OCEAN CITY, Md. – Armed with caramel popcorn and saltwater taffy and donning his yellow “Vacation Day” shirt, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan completed a media tour of Washington, D.C., on Thursday, June 4, generating more than $30,000 in advertising dollar equivalency. The Mayor made appearances on D.C. television and radio stations to promote Ocean City’s new smoking ordinance, Parkmobile app, and family-friendly summer events taking place throughout the season.
Mayor Meehan visited four of D.C.’s top media outlets, including: WTTG-TV FOX 5, WJLA-TV ABC 7/News Channel 8, WUSA-TV CBS 9, and WTOP-FM. The Mayor’s iconic yellow shirt served as a reminder to all DC residents to put their vacation days to good use this year with a trip to Ocean City.
“Our trip to Washington, D.C., couldn’t have come at a better time with the summer season really starting to kick off for vacationers,” said Mayor Meehan. “There are so many new things going on in Ocean City this year, including our new smoking ordinance and Parkmobile app. We also have an exciting lineup of events in store this summer, like the Ocean City Air Show, which is taking place June 13-14. There’s no better way to spend your hard earned vacation days than in Ocean City.”
Ocean City’s new smoking rules, which took effect May 1, are intended to help keep Ocean City’s beach clean while accommodating both smokers and nonsmokers. The Boardwalk is a smoke-free zone, and designated smoking areas with waste receptacles are provided along the beach and 15 feet off the Boardwalk. With the Parkmobile app, Ocean City visitors can add more time to their parking meter conveniently from their phone.
Mayor Meehan also promoted the town’s new Trip Planner on ococean.com, which allows visitors to plan the perfect trip to Ocean City by helping them find the right accommodations to fit their budget, things to do, and places to see. Users can also create an itinerary to share with family and friends for a perfect, stress-free vacation.
All media tours are organized by the town’s agency, MGH, and coordinated by Donna Abbott, Tourism Director for the Town of Ocean City.