American Bus Association Marketplace Included Familiarization Tour of Washington Count
PHOTO CAP: Lincoln welcomed to Washington County. The President Lincoln look-alike is historical interpreter James Getty who, along with CVB President Tom Riford, greeted the more than 20 tour operators at a familiarization tour of historic sites in Washington County.
American Bus Association Marketplace Included Familiarization Tour of Washington County; CVB Hosted Bus Tour Operators from Around the Nation
(Hagerstown, MD): The American Bus Association (ABA) Marketplace recently wrapped up its national event at Maryland's Gaylord National Resort. More than 3,200 tour operators attended the multi-day conference. The CVB was in attendance at the event, and had appointments with scores of tour operators during the trade-show convention.
Prior to the conference, the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB hosted more than 20 tour operators from around the country at a pre-show familiarization tour, called the "Hallowed Grounds Tour."
Betsy De Vore is the Sales Director of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The CVB was pleased to play host to bus tour operators who are very interested in bringing groups to Washington County. Already, since the familiarization tour wrapped up, we've booked several bus groups." De Vore said that the group stayed at the Comfort Suites on the Dual Highway. "The group was greeted by CVB President Tom Riford who provided an overview of Washington County, and also famous Lincoln Interpreter James Getty spoke with the group, and talked about President Lincoln's visits to Washington County and Maryland."
The "fam tour" explored Antietam National Battlefield, and the group enjoyed dining at the Old South Mountain Inn. The group shopped at Prime Outlets. De Vore and the CVB's Charissa Stanton led the tour operators around Washington County, and visited the Jonathon Hager House and Museum, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and also other sites. CVB member Atlantic Coast Charters provided valuable support for the tour event. The CVB partnered with the Gettysburg CVB and the Jefferson County CVB in an effort to cross-promote the Civil War site in the region. The group also spent time exploring and learning about Frederick County, MD.
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.com.
Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (www.heartofthecivilwar.org), and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (http://hallowedground.org). Washington County is also part of the Quad-State Tourism Coalition, a four-state tourism group along I-81. For more information, see: www.quadstate81.com. The Hagerstown-Washington County CVB was recently awarded the Maryland Cultural Heritage Tourism Award by Governor Martin O'Malley.
This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com