Maryland's Tourism Web Site Receives Top Industry Award
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Maryland's Tourism Web Site Receives Top Industry Award 


Maryland's Tourism Web Site Receives Top Industry Award
Travel tools key to site's success

BALTIMORE (JAN. 13) —, the official site for the Maryland Office of Tourism, has been recognized as a Top Tourism Web Site Award recipient by online encyclopedia and reference resource for venturing out of the box to provide users a purposeful visit through its impressive travel tools, rich information and excellent visual design.'s Web Site Awards Program honors outstanding web sites across a variety of topics, including sports, education, history, arts, government, tourism and technology. According to, this year's Web Site Award recipients exceed industry standards in functionality, usability, information availability, and creativity.

“We direct prospective visitors to for assistance and inspiration when they are considering traveling to Maryland,” said Margot Amelia, executive director for the Maryland Office of Tourism. “We recognize that Maryland's customers are increasingly using technology to make their travel decisions and continue to investigate and integrate new web-based opportunities into the site.”

Completely redesigned in Fall 2008, the Maryland Office of Tourism was able to create a new site that was both visually appealing and intuitive (easy to navigate) with the objective of providing the best possible user experience.

Recent enhancements in 2010 include the integration of Maryland's new advertising campaign and striking photography, as well as a unique interactive map that allows visitors to select areas of interest, plot the related attractions on the map, learn more about the attractions' location and contact information, see a photo and directions, and e-mail or print the information.

Attractions featured on the interactive map include Heritage Areas, Main Streets, Arts and Entertainment Districts, Civil War Trails, farm tour businesses, state and national parks, historical and cultural museums, art venues, and national register historic districts, among other visitor-friendly places. The map also displays driving tour suggestions, such as Maryland Scenic Byways and Civil War Trails.

To explore the site and learn more about Maryland tourism, go to .