Visit Montgomery News

See what we’ve been up to in FY 2018!

Read about the Visit Montgomery Team’s continuous efforts to promote our destination and our partners. Information includes: trade shows, events and more…

FEBRUARY

February 17, 2018

Leticia Cobian-Engel, Marketing Manager, and Jessica Gardner, Community Engagement Coordinator, attended the inaugural Montgomery County Maryland Brewery Tour.

February 16, 2018

Cory Van Horn, Director of Marketing, and Jessica Gardner, Community Engagement Coordinator, hosted an information table at the second annual Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase at the Silver Spring Civic Center.

February 16, 2018

Kelly Groff, Cory Van Horn and Leticia Cobian-Engel, Visit Montgomery team members, alongside Katie Doherty attended Tourism Day in Annapolis, MD

February 13, 2018

Kelly Groff, President & CEO, and Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended the Destinations International Destination Showcase event in Washington, DC.

February 13, 2018

Jessica Gardner, Community Engagement Coordinator, and Leticia Engel, Marketing Manager, attended the Destination DC Open House event in Washington, DC.

February 8, 2018

Kelly Groff, President & CEO, attended the 2018 Maryland Hotel Lodging Association (MHLA) Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon alongside, Katie Doherty, Visit Montgomery Board Chair.

JANUARY

January 30 – 2, 2018

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended RCMA 2018 Emerge Conference in Omaha, NE with a total of 18 sales appointments.

January 27 – 30, 2018

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended ABA Marketplace in Charlotte, NC with a total of 45 sales appointments.

January 20, 2018

Cory Van Horn, Director of Marketing, attended the Travel & Adventure Show in Washington, DC.

January 17 2018

Kelly Groff, President & CEO, helped judge nominees for the upcoming MD Hotel Lodging Association Stars of the Industry Awards Ceremony.

DECEMBER

December 14, 2017

Leticia Engel joined the Visit Montgomery team as our new Marketing Manager.

December 13 – 19, 2017

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended the National Tour Association (NTA) Travel Exchange 2017 Conference.

December 2017

Cory Van Horn, Director of Marketing, spoke with Meetings Today to promote local restaurants and discuss the culinary experience of Montgomery, MD. Read the article here.

NOVEMBER

November 28, 2017

Kelly Groff, President and CEO, interviewed with Maryland Sports on sporting facilities and opportunities within Montgomery, MD. Read the article here.

November 27, 2017

Original opening team members Will Flores, Ellen Lambert, Keane Bell, Lee Callicutt, and Virginia Villegas from Summerfield Suites share memories and say goodbyes as the Hyatt House Gaithersburg closes.

November 14, 2017

Director of Marketing Cory Van Horn and Sales Managers Cynthia Younes and Lee Callicutt attended the Marriott Global Customer Appreciation Event at Pinstripes North Bethesda.

November 14, 2017

Visit Montgomery hosted their Lunch and Learn at Clarksburg Premium Outlets.

November 8, 2017

Kelly Groff, President & CEO, and Cory Van Horn, Director of Marketing, attended the 2017 Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit in College Park, MD.

November 8, 2017

Kelly Groff, President & CEO, attended the Hospitality Management Program of Montgomery College’s Visioning Session at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus.

November 6, 2017

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended a Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) event at Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

November 2, 2017

Cynthia Younes, Sales Manager and Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended Destination DC’s preview event of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.

November 1, 2017

Cynthia Younes, Sales Manager, attended MPI Potomac‘s November Educational Event at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.

OCTOBER

October 27-29, 2017

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended Inaugural Spotlight on the Mid Atlantic in Baltimore, MD with partner Kim Levy from the Radisson Rockville.

October 24-26, 2017

Cynthia Younes, Sales Manager, attended Connect Medical 2017 in Cincinnati, OH. The conference focuses on education and appointment-only trade shows for the medical meetings and events industry.

October 24-26, 2017

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended Connect Faith 2017 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, OH. The conference focuses on education and appointment-only trade shows for planners, suppliers, and experts in faith-based meetings, conferences, and events.

October 23-26, 2017

Jessica Gardner, Community Engagement Coordinator, attended Destinations International Membership Summit 2017 in Charlotte, NC.

October 20, 2017

Cory Van Horn, Director of Marketing, attended the MATPRA quarterly meeting at Seven Springs in Laurel Highlands, PA.

October 10-12, 2017

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager, attended Maryland Mini MORE, a traveling tradeshow, and the Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association 2017 Marketplace in Atlantic City, NJ.

SEPTEMBER

September 12-14, 2017

Cory Van Horn, Director of Marketing, and Jessica Gardner, Partnership and Marketing Specialist, attended MATPRA 2017 in Winchester, VA in order to connect with travel writers interested in promoting Montgomery County.

September 12, 2017

Visit Montgomery hosted its bi-monthly “Lunch and Learn” at the Holiday Inn Express Germantown from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

AUGUST

August 30, 2017

Visit Montgomery said good bye to Karla Saravia, Digital Marketing Manager, as she departs her position on August 30, 2017. Karla has worked with Visit Montgomery for 4 years and will be missed by the staff and her colleagues in the industry.  We wish her luck in her new position as Marketing Manager with Westfield.

August 25-28, 2017

Lee Callicutt attended SYTA Conference in Albuquerque, NM with representatives from Holiday Inn Gaithersburg and National 4-H Conference Center.

August 21-23, 2017

Cynthia Younes and Lee Callicutt attended the 2017 Connect Tradeshow at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

August 21, 2017

Kelly Groff attended a Travel Talks Roundtable with Congressman Jamie Raskin alongside other tourism professionals on August 21, 2017 at the Bethesda Marriott.

August 16, 2017

Kelly Groff attended the Maryland Tourism Coalition and Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organization’s Reception, August 16 at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel.

August 10, 2017

Jessica Gardner attended the Wine & Chocolate tasting event at Clarksburg Premium Outlets which highlighted local wines and chocolate from Lindt Chocolate.

August 7-8, 2017

Visit Montgomery paired with Streetsense in order to gain insight on Montgomery County to help begin creating a new brand.

August 4, 2017

Karla Saravia attended the Pinstripes Grand Opening event at Pike & Rose. Check out their new location here.

August 2, 2017

Kelly Groff attended a local alcohol production roundtable hosted by Councilmember Reimer. Local breweries, wineries, and distilleries also attened.  This industry sector continues to grow in Montgomery County and offers a great tasting experience for locals and visitors to Montgomery County.  Topics discussed at the roundtable included licensing, zoning, permitting, incentives, and marketing.

JULY

July 27, 2017

Cynthia Younes and Lee Callicutt attended Hilton Gaithersburg’s “re-invigorated and re-imagined” celebration event.

July 27, 2017

President and CEO of Visit Montgomery, Kelly Groff, was interviewed for MCEDC‘s Montgomery 365 video series: We Are Montgomery County. Learn more and see the final footage here.

July 1, 2017

Visit Montgomery is proud to welcome Jill McCarthy, Director of Marketing Pike & Rose, Federal Realty as our newest Board Member. Take a look at our full 2017 Board here.

FISCAL YEAR 2017

JUNE

June 30, 2017

The Visit Montgomery team had lunch with Ruth O’Rourke and students from China studying at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on June 30, 2017. The Visit Montgomery team members discussed their roles and answered questions about the tourism industry.

June 22, 2017

Lee Callicutt, Sales Manager for Visit Montgomery, attended the Inaugural ACFUSA Peace and Security for Africa Summit on June 22, 2017 at the Hilton Gaithersburg. The meeting was booked by Mabel Olufelo, an attendee of Visit Montgomery’s April FAM Tour.

June 21, 2017

Cynthia Younes attended Destination DC’s Meeting Speed Networking Event on June 21, 2017 at Nationals Park.

June 21, 2017

Visit Montgomery is sad to see Bethany Manimbo, Director of Marketing, depart her position on July 14, 2017. Bethany has worked with Visit Montgomery for 7 years and will be missed by the staff and her colleagues in the industry.  We wish her luck in her new position as Outreach Marketing Manager with the Montgomery County Department of Procurement.

June 13, 2017

Karla Saravia, Digital Marketing Manager for Visit Montgomery, attended the Montgomery County Chamber Annual Dinner on June 13, 2017. Nelly’s Echo, a local band featured in Visit Montgomery’s tourism video, performed at the event. 

June 12 – 15, 2017

Cynthia Younes, Sales Manager for Visit Montgomery, attended the CVENT Connect Trade Show from Jun 12 – 15, 2017.

June 10, 2017

Bethany Manimbo and Karla Saravia hosted an IPW FAM tour on June 10, 2017. The FAM tour a full-day event, starting in Frederick and ending the day with a performance by Los Cafres at the Fillmore in Silver Spring. 

June 5, 2017

Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan joined by members of the hospitality community and Korean Marylanders welcomed buyers attending International Pow Wow (IPW) for a dinner at Morton’s Steakhouse in Bethesda on Monday, June 5. Pictured left to right: Katie Doherty, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Gaithersburg, Yumi Hogan and Kelly Groff.

June 5, 2017

The Culture Trip published “Why You Should Visit Montgomery County: A Hidden Gem of D.C.” on May 19, 2017. Washington Parent will be including Visit Montgomery’s blog “Best Ice Cream Spots in Montgomery County” in their e-newsletter on Monday, June 5, 2017. Read more here.

June 5 – 7, 2017

Lee Callicutt represented the Maryland Office of Tourism and Montgomery in the Capital Region USA booth at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. He met with International Buyers from Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Korea, Netherlands, and the U.S..

June 4, 2017

Lee Callicutt attended the Celebrate Under the Stars IPW event at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on June 4, 2017.

June 1, 2017

Visit Montgomery hosted its Summer Networking Event on June 1, 2017. A special thank you goes out to Copper Canyon Grill! For more information about Copper Canyon Grill, contact Kelli Harp. 

June 2017

June is one of the busiest months for print and online advertising placements!
Print advertising placements:

  • Meredith Women’s Travel Group: Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Traditional Home, Eating Well, All Recipes, Everyday With Rachel Ray
  • Hearst Women’s Travel Group: Country Living, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day
  • AAA World Magazine
  • The National (Amtrak’s on-board magazine)
  • Golf Week/Quicken Loans National Program
  • Destination DC co-op in SIX city magazines: New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles Magazine

Online advertising placements:

  • Matador Network
  • Destination DC

MAY

May 31, 2017

Visit Montgomery officially moved to our new office space on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Visit Montgomery is one of three agencies in the new office space. Space is being shared with Work Source Montgomery and the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation. Thank you to all of our partners who have been patient with us during the move!
Click here for our new contact information.

May 23, 2017

Matador Network is the leading adventure lifestyle brand of the millennial generation and beyond. Their hyper-engaging content has made them the most visited travel lifestyle publisher in the world, and their branded content outranks all other digital publishers in the travel industry. Visit Montgomery partnered with Matador to create an outdoor-adventure themed video. The video was posted on May 23, 2017 and already has 70,000 views on the Matador Facebook page.

May 11, 2017

Kelly Groff, President and CEO, Visit Montgomery and members of the lodging community attended the Montgomery County Planning Board Hearing ZTA 16-03 on May 11, 2017.  Following this hearing, The Montgomery County Planning Board submitted their recommendations to the Montgomery County Council on Zoning Text Amendment 16-03 and zoning for short term rentals.
Click here for more information.

May 10, 2017

Visit Montgomery has been recognized as having one of the Top 100 Tourism Blogs on the internet. A group of panelists from Feedspot voted Visit Montgomery’s blog as #48. Read more here.

May 8, 2017

Jessica Gardner and Karla Saravia attended the Tourism Day celebration at the Mason Dixon Welcome and Fulfillment Center on May 8, 2017.

May 7 – 13, 2017

Visit Montgomery participated in U.S. Travel’s Faces of Travel Campaign in honor of National Travel and Tourism Week 2017. Watch some of our highlighted partners here.

May 4, 2017

Kelly Groff, President and CEO of Visit Montgomery, attended the Spring Garden Party Dinner at Montgomery College on May 4, 2017. Hosted by the Marriott Hospitality Program, the students served a four-course meal to local business leaders and college staff and faculty.

May 3, 2017

Kelly Groff, President and CEO of Visit Montgomery, attended the National CyberSecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Speaker Series Event on Improving the Customer Experience Without Increasing Cyber Risk-A-Hospitality Challenge on May 3, 2017.

 

APRIL

April 26 – 28, 2017

Visit Montgomery hosted 20 meeting planners for a county-wide FAM tour. Most planners were from out of town, but some local planners attended as well. 

April 26, 2017

On April 26, 2017, the Visit Montgomery staff presented an update on the FY 2017 current year programming and budget. The PHED Committee is chaired by Councilmember Nancy Floreen and includes Councilmembers Leventhal and Riemer.

April 25, 2017

Visit Montgomery hosted its second annual Digital Marketing Summit on April 25, 2017. Thank you to all who attended our Digital Marketing Summit on April 25, 2017. A special thank you to AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center and Whole Foods for making this event possible. We could not have hosted this event without the generosity of our sponsors. Thank you to our Gold level sponsor, Washington Post Digital, and our Bronze level sponsor, Ironmark. Click here for more information and a review of the event.

April 4, 2017

Ted Xenohristos, Founder of CAVA Mezze, was the guest speaker at the April 4, 2017 Montgomery College Hospitality Program, Rockville Campus.

MARCH

March / April 2017

Visit Montgomery launched its “Indulge 5 Senses” Campaign in AAA Magazine. This campaign will run throughout March and April.

March 31, 2017

Kelly Groff from Visit Montgomery and Ellie Giles from WorkSource Montgomery attended the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Annual Public Safety Awards Luncheon on March 31, 2017. 

March 28, 2017

MatadorNetwork.com is the world’s largest online travel magazine with 9 million monthly readers and hundreds of contributors from across the globe. Visit Montgomery has partnered with Matador to launch a nationwide campaign. Matador published a branded article on March 28, 2017 that will receive 200,000 impressions – “The best place to stay on a trip to DC is Montgomery County. Here’s why.” Matador will also produce a 90-120 second video featuring Montgomery County. The video is scheduled to launch early May 2017.

March 20 – 22, 2017

DMO Regional Partners at Destination Marketing Association International CEO Summit, March 20-22, 2017. Left to right:  Kelly Groff; Barry Biggar, FXVA; Emily Cassell, Stay Arlington; and Connie Del Signore, Visit Annapolis 

March 17, 2017

Shalomi Sanders has taken a Sales Manager position at the Bolger Center. We wish her the best of luck in her new position and we look forward to working with her in the future. Until the position has been filled, please contact Kelly Groff with sports tournament housing questions.

March 12 – 15, 2017

Cynthia Younes attended Pharma Forum 2017 on March 12 – 15, 2017 at the Gaylord in National Harbor. She is pictured here with Ryan Hoehne from the Sheraton Silver Spring and Michelle Trujillo from the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.

March 7, 2017

Each year, Visit Montgomery funds a Hospitality Scholarship for students at Montgomery College. On March 7, 2017, two students, accompanied by Montgomery College representative Noah Saposnik, came by to share their success stories. Vira Safai, past Chair of the Visit Montgomery Board of Directors, joined in on the visit. Vira teaches classes at Montgomery College and is the owner/operator of the Comfort Inn Gaithersburg. 

March 3, 2017

The Visit Montgomery team participated in Maryland Tourism Day on March 3, 2017. This annual event brings together tourism professionals and members of the Maryland legislature. Governor Larry Hogan addressed the group and emphasized the importance of tourism in Maryland.

March 2, 2017

Cynthia Younes, Sales Manager for Visit Montgomery, attended DMAI’s Destination Showcase on March 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C..

FEBRUARY

February / March 2017

The Travel Spike campaign is geo-targeted to audiences in DE, NJ, PA, WV, NY, CT and MA. The campaign runs on travel newsletters nationwide, such as Budget Travel. It is currently promoting Spring events from the Visit Montgomery blog Everything You Need to do in Moco This Spring.

February 22, 2017

Visit Montgomery hosted its Winter Networking Event on February 22, 2017. Thank you to all who came out and joined us for this wonderful event. We are especially grateful to Summer House at Pike and Rose for hosting this event.

February 17, 2017

Visit Montgomery team members Bethany Manimbo and Karla Saravia attended the Love Thy Beer event on February 17, 2017 at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Four Montgomery County breweries participated in the event: Waredaca, Denizens, Brookeville Beer Farm, and 7 Locks Brewing. Visit Montgomery was live on Facebook for the first time at this event! Check out the Visit Montgomery live video here.

February 6 – 10, 2017

Cynthia Younes, Sales Manager for Visit Montgomery, attended the RCMA Emerge 2017 Conference February 6-10 in Chicago, IL. (Pictured with Franklin Bolster from the Hilton Washington D.C. North / Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center.)

February 2017

The Travel Spike campaign is promoting the Love Thy Beer event to audiences in DE, NJ, PA, WV, NY, CT and MA. The campaign is running a sweepstakes that will award the winner with a weekend stay at the Sheraton Silver Spring and 2 tickets to the event.

JANUARY

January 14 – 17, 2017

Cynthia attended the 2017 ABA Marketplace Show on January 14-17 in Cleveland, OH. She participated in the DC Dine Around with Destination DC, Visit Frederick and other DMO’s hosting 21 Tour Operators for dinner.

DECEMBER

December 14, 2016

Cynthia attended Connect DC on December 14, 2016 and participated in the “Rumbler’s panel”. The panel discussed questions proposed by the audience and consisted of CVB professionals and meeting planners.

December 9, 2016

The Visit Montgomery staff, Bethany Manimbo, Karla Saravia, and Jessica Gardner, and Cynthia Younes attended the event at Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel and Executive Meeting Center on December 9. The hotel partnered with Hot 99.5 and raffled prizes to guests.

December 9, 2016

On November 9, Cynthia Younes attended Marriott’s Customer Appreciation Event at La Tosca in Rockville. The event’s theme Paella-Making.

December 7, 2016

Visit Montgomery hosted its Annual Holiday Party and Open House. Thank you to all partners who attended. A special thank you to all partners who donated food and raffle prizes. See pictures from the event here.

NOVEMBER

November 21, 2016

Visit Montgomery is moving November 21, 2016 to 1801 Rockville Pike, Suite 320, Rockville, MD 20852. Email access and telephone service will be out on Monday, November 21 and possibly Tuesday, November 22. We are closed on Thursday November 24 and Friday November 25 for Thanksgiving.

November 8, 2016

The Digital Marketing Summit won the Best Small Event Award at the Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit!  This was the first time Visit Montgomery won an award in this category.  Visit Montgomery is grateful to its sponsor, Washington Post Digital, for making the Digital Marketing Summit possible.  The Visit Montgomery Team is already planning the 2nd Annual Digital Marketing Summit for 2017. Click here for the press release.

November 2 – 4, 2016

Bethany Manimbo and Karla Saravia attended the three-day conference in Baltimore, MD. The education sessions focused on tourism data, global economic trends and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development’s marketing plans for Fiscal Year 2017. We were pleased to see Damon Callis, our partner from Urban Winery at the event!

November 1, 2017

Bethany Manimbo and Jessica Gardner attended Visit Frederick’s Annual Meeting on November 1st at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. Visit Frederick celebrated its 40th year of success by sharing its history with members and guests through a slideshow and awards presentation.

November 2017

Visit Montgomery has established a Hospitality Scholarship at Montgomery College for students in financial need. This scholarship assists the 200-plus enrolled in the hospitality program with tuition and supplies. Read the November Newsletter. 

OCTOBER

October 27, 2017

Kelly Groff attended the opening of the Clarksburg Premium Outlets on Thursday, October 27th. The outlets are the newest shopping addition to Montgomery County with more than 90 stores open just in time for the holidays! Learn more here.

October 2016

Visit Montgomery hosted its Annual Meeting and Hospitality Awards on October , 2017. Thank-you to all the partners who attended the Annual Meeting and Hospitality Awards from the Visit Montgomery Staff (pictured right). Slide presentations are available on our website. Special thank you to the following partners for their involvement in making this event such a success:

  • Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
  • Butler’s Orchard
  • Ironmark

Our Hospitality Award winners are:

  • Ted Seale: The William Hanna Award
  • Montgomery Parks: The Discover MoCo Award
  • Raul Berrios, Hyatt Regency Bethesda: The Smile and Service Award
  • Michael Rehm, Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel and Executive Meeting Center: The Foodie Award

Read more about our award winners here.

 

October 26, 2016

On Wednesday, October 26, Cynthia attended the seminar and learned that drones and virtual reality headsets are now being offered for client meetings, site tours, and events.

October 25 – 26, 2017

Cynthia participated in No Child Hungry by packing meals at Connect Faith on October 25-27 in Orlando, Florida. The event was held with the theme of “fight hunger around the corner … and around the world”. While there, Cynthia, attended the opening of the I-Drive 360 Wax Museum.

SEPTEMBER

September 5, 2016

Shalomi Sanders, Housing and Client Services Specialist, gave birth to a healthy baby boy on September 5, 2016. We wish mom and baby all the best.