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January 5, 1993
The Carroll County Tourism Office is preparing its 1993 Tourism Calendar of Events. In order to be included, a event must:* Be sponsored by a Carroll County organization,* Be tourist-related,* Draw at least 200 people,* Take place between April 1, 1993, and Dec. 31, 1993.Any organization that would like to have its activities included in the 1993 Tourism Calendar of Events should contact the Tourism Office at 857-2983.All application forms and entriesmust be received before Feb. 3.
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By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
Baltimore County officials are ramping up efforts to promote local attractions, hoping to mirror Baltimore City's success in becoming a tourist destination. For the past two years, county officials have worked with local business, restaurant and hotel owners on a tourism initiative. Now, the county has released a visitors guide and launched a website and Facebook site to draw people to attractions like the state fair, the Piedmont Wine Trail and rural horse farms. County tourism is a $1.85 billion industry, employing more than 18,000 people with a $511 million payroll.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | May 12, 2009
A move from Towson Town Center into rent-free space in downtown Towson next month promises to make the county's tourism office more visible, but officials are eyeing another relocation to an even more prominent location eventually - the Hampton National Historic Site. The agency's storefront visitor center on the mall's ground floor costs $1,000 a month to lease and rarely drew more than 75 people a month. A tourism advisory council, appointed earlier this year, strongly recommended a more visible location.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | July 22, 2009
The Orioles are awaiting three governmental approvals in Florida this afternoon that would secure them a new spring training home for the next 30 years. The Orioles and Sarasota County officials have reached a tentative agreement that would relocate the club's spring training headquarters from Fort Lauderdale, in the southeastern part of Florida, to Sarasota on the state's western coast, starting in February. As part of the potential deal, $31.2 million in state grant money and a county tourism tax would be used to fully renovate 22-year-old Ed Smith Stadium, which hosted the Cincinnati Reds from 1998 to 2009, and dilapidated Twin Lakes Park, the Orioles' current minor league complex.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | July 19, 1995
Carroll County is learning to sell itself to more and more tourists."Look at your product and play it to the hilt," Mike Fish, Central Region consultant for the Small Business Development Center, said at a meeting of the Carroll County Tourism Association yesterday.The numbers from the county Office of Tourism are encouraging.More people have stopped at the Visitor Information Center in Westminster in the first six months of this year than for all of 1993 and 1994."Through May 1994, we had 190 visitors," said Sharon Kirk, who manages the center on East Main Street in Westminster.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 25, 1999
The Carroll County Tourism Office and the agriculture marketing specialist of the Department of Economic Development are updating the "Christmas Trees & Holiday Greens in Carroll County" brochure.The brochure will be distributed to visitors at the Carroll County Visitor Center, state welcome centers and special events.Christmas tree farm owners interested in being included in the brochure should contact the Tourism Office at 410-857-2983 or the agriculture marketing specialist at 410-386-2070 for an application.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | November 29, 1993
When the state sent its mobile tourism brochure unit to the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market in Westminster, it took Rich Gilbert only five minutes to have it open for inspection by the Carroll County Tourism Association.Mr. Gilbert, who operates the unit for the Maryland Office of Tourism, hands out free information and drums up business for events as he takes to the road for festivals that attract crowds of thousands across the state."You have a ready audience who wonder what they can see on their way home and what they can do when they come back," he said.
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By LARRY CARSON | January 12, 2007
Victoria Goodman, Howard County's director of communications for the past eight years under former executive James N. Robey, is moving to a new post after her retirement at the end of the month. Goodman will be executive director of the Blossoms of Hope cherry tree-planting program run by Howard County Tourism Inc., starting Feb. 12. The campaign has planted more than 1,000 trees in the county as an attraction for spring tourists. The trees are designed to bloom simultaneously about two weeks later than the display in Washington, Goodman said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | June 28, 1993
As they rode through the rolling hills of Western Maryland, members of the Carroll County Tourism Task Force touted the benefits of their industry on the community.About 50 people, sporting "Tourism Works" buttons, boarded the EnterTRAINment Line train Wednesday to discuss ways to generate more tourism dollars in the county."We are trying to network with all businesses to let them know how they are affected directly and indirectly by tourism dollars," said Tom McPherson, general manager of Days Inn in Westminster.
NEWS
By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2010
Baltimore County officials are ramping up efforts to promote local attractions, hoping to mirror Baltimore City's success in becoming a tourist destination. For the past two years, county officials have worked with local business, restaurant and hotel owners on a tourism initiative. Now, the county has released a visitors guide and launched a website and Facebook site to draw people to attractions like the state fair, the Piedmont Wine Trail and rural horse farms. County tourism is a $1.85 billion industry, employing more than 18,000 people with a $511 million payroll.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com | May 12, 2009
A move from Towson Town Center into rent-free space in downtown Towson next month promises to make the county's tourism office more visible, but officials are eyeing another relocation to an even more prominent location eventually - the Hampton National Historic Site. The agency's storefront visitor center on the mall's ground floor costs $1,000 a month to lease and rarely drew more than 75 people a month. A tourism advisory council, appointed earlier this year, strongly recommended a more visible location.
NEWS
December 21, 2007
Donna Dudley, executive director of Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County, has resigned to assume a new position as chief of tourism for Charles County, according to the Four Rivers Board of Directors. Dudley, Four Rivers' executive director since 2002, has brought more than $1.68 million in matching Maryland Heritage Areas Authority funding into the community. This funding has supported major projects at Historic London Town & Gardens, Historic Annapolis Foundation, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau, and the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,sun reporter | June 8, 2007
Carole and Michael Lehan had a touch of theatrics in their fox trot and Jordan and Ivette Naftal offered some sizzle in their tango, but Ron and Joanne Eyre's energetic swing dance kicks and big smiles won the crowd's approval - and the top prize - at Howard County Tourism's first Dancing with Dazzling Howard County Stars contest. The contest was an addition to the tourism group's annual Soiree fundraiser Wednesday night, and it proved to be a hit with several hundred guests who crowded around the dance floor to cheer the fancy footwork.
NEWS
By LARRY CARSON | January 12, 2007
Victoria Goodman, Howard County's director of communications for the past eight years under former executive James N. Robey, is moving to a new post after her retirement at the end of the month. Goodman will be executive director of the Blossoms of Hope cherry tree-planting program run by Howard County Tourism Inc., starting Feb. 12. The campaign has planted more than 1,000 trees in the county as an attraction for spring tourists. The trees are designed to bloom simultaneously about two weeks later than the display in Washington, Goodman said.
NEWS
September 10, 2006
The Carroll County Office of Public Safety Support Services and Carroll County Health Department will hold a workshop for residents with special needs and their caregivers on how to prepare for emergencies from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave. Kristin Cox, secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities, will open the workshop. The event is geared toward individuals who face challenges, such as evacuating a wheelchair user or obtaining prescription medicine during a blizzard.
NEWS
June 7, 2006
Cancer Coalition to hold meeting The Howard County Cancer Coalition will hold its annual Partnership Meeting today at the offices of the Howard County Health Department, 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Dr. Jeanette Linder, radiation oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will speak about "Cancer: It's a Family Disease." Dr. Penny Borenstein, Health Officer at the Howard County Health Department, will speak about "The Local Perspective."
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 28, 1996
State grant money may push Carroll County above par in the golf industry.With six public and several private golf courses, the county leads the state in the number of greens per golfer and will use the state money to tout its golf resources.Yesterday, the county Office of Tourism received $4,840, the first of two state grants that will total $20,000. Barbara Beverungen, the county tourism director, is already planning a golf brochure.Golf can generate a larger portion of the state's $5.7 billion tourism industry than it now does, said George Williams, director of the Maryland Office of Tourism.
NEWS
November 13, 1992
Founded a decade ago with seed money from local business people, the Howard County Tourism Council never faced high expectations. Council officials could always point to their relatively meager five-figure budget and claim the funds weren't there to give county tourism the boost it needed.They can't make that claim any more, not since the county enacted a 5 percent hotel-motel tax that has helped quadruple the council's coffers, from $54,000 last year to $217,000 this year."With this budget, we really have to show results," says Tourism Council President Margaret Smith, acknowledging the pressure to perform.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2005
The March 19 Opening Day at the Carroll County Sports Complex arrived after weeks of chilly, wet weather, prompting organizers to wonder whether players would be tossing snowballs instead of softballs. "My money was on snowballs," said Jeff Degitz, bureau chief of the county Department of Recreation and Parks. The weekend tournament, the first of a booked-solid season at the Westminster facility, went off with the standard equipment and a few shivering players. For softball enthusiasts, few places offer a better venue to play ball than the 76-acre complex along Route 97, a few miles north of the county seat.
NEWS
By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2004
George Washington may be known for cutting down a cherry tree, but Howard County doesn't think his namesake city should monopolize the flowering trees' brilliant spring display. In a ceremony at Centennial Park in Ellicott City yesterday, Howard County Tourism planted 20 cherry trees purchased by community leaders, businesses and individuals. It was the first step in an effort to plant 1,000 cherry trees throughout the county over the next few years. Organizers hope the project will beautify local communities, raise money for charity and establish the county as a place to view cherry blossoms each year.
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