Maryland's 375th Birthday to be Celebrated in St. Mary's County

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (May 26, 2008)—Maryland will be 375 years old in 2009 and the Maryland story began in St. Mary’s County. A meeting on Wed., June 4 is set to discuss the “Celebrate 375” program and a few seats remain for those interested in sharing their ideas.

The conference, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., will include a discussion of the current state of local tourism and programs planned to market Maryland’s birthplace to visitors for next year.

Hosted by the St. Mary’s County Division of Tourism, Historic St. Mary’s City and Maryland Life magazine, the conference will also include a premier showing of a new tourism video commercial and campaign. The Southern Maryland Travel and Tourism Committee will announce the St. Mary’s County Hospitality Person of the Year and Rich Gilbert, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Maryland Office of Tourism Development, will present tips for attracting group tours.

Activities planned to promote the 375th anniversary include a commemorative visitor guide, weekend packages, a “Discover St. Mary’s Card,” a hospitality service awards program, and a “Celebrate 375” website.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Call the St. Mary’s County Department of Economic and Community Development at 301-475-4200, x1400.

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