Hagerstown to Host Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association’s Spring Conference March 31-April 3, 2016.

March 29, 2016


Hagerstown to Host Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association’s Spring Conference March 31-April 3, 2016.

Hagerstown to Host Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association’s Spring Conference March 31-April 3, 2016. Over 20 outdoor travel journalists to attend conference and tour Washington County.

(Hagerstown MD) -- Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is pleased to announce that the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association’s Spring Conference will be held March 31-April 3, 2016, at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, in Hagerstown.  Over 20 travel journalists who specialize in outdoor writing and blogging are expected to attend the conference.

The Conference theme is “Making Money in a Digital World…Touch 10 Million Lives” and seminars will be held at the hotel for the writers and journalists.  

The conference will begin with an option to spend the night at a private hunting camp in Washington County on March 31st.  There, they will have an opportunity to test drives ATV’s, learn how to pick wild mushrooms, in addition to sessions on Crossbow hunting, Turkey Hunting Strategies and fishing in the Potomac.  On April 1, the conference will move to the Homewood Suites by Hilton for seminars and touring the county.

The writers will begin the tour on April 1, beginning with a luncheon session with speaker, Michael Burditt from the Maryland Park Service, at the Old South Mountain Inn. After lunch they will tour Antietam Battlefield and visit the Pry House Field Museum. Following the tour, the group will gather for a craft brew tasting and dinner at Benny’s Pub in Hagerstown. The dinner is being sponsored by the Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and their motor coach transportation is being sponsored by the Maryland Office of Tourism.

Following lunch in downtown Hagerstown at Bulls and Bears on Saturday, April 2, there will be a panel discussion with representatives from the Herald Mail and Hagerstown Magazine, held at the Herald Mail. Spouses will shop at the Hagerstown Premium Outlets. Sunday will include a special seminar at Hendershot’s Sporting Center’s new facility in Hagerstown.

Conference chair and 1rst Vice President of the Association, Joe Byers, is an outdoor travel writer who lives in Washington County.  He said, “We are thrilled to have the writers come here and see all that can be done by outdoor enthusiasts. The seminars that we are offering are becoming increasingly important as we move into the digital age of media.”

Dan Spedden, President of the CVB, stated, “We are thrilled to be the destination to host this event. Having this group of over 20 travel writers meet here gives us the chance to really show off our parks, and other sites with outdoor appeal.  We are providing a great subject material and services to encourage each writer to generate articles, blogs and other forms of media coverage for Washington County. Our organization has been immersed in the celebration of the Centennial of the National Parks this year, and we are pleased to be able to show off some of these assets.”

For more information about the Mason Dixon Outdoor Writers Association, visit their website: http://mdowa.com/

About Visit Hagerstown:

Visit Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. Visit Hagerstown helps to create growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about the CVB, or to see events coming up throughout Washington County, go to www.visithagerstown.com.

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