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Industry Leaders Gather to Support MD Tourism

Each year, the Maryland Tourism Coalition organizes a legislative advocacy event which brings together tourism professionals from all across the state. This year’s date is February 16, and we need your participation! This is an opportunity for industry members to meet with their individual legislators and share stories about their businesses and the impact they have on Maryland’s economy. A luncheon follows these meetings. Space is limited, so register for Tourism Day today to reserve your space and lunch for just $15 ($25 for nonmembers). For complete info, check out www.mdtourism.org.

A Love of Craft Beer
February is officially known as “FeBREWary” along our coast, as tourism partners come together to celebrate all things craft beer. The state of Maryland named this month to recognize craft beer lovers and to celebrate the best of Maryland brewing. Brewers enjoy crafting those one-of-a-kind, small batch brews, and craft aficionados enjoy finding something unique and authentic. Tourism folks love it — this form of cultural tourism is a great way for visitors to soak up local flavor while generating an economic impact.
ShoreCraftBeer.com and Seacrets, Jamaica USA have once again teamed up to produce the 3rd Annual Love on Tap Shore Craft Beer Festival in Ocean City, MD, offering local craft beer, live music, and lots of “Love On Tap.” On February 24, 14 local craft breweries will feature over 30 beers, along with spectacular views of the bay and an entertaining and exciting afternoon. Festivals like this offer a unique opportunity for participants to talk with brewery representatives. Many of the breweries will make their special FeBREWary craft beers available during the Love on Tap. Each brewery will have at least two beers for guests to sample. Brett Andrew & Company and the local favorite, Full Circle Duo, will provide the fabulous live music. Pair that with unlimited free tastings, a complimentary commemorative pint glass for the first 800 participants, and a chance to talk to the local brewers about their beer — and we’ve found the recipe for fun!
VIP ticket holders will get a Seacrets Love on Tap T-shirt included in their ticket purchase price.  VIP-only hour begins at noon for one hour; general admission then runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  General admission is $35, VIP is $50, and Designated Drivers are $10 — tickets available at ShoreCraftBeer.com. A special food pairing menu will also be sold separately.
Love on Tap Hotel packages are being offered at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, Dunes Manor Hotel, and Park Place Hotel. Ocean City is beautiful this time of year! There’s nothing better than a brisk stroll on the boardwalk to get your blood flowing! Craft beer packages can also be found at Boardwalk Hotel Group and the Grand Hotel. Make plans to come see us in FeBREWary! Note: Only those 21 and over will be admitted because of liquor control board requirements. Please bring a valid ID to present at the entrance.

ASSOCIATION NEWS OCHMRA | Susan L. Jones
SUSAN JONES is the executive director of the Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association.

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