New Baltimore County website promotes tourism
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:38

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by Ben Boehl

    The Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion agency has launched a new website called enjoybaltimorecounty.com.
    The site was created to promote restaurants, accommodations, attractions and events in the area. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz  said the site informs county residents about all the amenities around the county, including the places in your neighborhood and some of the unknown events in other neighborhoods.
  

“With so much to see and do, Baltimore County is truly a special place,” Kamenetz said in a statement.
    “A day can begin with shopping in one of our neighborhood downtowns and end with a beautiful dinner overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.”
    The website’s listings include several places in the Dundalk-Edgemere area.
    The Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society and Museum, Eastpoint Mall, Rocking Horse Antiques and the Southeast Regional Recreation Center are listed as attractions in Dundalk, along with North Point State Park and Fort Howard Park.
    “Now a visitor or resident can experience all that Baltimore County has to offer with this redesigned interactive website,” Kamenetz stated about the site.
    The event page listed only one event in Dundalk — the 16th Annual Baltimore County Public Schools Fine Arts Dance Festival, which is being held tonight [April 11] at Patapsco High School.
    The website did include the local Defenders Daycelebration, which has become a two-day event that is taking place on Sept. 7 and 8, but there was no mention of the Heritage Fair or any of the other Independence Day activities in the Dundalk area.
    No Edgemere or Sparrows Point restaurants made the county website. The Costas Inn, the  Dun Dealgan Irish Pub, The Sea Horse Inn and The Seasoned Mariner were the only four restaurants mentioned on the site.
    The popular Jimmy’s Famous Seafood was not listed, but that restaurant is actually in Baltimore City.
    Even though Squire’s Italian Restaurant is near the city line, it is still officially in the county but is not listed on the county tourism website either.
    Marjorie Hampson, director of Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion, explained that the tourism page is in its infancy and that the events, businesses and attractions are just a starting point. She said the county encourages county residents to promote their businesses and events.
    “This is user-driven. We would love for people to get on there and promote their event or business,” Hampson told The Eagle. “If it’s a community event, we will get it in.”
    Hampson explained that her staff evaluates an event to make sure it is for tourists. She gave an example of how bingo night or a bake sale is not that appealing for tourists and would not be added to the site.
    “We are not going to place everything that we get,” Hampson warned.
    She also recommended to send any announcements weeks — if not months — in advance because it takes her staff a few days to evaluate and decide if the event is worth posting.
    Hampson is excited about the site as she feels it is a great way for the public to find out what is going on in the county and a better way for organizers to promote their businesses and events to the public.
    “It’s much better than what has been up there before,” Hampson added.