From Staff Reports
CUMBERLAND — The Allegany County Tourism/Trail Town program Certified Trail Friendly Program is the recipient of this year’s Economic Engine Award given by the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.
The award recognizes programs that create jobs, provide positive economic impact to the region and are exemplary contributions to the state’s tourism industry.
The Certified Trail Friendly Program encourages 75,000 annual trail users to patronize participating businesses with confidence that the employees and owners are familiar with trail users’ needs and interests.
The program has certified 18 businesses in Cumberland and Frostburg through training on basic trail knowledge, access and local history. The businesses are identified via displayed decals and posters.
The program also has assisted in creating or retaining 36 jobs and increased program participants’ share of trail revenue by 14 percent.
More than 280 tourism professionals from Maryland and surrounding states attended the 32nd annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit held in Cambridge and sponsored by the Maryland Tourism Council, the Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Tourism Development Board.
Allegany County Tourism Director Kim Shirer accepted the Economic Engine Award, according to David Reel of the Maryland Tourism Council.
AAA presented its 2013 Four Diamond Awards to 13 lodging properties, including Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort.