County hon­ors an­nual tourism stars

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX Doreen Mo­ran of REMAX Vi­sion in North East

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ce­cil County Tourism hon­ored its stars for 2015-2016 on Wed­nes­day at an ap­pre­ci­a­tion break­fast at Hol­ly­wood Casino Per­ryville — one of its stars.

Hol­ly­wood Casino Gen­eral Man­ager Matt Heiskell ac­cepted the award for “Best Mar­ket­ing” on Wed­nes­day morn­ing from tourism com­mit­tee mem­bers Ru­pert Ros­setti and JoAnn Daw­son, who noted the casino wel­comed nearly 1 mil­lion vis­i­tors last year.

Ce­cil County Tourism Co­or­di­na­tor Sandy Turner sets aside this day each year to rec­og­nize all of the in­di­vid­u­als, groups and busi­nesses that sup­port tourism through their mone­tary dona­tions, in-kind dona­tions or

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vol­un­teer ef­forts.

“We’ve had a busy, but a great year,” Turner said, re­call­ing some of tourism’s big­gest projects last year, in­clud­ing the pub­lish­ing of a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding guide, stepped-up mar­ket­ing, bus tours and the Bass­mas­ter Elite tour­na­ment that was tele­vised on ESPN.

John Ford, of In­tegrity Real Es­tate in North East, re­ceived the “Vol­un­teer of the Year” award from Turner, who touted his count­less hours of vol­un­teer work on the Bass­mas­ter Elite tour­na­ment.

Tourism’s tra­di­tional project of the year award was changed this year to the “Cor­ner­stone” award to bet­ter suit the re­cip­i­ent Fair Hill Nat­u­ral Re­sources Man­age­ment Area, Turner ex­plained, say­ing FHNRMA didn’t ac­tu­ally or­ga­nize one big event last year, but it plays a huge part in many projects and events through­out the year.

North East Mayor Robert McKnight, Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Melissa CookMacKen­zie and Po­lice Chief Dar­rell Hamilton ac­cepted tourism’s “Part­ner of the Year” award on be­half of the town of North East for its sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion on the Bass­mas­ter Elite tour­na­ment.

Ch­e­sa­peake City Town Man­ager San­dra Ed­wards ac­cepted the town’s award for “Eco­nomic Im­pact” on tourism for con­tin­u­ously bring­ing vis­i­tors to town for spe­cial events and the new 17-mile C&D Canal trail.

Turner pre­sented tourism’s “Busi­ness of the Year” award to Faith Adair, owner of A&M Tent Events for its role in mul­ti­ple tourism events each year.

Ce­cil County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore and the Ce­cil County Coun­cil gave their tourism award to the en­tire Bass­mas­ter Elite Com­mit­tee for its plan­ning and ex­e­cu­tion of a group ef­fort to bring a na­tion­ally tele­vised fish­ing tour­na­ment to Ce­cil County last year. The eco­nomic im­pact of this tour­na­ment was es­ti­mated to be more than $2 mil­lion to the county.

In ad­di­tion tourism’s seven ma­jor awards, Turner rec­og­nized all of its mar­ket­ing part­ners, in-kind con­trib­u­tors and fi­nan­cial spon­sors for last year, pre­sent­ing each one with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

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