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39th Annual Meeting

Thank you to all who attended our 39th Annual Meeting Drive-In on Friday, September 25, 2020, at Troy Park in Elkridge. We also appreciate the support and warm wishes from those who were unable to attend. Special thanks to Howard County Executive Ball and his team for their participation and unwavering support of Howard County's hospitality community.

Thanks also to Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks for hosting and Tino's Italian Bistro for the delicious lunch.

Thank you to all our members who make up all the wonderful things to see and do in Howard County that attract visitors and contribute to our residents' unparalleled quality of life. 

  Annual Meeting thank you members 09.25.2020

Annual Meeting check 09.25.2020    Howard County Government

Annual Mtg. Soo 09.25.2020    Annual Meeting Amanda 9.25.2020    Annual Mtg. Attendees 9.25.2020
Photo Credit: Howard County Government


We did not have awards this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was far too difficult to call out just a few when in some way shape or form our tourism industry businesses have given and continue to give all that they can. We applaud our hospitality community for their perseverance and goodwill as they have stepped up and out and given tirelessly whether to keep their employees safe, or support each other, or to feed front-line and essential workers, or safely provide much-needed goods and services and a place to stay. Out tourism industry workforce and business leaders are all tourism ambassadors, partners of the year, and hospitality heroes to us! 


Past Award Recipients


  • Tourism Partner of the Year: 
    • Arts & Cultural Collaborative Initiative of Downtown Columbia (combined award): 
      • Howard Hughes Corporation

      • Merriweather Post Pavilion 

      • Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission

      • Downtown Columbia Partnership

      • The Soundry

      • Toby’s Dinner Theatre

      • Columbia Festival of the Arts

      • Inner Arbor Trust

      • Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center

      • The Mall in Columbia

      • Columbia Association

      • Howard County Arts Council

      • Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks

  • Tourism Ambassador of the Year
    • Martha Clark, Owner, and Operator of Clark’s Elioak Farm
  • Sgt. Eddison Alexander Hermond - Hospitality Employee of the Year
    • Christina Held, Iron Bridge Wine Company


  • Tourism Partner of the Year: 
    • Mutiny Pirate Bar and Island Grille - Elkridge, Maryland (Steve Wecker, Rob Wecker, Lee Marziale, Nate Hynson) and CURED Table & Tap and 18th & 21st (Steve Wecker, Vince Culotta) 
  • Tourism Ambassador of the Year
    • Pete Mangione​, Turf Valley Resort
  • Sgt. Eddison Alexander Hermond - Hospitality Employee of the Year
    • Dimitrijs Korablovs, Executive Housekeeper, Homewood Suites Columbia 


  • Tourism Partner of the Year:
    • I.M.P.
    • The Howard Hughes Corporation
    • Downtown Columbia Arts & Culture Commission
  • Tourism Ambassador(s) Of The Year:
    • Pam Long
    • Marlys East


  • Tourism Partner of the Year:
    • The Marriner Family
  • Tourism Ambassador Of The Year:
    • Private First Class Travis Turner, Community Resource Officer for Old Ellicott City


  • Tourism Partner of the Year:
    • Custom Media Options


  • Tourism Partner(s) of the Year: 
    • Elite Tournaments
    • Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults


  • Tourism Partner(s) of the Year:
    • Columbia Association
    • Historic Savage Mill


  • Tourism Partner(s) of the Year:
    • Howard County Delegation, Maryland Senate, Maryland House of Representatives
    • Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Howard County Council

Prior to 2012

  • Tourism Partners of the Year:
    • Columbia Triathlon
    • Clarks Elioak Farm
    • Turf Valley