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CVB Announces Now Available: 2008-2009 Visitors Guide for Hagerstown-Washington County, Maryland

PH CAP: The official destination guide of the Hagerstown and Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has arrived and is free for both travelers and residents. The cover features the Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Annual Salute to Independence at Antietam, and a young girl clearly enjoying what's been called "Maryland's Most Patriotic Event." The Visitor Guide highlights popular destinations including Fort Frederick State Park, The Jonathan Hager House, Discovery Station, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, terrific shopping opportunities and savings, events and activities, 8 state parks, 5 national parks, and a lot more!

CVB Announces Now Available: 2008-2009 Visitors Guide for Hagerstown-Washington County, Maryland

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown-Washington County 2008-2009 Visitor Guide has arrived, and is being distributed by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The first printing of 120,000 copies is being made available to visitors, CVB members, AAA offices, Visitor Welcome centers, travel bureaus, tour organizations and convention groups, malls, and other tourism offices.
"Both visitors and residents love the CVB's guide to Hagerstown and Washington County, and this year's Visitor Guide is truly the best yet," said Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford. "The annual Visitor Guide is the most sought-after resource about Washington County."
"Tens of thousands of official CVB Visitor Guides are being mailed to potential visitors requesting information about Washington County. Those interested in our area react to response ads in national magazines, on media web sites, and through direct mail," said Riford.
This 2008-2009 Visitor Guide is filled with useful information about Washington County. Readers will find 56 pages - including covers - with great photos, colorful design, and fascinating facts about all of Washington County. Of note is the guide's comprehensive listing of things to see and do throughout the year. The visitors guide was produced by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and published by RidgeRunner Publishing - the creators of Hagerstown magazine and Smart Company Magazine.
"This is an exciting project for our company," said Kate Rader, RidgeRunner's Executive Publisher. "We were pleased to be awarded the contract to work with the CVB to publish this year's visitors guide, and we think this edition is very special!" More than thirty articles about Washington County and its attractions are included in this year's guide.
The guide features maps of Hagerstown and Washington County, directories of accommodations including resorts, hotels, and campgrounds, restaurant listings, histories of the towns, and details about annual special events. There is also a Points of Interest section, a guide to outdoor activities, a listing of CVB members and many colorful photographs that help give the guide its magazine look.
The Visitor Guide is a major project for the CVB staff and employees of RidgeRunner Publishing each year. It is the culmination of many months' work and involves a lot of teamwork. CVB staff members research and update articles, assist RidgeRunner Publishing with obtaining advertisers, help choose photographs and graphics and assist with layout and map design. "Our advertising, editorial and design staff enjoy working with the CVB to create a guide that is both attractive and easy to navigate, while effective for advertisers and exciting to readers," said Rader.
The 2008-2009 Visitor Guide is available at the downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center. Residents and visitors are welcome to stop in and pick up a copy. The Visitor Guide may also be requested online at

Note: The first printing of more than 120,000 copies of the 2008-2009 Visitors Guide will be distributed to potential visitors, travel professionals and meeting planners who interact with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Copies also will be distributed at the CVB's Visitor Welcome Center in Downtown Hagerstown, at area hotels and resorts, special events, the State of Maryland's Welcome Centers, the Hagerstown Regional Airport, directly through CVB members, AAA offices throughout the Quad-State Area, Prime Outlets and area malls, at meeting planner and event trade shows, and at other venues. Bulk purchases of the 2008-2009 Visitors Guide may be arranged for area businesses for their marketing and relocation efforts.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information, see: WWW.MARYLANDMEMORIES.ORG.

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