November 8-10, 2017
The Hotel at UMD
The Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) is Maryland’s annual tourism industry conference that brings together all sectors of the hospitality industry where business and public sector leaders convene, network and learn new strategies to advance MD’s Tourism industry. The summit attracts more than 250 attendees who engage with a variety of keynote speakers on industry trends, legislative representatives during a tourism town hall, participate in interactive learning sessions including off-site educational tours of the destination. This will be the 38th year of the MTTS through a continued collaboration with the Maryland Office of Tourism, partnering associations, and hundreds of volunteers.
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Sponsorship Investment 2017
MTTS is Maryland tourism’s most prestigious industry gathering. Sponsorship provides unparalleled opportunities to network, and to promote your business to the top tourism professionals from across our state. Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved in a meaningful way – and to align your business with what we anticipate to be the best MTTS yet!
NEW THIS YEAR!
Exclusive Naming Rights & Annual MTC Sponsorships
• After-Party: Platinum
• Learning Lab: Platinum
• Attendee Bag: Gold
• Lanyard/Badge: Gold
• Welcome Gift: Gold
• Turn Down Gift: Gold
• Signature Drink: Gold
• Center Piece: Gold
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Submit your nominations!
Deadline is September 29, 2017.
Please only submit one entry in each category. Nominators and recipients of all awards MUST be a member of the Maryland Tourism Coalition. All awards will be announced and presented during the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS) Awards Banquet on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at The Hotel at University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Let’s showcase what
Maryland has to offer!
Showcase your organization at the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit by donating a valuable prize. Put your company in front of top leaders in the Tourism industry. Prizes will be awarded at events as well as at a NEW Silent Auction.
What types of items do we need?
• Once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
• Posh weekend getaways!
• We’re the people who enjoy what we do …
VACATION PEOPLE … so the sky’s the limit.
Let’s showcase what Maryland has to offer….
◊ The Beach ◊ The Mountains ◊ Urban Suburban ◊ Horse Country ◊ The Bay
• Destinations! • Restaurants! • Theater and Show tickets! • Attractions tickets! • Posh Overnights Getaways! • Baseball & Football games! • VIP tickets sure to delight! • Great getaways & road trips from DC to OC, stays for a week or a day! • Unforgettable Family Experiences, Cool Stuff for Kids & Fido too!
MTTS Program as of 10.10.18
(Subject to change)
Wednesday, November 14
10:00 to 11:00 am
New Attendee Orientation
10:00 am to 12:30 pm
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Welcome & Kick Off to Summit
MD Office of Tourism Awards Luncheon
12:30 to 2:00 pm
Kick Off General Session: State of the State and introduction of Crab Tank on the Choptank
Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, Managing Director of the Division of Tourism Film, and the Arts (TFA)
2:00 to 2:30 pm
Break with Sponsors
2:30 to 4:00 pm
Break Out Sessions
BSO1 — REACHING THE GROUP MARKET for Attractions, Restaurants and Hotels.
Plus Get on the ABA Bus
BSO2 — Capturing the Consumer Traveler to Drive Revenue
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception at Blackwater Adventures Chesapeake Bay
Transportation to be provided
7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
College Park and Hyattsville.
Bistro Poplar, High Spot Gastropub, Stoked, Rock Lobstah, Jimmie and Sooks, Portside Restaurant, The Wine Bar, Water’s Edge Grill at the Hyatt and Suicide Bridge Restaurant
Thursday, November 15
8:00 to 5:00 pm
8:00 to 8:45 am
Networking Breakfast with Sponsors
9:00 – 11:00 am
General Session: Jay Baer – Turn Your Customers into Volunteer Marketers
Message from Jay
Jay Baer’s Bio
11:15 – 11:30 am
Maryland Day Photo, Courtesy of KRR Photography
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
1:00 to 2:00 pm
MTC’s Town Hall meeting
The Maryland Tourism Industry Town Hall gives attendees the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Maryland Tourism Coalition in 2018 and the induction of the 2019 Board.
2:15 to 3:15 pm
General Session– David vs. Goliath: 7 Essential Best Practices to Reach Customers and Build the Bottom Line
Chris Adams, VP of Research & Insight Miles Partnership
Chris Adams Bio
3:15 to 3:45 pm
Break with Sponsors
3:45 to 4:45 pm
Break Out Sessions
BSO1 — Growing Tourism through Sports
Kevin Smith, One Point Sports Strategies
BSO2 — Homegrown Hospitality Exploring Agritourism
4:45 to 6:30 pm
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Awards Attendee Banquet Reception
7:30 to 9:30 pm
Maryland Tourism Coalition Awards Banquet
Awards Emcees: Nora Campbell, National Aquarium and Chris Riehl, Baltimore Rent-a-Tour
Meredith Celebrates Maryland After Party
Music by Mixing Maryland DJ
Friday, November 16
8:00 to 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast with Sponsors
9:00 to 10:00 am
General Session: Crab Tank Presentation/Voting
Pete’s Pictures & Closing Remarks
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Optional Mobile Workshop
• Downtown Retail Therapy
• History & Nature Exploration
• Winery & Brewery
Optional Educational Tours for Friday November 16th
Downtown Shopping – From antique stores to boutiques to country stores, you’ll find treasures old and new, traditional and contemporary. Many of our small businesses are independent and locally owned and offer one-of-a-kind items created by area artists and artisans—not to mention friendly, old-fashioned customer service.
HISTORY, HERITAGE & NATURE EXPLORATION
Harriet Tubman & Blackwater Refuge – Dorchester possesses a sense of place, character, and heritage all its own. This is the homeland of Harriet Tubman, the most famous of Underground Railroad “conductors” who led dozens of enslaved people to freedom. Blackwater Refuge features a full service Visitor Center with butterfly garden, and observatory, and a 4-mile Wildlife Drive with walking trails and a photo blind.
VISIT OUR WINERY OR BREWERY
Layton’s Chance ~
As part of the Layton family, which has been farming in Dorchester for generations, Jennifer never thought they’d move from grain to grapes. Today their family-run vineyard and winery celebrates not only the grapes, but the farming way of life with tours of the vineyards and the farm fields next door. While you’re there, sample some of their vintages. Located at 4225 New Bridge Rd. Vienna, MD
Located at 504-506 Poplar Street, this 10-barrel craft brewery with 1,500-square taproom in downtown Cambridge, MD features regularly changing selections of fresh brews, ranging from one-of-a-kind original creations to new takes on old classics. Try their pub fare to go with the brews (or wine). They also offer tours of the small brewing operation; ask when you visit.
Dine Around Options
535 Poplar Street
Featuring tapas, creative cocktails, and desserts by their in-house pastry chef. French favorites (onion soup, oysters, steak frites) plus a seasonal menu of internationally-inspired small plates. Votes Best Tapas by Whats Up Magazine. Zagat rated.
Cambridge Eateries (High Spot Gastropub, Stoked and Rock Lobstah)
305 High Street
Fun and friendly atmosphere in a historic building. Classic pub fare with a twist. The buffalo oysters are a hit. Thrillist named the duck fat burger one of the best burgers in Maryland. Voted Best Happy Hour and Best Craft Brew Selection by What’s Up.
413 Muir Street
Wood-fired artisan pizza, pasta, grilled meats, sandwiches, cheese and oyster selections. Voted best wings multiple years by What’s Up. Extensive wine list, craft beers, specialty cocktails.
315 Gay Street
Fresh Maine lobster — east it whole, as a lobster roll, bisque, salad and more. Plus oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels and more
Jimmie and Sooks
527 Poplar Street
Fresh Southern BBQ and real deal seafood coming from nearby hooks to their cooks. Owner comes from long line of Dorchester watermen. Multi-year Taste of Cambridge winner for cream of crab sup. Extensive libation menu and large bar.
201 Trenton Street
On Cambridge Creek with a great view of the drawbridge. Come by land or by water. Casual dining, friendly atmosphere. Look for crab dip, crab cakes, crab balls.
The Wine Bar
414 Race Street
Serving select wines and craft beers in a relaxed, lounging atmosphere. Cheese boards and more.
Water’s Edge Grill at the Hyatt
100 Heron Blvd
Sophisticated atmosphere and fine dining with creative takes on Eastern Shore cooking. Award-winning crab cakes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Suicide Bridge Restaurant
6304 Suicide Bridge Road
A popular destination restaurant on Cabin Creek; come by land or by water. Don’t miss the jumbo lump crab cake.
EDUCATE The MD Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS) has been bringing Maryland’s tourism industry leaders together since 1979. From the mountains to the ocean our members come to the Summit as an annual opportunity to share ideas and experiences while learning from industry experts on the national and state level. The ideas and energy flow freely at MTTS!
INSPIRE More than a trade association, MTC is a forumn for learning, networking, collaboration, advocacy and action! The Summit is the culmination of a year of hard work as a grassroots association. We celebrate our acomplishments with the annual awards program and we look to the future and interact with elected leaders during our Tourism Town Hall.
EMPOWER No matter your tourism industry affiliation, MTC and MTTS offers you an opportunity for growth. Be it networking, professional development, or business /legislative advocacy, let MTC amplify your voice and expose your business to hundreds of new alliances.
DOES MTTS & MTC MATTER TO YOUR BUSINESS?
… JUST ASK OUR MEMBERS
There is something magical about the MD Tourism & Travel Summit. It may be the spirit of hospitality that sets our conference apart from others. We have a passion for serving others and are dedicated to our comunities where we live work and play. After all… tourism is everybody’s business….
Deb Carter, Executive Director of Maryland Association of Campgrounds
Anthony and I launched our advertising agency 35 years ago and developed a business niche in tourism through my involement with MTC and the MD Travel Summit. Most of my clients are in the tourism industry and Im grateful to MTC that 35 years later I still work with many of them!
Anthony & Roseanne Souza, The Souza Agency
MY MTC membership is a sound investment. In a sales position I have to meet a lot of people. MTC affords me the ability to network with other hosptity oriented businesses that can benefit from my service. I have made countless new clients through the MTTS and my MTC membership.
Ruth Toomey, Extraordinaire Limousine
As a newbie to MTC I could not get over the comradery and energy among the attendees of MTTS. I have found that getting involved as a volunteer is a great way to network my business, help a worthy organization and HAVE FUN! Tourism people are some of the best kind of people actually!
Brian Sentf, Conference Center at the Maritime Institute