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Glossary of Maryland Tourism Industry Acronyms

AAA – American Automobile Association
AAU – Amateur Athletic Union
ABA – American Bus Association
ABPP – American Battlefield Protection Program
ADI – Area of Dominant Influence
AH&MA – American Hotel & Motel Association
ASAE – American Society of Association Executives
ASTA – American Society of Travel Agents
ATA – American Telemarketing Association

BACVA – Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association
B&B – Bed and Breakfast
BeNeLux – Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg
BGTW – British Guild of Travel Writers
BTA – Baltimore Tourism Association
BWI – Baltimore/Washington Int’l Airport

CAA – Canadian Automobile Association
CBG/WT – Chesapeake Bay Gateway/Water Trail
CPL – Cost per lead
CRUSA – Capital Region USA
CVB – Convention and Visitors Bureau
CY – Calendar Year

DBED – Department of Business & Economic Development
DHCD – Department of Housing & Community Development
DMO – Destination Marketing Organization
DNR – Department of Natural Resources
DOT – Department of Transportation
DTFA – Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts

EDC – Executive Director’s Council
ESTO – Educational Seminar for Travel Officials

FAM – Familiarization Tour
FIT – Fully Independent Traveler
FY – Fiscal Year (beginning July 1)

GLAMER – Group Leaders of America Trade Show
GNJMA – Greater New Jersey Motorcoach Association
GWSAE – Greater Washington Society of Association Executives

HSMAI – Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

IACVB – International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus
IDRC – International Development Research Council
IMG – International Motorcoach Group
ISTEA – Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act

MADMO – Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations
M&C – Meetings and Conventions
MCT – Multicultural Tourism
MCWTI – Maryland Civil War Trails Initiative
MDSAE – Maryland Society of Association Executives
MH&MA – Maryland Hotel & Motel Association
MHTA – Maryland Heritage and Tourism Areas Authority
MHT – Maryland Historic Trust
Mini-MORE – Mini Maryland On the Road Enterprise
MISA – Motorist Information Services Association
MMA – Maryland Motorcoach Association
MNRP – Maryland National Road Partnership
MORE – Maryland On the Road Enterprise
MPI – Meeting Professionals International
MSDE – Maryland State Dept of Education
MTDB – Maryland Tourism Development Board
MTC – Maryland Tourism Council

NASC – National Association of Sports Commissions
NATJA – North American Travel Journalist’s Assoc.
NCBMP – National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals
NCSTD – National Council of State Travel Directors
NHT – National Heritage Trail
NMMN – National Motorcoach Marketing Network
NPF – National Park Foundation
NPS – National Park Service
NSB – National Scenic Byway
NTA – National Tour Association
NTHP – National Trust for Historic Preservation
NTO – National Tourism Organization

OMCA – Ontario Motorcoach Association
OTD – Office of Tourism Development
OWAA – Outdoor Writers Association of America

PBA – Pennsylvania Bus Association
PCMA – Professional Convention Management Assoc.
PDI – Product Development Initiative
POWA – Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Assoc.
PR – Public Relations
PRSA – Public Relations Society of America

RAM – Restaurant Association of Maryland
RCMA – Religious Conference Management Assoc.
RFP – Request for Proposals
ROI – Return on Investment
RSA – Receptive Services Association
RV – Recreational Vehicle

SATW – Society of American Travel Writers
SEOPA – Southeastern Outdoor Press Association
SGMP – Society of Government Meeting Planners
SHA – State Highway Administration
SSB – State Scenic Byway
STICDA – State Travel Information Center Directors Alliance
SYTA – Student Youth & Travel Association

TAC – Tourism Advisory Committee
TIA – Travel Industry Association of America
TODS – Tourist Oriented Directional Signage
TMAC – Travel Media Association of Canada
TPA – Tourism Promotion Agency
TTRA – Travel and Tourism Research Association

UGRR – Underground Railroad
UK – United Kingdom
UMA – United Motorcoach Association
USOC – United States Olympic Committee
USTDC – United States Travel Data Center

VMA – Virginia Motorcoach Association

W1812 – War of 1812
WTM – World Travel Market
WWW – World Wide Web