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German journalists explore region

June 13, 2006

Several German journalists visited Washington County June 4 and 5 as part of a familiarization tour.

The tour was hosted by the Maryland Office of Tourism and the Capital Region USA. The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau helped plan and coordinate the trip, and sponsored the Washington County portion of the foreign delegation's visit.

The tour covered Washington, D.C., and the capital region, which includes Virginia and Maryland.

The German media visited Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Jonathan Hager House, C&O Canal Museum and Visitor Center in Williamsport, and Prime Outlets. They ended a day of sightseeing in Washington County with dinner at Hagerstown's Schmankerl Stube-Bavarian Restaurant.

The visiting journalists included:

  • Johanna Thompson, who specializes in travel features for Welt am Sonntag, Germany's largest Sunday newspaper, with more than 600,000 readers.

  • Helmut Etzkorn, editor of a large publishing house in central Germany, which has a portfolio of 20 daily regional newspapers with travel sections. Etzkorn said he would be writing two travel features about this visit for several of the newspapers.

  • Dorothee Baer-Bogenschtz, who writes for travel sections of significant newspapers, including Frankfurter Rundschau and Tagesspiegel Berlin; and art magazines, including the monthly arts newspaper Kunstzeitung, offered nationwide in museums, galleries and elsewhere.

  • Franziska Bluhm, editor of the economic/finance magazine Geld-Idee (Money Idea), which has a lifestyle and travel section, and sells 150,000 copies nationwide each month. Several airlines have this magazine in their portfolio of on-board newspapers.

  • Rainer Traser of Claasen Communication, who already has posted an article on the company Web site about the Jonathan Hager House. If you can read German, it is posted at www.claasen.de/ newsdetail.php?ID=884.
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