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Annual Convention and Visitors Bureau Update and Tourism Week Proclamation

(L-R) Washington County Commissioner James Kercheval presents a County Proclamation to the CVB President Tom Riford, CVB Director of Operations Jolene Thomas, and CVB Board of Directors Chairman Doug Anstine. The proclamation declared May 10-18 Washington County Tourism Week.

Annual Convention and Visitors Bureau Update and Tourism Week Proclamation

(Hagerstown, MD)- On May 13th, Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) President and CEO Tom Riford and presented the annual report and update of the Convention and Visitors Bureau to the Board of County Commissioners.
The annual financial audit of the organization was presented to the commissioners. Riford said the tourism industry is strong in Washington County, with local hotel occupancies maintaining a strong pace in 2007, and revenues up.
Visitation to local attractions increased in 2007. 2008 is shaping up to be a good year, he said. About 6,000 people work in tourism according to state statistics for Washington County's "Leisure and Hospitality Classification."
Last year there were 2.01-million visitors who spent $250 million in Washington County. This number does not reflect all the retail shopping from visitors at local malls.
CVB's financial situation has improved during the last three years, and the CVB remains debt-free.
May 10-18 was proclaimed Washington County Tourism Week. Several events include the annual Museum Ramble, held earlier in the month, as well as the National Pike Festival and Wagon Train.
The Washington County County Proclamation read:
Whereas: The Washington County Board of County Commissioners recognizes that tourism is a vital part of our local economy, and visitors create a local positive economic impact of more than $250-million, and
Whereas: There are nearly 6,000 jobs in Washington County that are directly related to the tourism industry, and the Washington County Commissioners agree that tourism is an important part of economic development - bringing jobs, maintaining jobs, and creating investment in our communities, and
Whereas: Tourism Week recognizes and celebrates the importance of welcoming visitors to Washington County, which is an area rich in history and recreational opportunities, significant in its attractions, and has 5 National Parks, 8 State Parks, and more than 30 county and city parks, more than 30 museums, and
Whereas: The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau works diligently on behalf of all the citizens of Washington County to help attract visitors here, and as a result, millions of visitors stay and play here, and stop and shop here, and
Now Therefore: we, the Board of County Commissioners of Washington County, Maryland praise the noteworthy economic effect of tourism and proclaim May 10-18 as Hagerstown-Washington County Tourism Week, in Washington County, Maryland.
Awarded this 13th day of May 2008.

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