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September is International Underground Railroad Month

This September, join Maryland’s commemoration of International Underground Railroad Month and help inspire visitors to travel and learn more about the Underground Railroad. OTD has developed a Social Media Guide with all the information you need to maximize your social messaging during September. Included are the goals of International Underground Railroad Month, suggested hashtags, best  Read the Rest…

Governor Hogan Proclaims September International Underground Railroad Month

For the second year in a row, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed September as International Underground Railroad Month, which recognizes Maryland as the most powerful Underground storytelling destination in the world. It also commemorates all those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers.  Read the Rest…

OTD Launches New VisitMaryland.org Website

OTD is in the initial “soft” launch of its complete redesign of VisitMaryland.org, the official website of Maryland travel. The new site design has been more than a year in the making in collaboration with the team at Miles Partnership and the entire OTD staff. Visually, the site offers a bold new design featuring a  Read the Rest…

Once Again Open For Business

As Phase 3 begins of the “Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery,” OTD’s eight Welcome Centers are once again open for business. In the interest of keeping visitors and staff safe and complying with state guidelines, masks are required of patrons and employees alike, and 6 feet of physical distancing is observed. Follow the link below  Read the Rest…

Attend Maryland Fleet Week Virtually

Virtual Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore is officially here! Catch all your favorite Fleet Week & Air Show events from your own mobile device or laptop. Virtual ship tours of Naval ships and the hometown fleet, live demos from U.S. Navy assets, performances from U.S. Navy bands, and much more. Click below to  Read the Rest…

OTD has Created New Promotional Videos for Use By Partners

OTD has been releasing a wave of new video content to its YouTube channel, and we encourage you to share our videos to promote your destination, business or attraction. The videos are divided into three main categories: short 30-45 second “sizzle” videos geared to social media; longer-form Maryland Scenic Byways videos; and our short 15-  Read the Rest…

Apply Now for Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for Nonprofits

To support Maryland’s nonprofit 501(c)(6) organizations facing financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have established the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits with $1 million of federal CARES Act funding. The grant will provide financing to organizations  Read the Rest…

August is Black Business Month

August is National Black Business Month, and we encourage you to support this essential business sector. The celebration first began in 2004, and recognizes the more than 2.6-million black-owned U.S. businesses. Black business owners account for about 10 percent of American businesses and about 30 percent of all minority-owned businesses. The U.S. Census Bureau reports  Read the Rest…

Last Call for Virtual Byway Leader Training

The National Scenic Byway Foundation is holding its Byway Leader Training virtually for 2020, and there is still time to register. Byway Leader Training is an important way for Byway leaders, volunteers, tourism professionals, state Byway coordinators, and agency representatives to begin or renew your familiarity with Byway planning and management. Networking with other Byway  Read the Rest…