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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2000
Thanks to some national publicity, more tourists visited the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County visitors center last month than in any month in the center's seven-year history, officials from the visitors bureau said. About 43,003 people stopped at the visitors center at 26 West St. or the information booth on the City Dock in July, up 15 percent from the 37,384 people who visited in July 1999. Still, this year's figures represent only a fraction of tourists in the area because not all of them check in at the visitors center, said Peggy Wall, president and chief executive of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, led the state in tourism dollars in 2011, according to a report by the travel research company Tourism Economics, the local visitors bureau said this week. The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau said that according to the report, nearly 5.6 million visitors to Annapolis and the county spent nearly $3.2 billion, a 7.2 percent increase over the $3 billion generated in 2010. The sum represents transportation, food, hotel and other spending.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
Anne Arundel County, including Annapolis, led the state in tourism dollars in 2011, according to a report by the travel research company Tourism Economics, the local visitors bureau said this week. The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau said that according to the report, nearly 5.6 million visitors to Annapolis and the county spent nearly $3.2 billion, a 7.2 percent increase over the $3 billion generated in 2010. The sum represents transportation, food, hotel and other spending.
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By Kellie Woodhouse and Kellie Woodhouse,kellie.woodhouse@baltsun.com | February 22, 2009
Increased online marketing efforts are leading Annapolis tourism officials to expect an influx of international travelers this spring. The city's tourism department recently partnered with the U.S. Travel Association's newly created Web site, DiscoverAmerica.com, to highlight Annapolis' unique features for international travelers. In particular, Annapolis is targeting travelers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. The four countries are "primary feeder markets into the U.S.," said Catalina Burke, marketing director of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1996
With a $100,000 county grant in hand, a reorganized Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau is moving forward with an ambitious agenda to attract more tourism dollars to the county.It will work to increase the county's conference business, and serve as a clearinghouse for the area's hotels, restaurants and attractions."The most important thing is to be out there and be visible," said Monica T. Baeuerle, the new executive director of the not-for-profit organization. "There's a lot of water, beautiful scenes, historical attractions, lovely hotels, great eateries and shopping here."
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2003
After years of fudged numbers that led to a top-level shake-up at Baltimore's convention and visitors bureau, the group's new leader told a gathering of hotel and restaurant executives yesterday that she will bring more accountability to the agency. Leslie R. Doggett, at her first public event since being hired as president and chief executive officer, pledged quarterly reports about meetings brought to town, future hotel room bookings, leisure inquiries and lost business. She also unveiled a new mission statement for her organization, vowed to hold regular town hall-style forums and promised to rebrand Baltimore.
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By Suzanne Loudermilk and Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1995
Efforts to promote Baltimore County received a setback yesterday, as the county executive refused to earmark part of hotel tax revenue for the Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau.Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, however, did offer a challenge grant of up to $40,000, committing the county to allocate $2 for every $1 the bureau raises by March."I know it's not good news to you," Mr. Ruppersberger, citing county budget restraints, told bureau members at a monthly meeting.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2005
When the visitors bureau for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County set out to create a new marketing slogan - one it hopes will bring more tourist traffic to the area - it was not the fine dining, historic sites or charming cobblestone streets it turned to for inspiration. It was the water. "We talked about what represented us best, and what came across were the maritime activities," said Connie Del Signore, president and chief executive officer of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
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By Jean Allen and Jean Allen,SUN SENTINEL | October 19, 1997
My husband and I are planning a trip to New York City this fall. We are on a limited income, so we hope we can afford a three- to five-day stay in a moderate-price hotel.The Convention and Visitors Bureau can supply a list of hotels and package deals, many of which are on weekends. Gray Line of New York packages hotels, show tickets, some sightseeing and meals, for two and three nights. Call 800-669-0051.Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-NYC-VISIT or find the information on the bureau's Web site (http: //www .nycvisit.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 22, 1993
A free "passport" good for discounts at more than 60 Los Angeles-area arts venues is available from the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Taking part are a wide variety of arts organizations, such as the Los Angeles Opera, the Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Discounts vary, but most involve price reductions of up to 20 percent or two-for-one ticket deals. The passport, which is good through April 30, can be picked up at several arts councils, at Avis and Hilton sites, or from the Visitors Bureau at 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, Calif.
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By Rona Marech and Stephanie Desmon and Rona Marech and Stephanie Desmon,rona.marech@baltsun.com and stephanie.desmon@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
Looking for a place to stay for the inaugural festivities? How about $5,800 for a week in a 7,000-square-foot house in Mitchellville? Or $6,000 for "Large Estate Style home in Montgomery County"? On a tighter budget? Maybe a New Carrollton "1 BDR, 1 bath Condo" for $200 a night would do the trick. Four-night minimum, but take heart: There's a high-speed cable modem, and smoking is negotiable. Excited supporters of President-elect Barack Obama are busy laying plans to travel to Washington so they can witness history in the making.
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November 13, 2008
County Executive John R. Leopold has announced that the county has purchased thousands of gallons of gasoline at less than $2 per gallon, under a purchasing process that aims to help save taxpayer dollars. The county purchased a total of 34,000 gallons of regular gas for $1.97 a gallon and diesel for $2.30 a gallon on Oct. 30. It was the lowest amount the county has paid for gasoline in almost two years and will result in a projected 11 percent savings against the 2009 budget allowance if prices remain constant.
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By Ruma Kumar and Ruma Kumar,SUN REPORTER | November 16, 2007
Annapolis is clinging to rumors and tidbits about a Mideast peace conference that is supposed to take place in the historic state capital. It's just that no one knows exactly when it will be. The city has learned the summit is likely to be one day -- not two days long as previously rumored. City officials also have heard from protesters who want to demonstrate but don't know when to arrive. The mayor said she doesn't know either. Mayor Ellen O. Moyer said she had been told the conference is likely to happen on a Tuesday.
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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to the Sun | August 1, 2007
Thomas J. Noonan President and chief executive officer, Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association (BACVA) Salary --$185,000 Age --42 Time on the job: --Seven months How he got started --Before promoting Baltimore as the best location to hold a conference, he promoted Dallas for 18 years with the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau (DCVB). For eight of those years, he worked out of the DCVB's Washington office and fell in love with the Mid-Atlantic. When the opening for BACVA came up, he scheduled a video interview and became a finalist for the job, eventually securing it. He started in January.
NEWS
December 31, 2006
Pasadena Man dies after police confrontation In the second time in seven months that a mentally disturbed man has died during a confrontation with Anne Arundel County police, a 24-year-old Pasadena man stopped breathing after being subdued by six officers. Steven Ray Ellison allegedly assaulted four people Wednesday night, then struggled with a half-dozen officers who got him onto the ground and into handcuffs before he lost consciousness, county police said. The autopsy showed no sign of trauma, Anne Arundel County police said Friday, but the cause of death has not been released.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2005
When the visitors bureau for Annapolis and Anne Arundel County set out to create a new marketing slogan - one it hopes will bring more tourist traffic to the area - it was not the fine dining, historic sites or charming cobblestone streets it turned to for inspiration. It was the water. "We talked about what represented us best, and what came across were the maritime activities," said Connie Del Signore, president and chief executive officer of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
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By Amanda J. Crawford and Amanda J. Crawford,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2003
The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau has hired a Pennsylvania tourism official as its president and chief executive. Connie Del Signore, 49, president of the Reading and Berks County Visitors Bureau, will begin her job Aug. 25. She will replace Melanie Suggs, who joined the agency in January 2002 and is leaving to start a marketing company. Del Signore's "background is excellent and we feel she is the right person to be leading our staff and our efforts to market Anne Arundel County," Gene Condon, chairman of the agency's board of directors, said yesterday.
FEATURES
By Jayne Clark and Jayne Clark,Los Angeles Daily News | May 9, 1993
Shanna Silva doesn't even flinch when she's asked how long it takes to drive from California to Hawaii.Or if you need a passport to go there.Or how to ship soft lava to the mainland.She's heard dumber questions."You just bite your tongue and try not to laugh," said Ms. Silva, who fields questions from the public at the Hawaii Visitors Bureau's Los Angeles office.Tactfulness, it seems, is a key attribute for tourist information people, who get an intimate understanding of Americans' sometimes hazy knowledge of geography, geology and a lot of other things.
NEWS
By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | January 19, 2004
SAN JOSE, Calif. - It took Anne LeClair a split second to realize that there was opportunity in the murder trial of Scott Peterson, who is accused of killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn son. As soon as her county was identified as one of a handful of possible trial locations, LeClair, a tourism official, was collecting business cards and putting together promotional materials. "I FedExed the package the next day to the presiding judge," said LeClair, president and chief executive of the San Mateo County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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By June Arney and June Arney,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2003
After years of fudged numbers that led to a top-level shake-up at Baltimore's convention and visitors bureau, the group's new leader told a gathering of hotel and restaurant executives yesterday that she will bring more accountability to the agency. Leslie R. Doggett, at her first public event since being hired as president and chief executive officer, pledged quarterly reports about meetings brought to town, future hotel room bookings, leisure inquiries and lost business. She also unveiled a new mission statement for her organization, vowed to hold regular town hall-style forums and promised to rebrand Baltimore.
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