Over 250 tourism professionals gathered to present awards and celebrate an outstanding year throughout Maryland and the tourism industry. Maryland tourism shows resilience and honors award recipients from counties across the state, including Howard, Anne Arundel, Annapolis, Washington, Talbot, Charles, Garrett and St. Mary’s County.
The 41stSt The Annual Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) concluded on November 16, 2022 at the Ocean City Fontainebleau Resort in Ocean City, Maryland. Sponsored and managed by the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC), the Summit brings together hundreds of public sector leaders in the hospitality industry each year to network and learn new strategies to benefit tourism businesses and the entire state of Maryland.
As part of the informative three-day event, annual tourism awards were presented to many deserving recipients, including the Historic St. Mary’s City (HSMC). The Outdoor History Museum was awarded “Best Use of Social Media” for its 2021 “Larry of St. Mary’s” posts.
In December 2021, HSMC launched “Larry of St. Mary’s” on social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter). Using “Elf on a Shelf” as inspiration, HSMC staff assembled a corn husk puppet during a make-and-take event for guests. With a small brown hat, leather pants and blue shift, the doll echoes the costume of some seen on site during hours of operation.
Sharol Yeatman, HSMC External Relations Manager, said: “Our little Larry was able to entertain, teach and bridge the gap to make the museum relevant to today’s audiences as well as tomorrow’s visitors.”