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Posted on: November 20, 2017

QAC Earns State Award for Visitors’ Guide

STEVENSVILLE – Queen Anne’s County’s Visitors’ Guide was awarded, 2017 Best Destination Guide at the recent Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit held at Maryland Tourism Coalition annual banquet on November 9, in College Park. County Tourism Development Coordinator, Ashley Chenault accepted the award on behalf of Queen Anne’s County.

 “It is an honor and privilege to have Queen Anne’s County recognized for my work on Explore Queen Anne’s County, By Land, Air or Bay, the official visitors guide.  This publication serves as a marketing tool for Queen Anne’s County and was written and creatively led by Chenault in partnership with publisher Alchemi Design and Publications. The 50 page guide features eight content sections targeted towards travelers and a center fold section highlighting the Kent Narrows Waterfront, composed by the Kent Narrows Development Foundation.

 “Sincerest thanks go to all the businesses and sponsors who participated in the publication. We are excited about utilizing this publication to increase visitor spending in the county, or as the State of Maryland Tourism Office’s simplified mission indicates, “MORE customers, MORE revenue, MORE jobs,” said Chenault.

 The “Explore Queen Anne’s County” Visitors Guide is available in hard copy at the Chesapeake Heritage Visitor Center, located at 425 Piney Narrows Road, which also serves the Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic &Tourism Development office. Copies are also available online at .

 The Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit is Maryland’s annual tourism industry conference that brings together all sectors of the hospitality industry. The event provides a forum for travel and tourism businesses, nonprofits and leaders from state and local governments to convene, network and learn new strategies to advance Maryland’s Tourism industry. This year’s event marked the 38th Annual Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit, demonstrating a continued collaboration with the Maryland Office of Tourism, partnering associations, and hundreds of volunteers. The summit attracted more than 250 attendees who participated in sessions designed to improve tourism activity throughout the state and learn about new industry trends. Legislative and department officials interacted with industry representatives during a tourism town hall meeting to identify significant issues facing the industry. The annual summit also featured off-site educational tours highlighting best practices and destination marketing strategies. The awards banquet is organized to honor exemplary examples of projects in ten categories and culminates with a keynote speaker. This year, the former University of Maryland graduate and former Baltimore Raven’s player, Torrey Smith, provided examples of leadership in his personal and professional life and many reasons why Maryland is a top tourism destination including crabs – his favorite.

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