Cecil Recognizes Tourism Partners

The Cecil County Tourism Partner Appreciation Breakfast recognized more than fifty businesses and organizations that partner with the County on marketing, sponsorship, discounts, promotions, events, and travel writer visits.

“We were thrilled to bring this annual event back after a two-year hiatus due to covid,” said Tourism Manager Sandy Turner. “The event gives us the chance to appreciate and thank our generous partners for all their amazing support.”

According to a County press release:

 In addition, a panel of judges reviewed and scored nominations in several special award categories.  The winners for 2022 were as follows:

Judges Award of Excellence:
Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill

Tourism Economic Impact Award (two winners this year):
Chesapeake Inn
Schaefer’s Canal House

Outstanding Event:
St Mary Anne’s Garden Market

Tourism Business of the Year:
Mt. Harmon Plantation

“Tourism Gives Back” Award
Elkton Eclipse

The tourism staff selected their “Tourism Partners of the Year”:
Upper Shore Regional Council
Maryland Office of Tourism

The County Executive & County Council Tourism Award went to:
Town of North East

The final award of the morning was the Tourism Person of the Year. This person is an entrepreneur who understands the importance of visitor experience, creativity, and partnership.  In his early years of working in the industry, he listened to visitors and took to heart a frequent wish to experience the water.  That lead to the opening of his paddling business which has been a huge success.  He enthusiastically hosts travel writers, helps with projects, and supports tourism efforts.  He served on North East Chamber board, and now serves as a Town of North East Commissioner, but never looks for recognition or the spotlight.  He quietly does what he does, dedicating time, energy, caring, and expertise simply because he believes he should.”

The 2022 Tourism Person of the Year recipient is:
Kelly Benson (Bay Venture Outfitters and Port House Grill)

Visit the Cecil County website for more information.