Want to help welcome visitors? Volunteers sought

March 07, 2005

The Maryland Office of Tourism wants you!

Nancy Wilson, manager of Maryland's Welcome Centers, said volunteers are needed at the Sideling Hill Welcome Center near Hancock, and also the nearby Interstate 70 East and West Welcome Centers near Myersville, Md., she said.

Volunteer opportunities in-clude becoming an information specialist. "This person greets visitors, assist with directions, hotel accommodations, itineraries, greet motor coaches and work with the tourism industry and private sector representatives," Wilson said.

She said training will cover the history of Maryland, its people, heritage, government, economy, geography, recreation, and attractions.

"This position has additional perks such as going on familiarization tours, attending special events, Maryland logo apparel, plus more - and is very suitable for adults who have a true fondness for helping people, and a real love for Washington County and Maryland," Wilson said.


Those interested in volunteering can call Janet Shenk at 410-767-6292, Wilson said. She said she encourages retirees and other seniors to participate.

Visitation to Welcome Centers in and around Washington County increased in 2004, compared to prior years.

For instance, the Interstate 70 East Welcome Center saw an increase of about 7 percent, and helped more than 113,000 travelers, the state tourism office said in a press release.

It said the the number of visitors stopping at the I-70 West Welcome Center increased about 12 percent over the prior year, helping more than 77,000 visitors.

At the Sideling Hill center, there was also an increase though the exact number wasn't given in the press release. More than 125,000 people stopped at the center, the state tourism office said.

Also, last year, occupancy at hotels throughout Washington County increased by more than 14 percent compared to the prior year, according to the press release.

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