Welcome Center Adjusts Summer Hours
ST. MARY'S COUNTY - 6/19/2010
St. Mary’s County announces new hours for the St. Mary’s County Welcome Center in Charlotte Hall. Beginning July 1 though September 30, open hours at the Welcome Center will be Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, from 10 AM to 3 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM. Beginning October 1, open hours will be Fridays and Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM until April 30. In 2011, the longer weekend hours will begin on March 25. Maryland Day is the official ‘opening’ of the tourist season in St. Mary’s County.
The Welcome Center will remain open during peak hours. Cost savings will be used to develop an electronic marketing program. “Visitors now make travel plans electronically and these new marketing strategies will more effectively promote local sites, attractions and tourism and hospitality businesses. This is a win/win situation for our tourism industry and serves as a testament to the strong ongoing partnership between the St. Mary’s County government and the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce,” notes Francis Jack Russell, President, Board of County Commissioners. “Both entities are committed to working together to attract more visitors to the county and to serve them well when they arrive. In these tough economic times, I believe we have hit upon a balanced and realistic approach to growing our tourism industry without increasing county spending.”