Hagerstown-Washington County CVB releases new visitors guide new forma

Hagerstown-Washington County CVB releases new visitors guide new format, new design, and features 150th Anniversary of the Civil War cover photo features re-enactors at Antietam National Battlefield

(Hagerstown, MD) -- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to announce the arrival of its 2011 Visitor Guide. The first printing of several thousand copies has arrived and 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.
"The annual Hagerstown-Washington County Visitor Guide is the most sought-after resource about our area," said Convention and Visitors Bureau President Tom Riford. "Residents and visitors appreciate and utilize the CVB's annual guide to Washington County."
Riford said that this year's Visitor Guide is a total redesign and a brand new format. There are more than 30 additional pages, compared to last year's guide.
The 2011 Visitor Guide features a smaller, more portable size, colorful photography and a dramatic redesign by RidgeRunner Publishing.
The cover photo was done by the award-winning Middleton Evans of Ravenwood Press. The photo shows re-enactors marching through a field at the Antietam National Battlefield, with their historically accurate unit's battle-flag flying. Middleton Evans has been called "Maryland's most devoted photographer."
There are new introductions for the various sections, as well as focused articles highlighting the commemorations of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Washington CountyR17;s African American history, opportunities for agricultural adventures, and terrific bike routes. The 72-page guide includes maps of Hagerstown and Washington County, restaurant listings, demographics for each town, details about annual special events, a service guide, and an updated accommodations section with symbols representing the different amenities available at hotels, motels, campgrounds, and bed and breakfasts.
The Visitor Guide is a major yearly collaboration for the CVB staff and RidgeRunner Publishing. It is the culmination of many months' work and involves a variety of people to write articles, sign up advertisers, collect graphics, gather photographs, create layout and design, and continually work with the guide's designers and printers.
The 2011 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 www.marylandmemories.org/visitors-guide.php.
Note: The first printing of more than 100,000 copies of the 2011 Visitor Guide is being distributed to potential visitors, travel professionals, and meeting planners who interact with the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Tens of thousands of guides are sent to people who request them because of advertisements in magazines and on web sites. Copies are also being distributed at the CVB's Visitor Welcome Center in downtown Hagerstown, at area hotels and motels, special events, the State of Maryland's Welcome Centers, the Hagerstown Regional Airport, directly through CVB members, AAA offices throughout the Quad-State Area, Hagerstown Premium Outlets, the Valley Mall, and other area malls, at meeting planner and event trade shows, and at other venues. Bulk purchases of the 2011 Visitor 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. www.marylandmemories.org. 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.