –Kathy Mackel, Caroline County Office of Tourism
Audrey Davenport Hospitality Person of the Year –Melanie Pursel, Greater Ocean City Chamber
Promotion — Continuing Campaign — Harbor Queen Cruises in Annapolis
Promotion — One Time Campaign — The Conference & Visitors Bureau of Montgomery Co.
Best New/Improved Product or Event —-Talbot County Office of Tourism
Best Printed Promotional Material Award –Allegany County Department of Tourism
Best Electronic Marketing Award– Prince George’s County Conference & Visitors Bureau
Best Visitors Guide –Tourism Council of Frederick County
Educational Development Award from the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation — Heather Skipper, Director of Guide Operations for Watermark Journey.
Best Shoestring Budget Program — Cecil County Tourism
Industry Partnership Award — Ocean City Hotel – Motel – Restaurant Association; Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Worcester County Tourism and Ocean City
Impact Award — Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties
Judge’s Award — Frederick County Office of Tourism

Recipients of the state tourism office’s annual awards are:
Green/SustainableTourism Award — Savage River Lodge
Visit Maryland Award — The Tourism Council of Frederick County
Cultural Heritage Tourism Award — Caroline County Tourism and Dorchester County Tourism
Economic Engine Award — The Preservation Society

Recipient of the Maryland Destination Marketing Organization Annual Award is:
Dan Patrell — Maryland Life Magazine

For more information on the award winners and their campaigns, read the Maryland Insights newsletter at