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Maryland Public Art Commission Visits Hagerstown Cultural Trail

On May 22, the Maryland Public Art Commission (MPAC) visited the new Hagerstown Cultural Trail. The trail is one of eight catalyst projects in the City Center Plan, a roadmap for downtown development. Public art is being incorporated along the trail route, with more than seven new artwork pieces dedicated in the last two years.  Read the Rest…

Record Number of Marylanders Travel During Memorial Day Weekend

AAA Mid-Atlantic projected nearly 890,000 Marylanders got away over the Memorial Day holiday weekend from Thursday, May 24 through Monday, May 28. The total represents a 4.7 percent increase over last year, and a new record according to AAA, which has been tracking Memorial Day weekend travel since 2001. 2018 also marks the fourth consecutive  Read the Rest…

House of Cards Wraps Final Season

Tears flowed on Friday, May 26, as House of Cards filmed its last scene of the series at its stage complex in Harford County. The critically acclaimed, ground-breaking series called Maryland home for more than six years. During its run, House of Cards was nominated for 53 Emmy Awards and 8 Golden Globe Awards. Although  Read the Rest…

The New Maryland Tourism Monitor Is Here

The latest Maryland Tourism Monitor shows strong, continued growth in several areas. Social media followers have climbed by 19 percent and Welcome Centers have seen a 13 percent rise in visitation through FY18 thus far. These numbers combine with a 119 percent increase in digital referrals by OTD assets to our partners year-over-year. Revenues from  Read the Rest…

Governor Hogan Signs Film Production Activity Tax Credit

  On May 15, Governor Larry Hogan signed SB1154, enhancing the Film Production Activity Tax Credit program. The bill allocates $8 million in tax credits to secure film production in FY19, $11 million in FY20, and increases $3 million per year until FY23. In addition, the legislation creates a 10 percent set-aside for local, lower  Read the Rest…

MSAC Hosts 2018 Individual Artists Awards Ceremony

On Sunday, May 20, Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) honored the 2018 Individual Artist Award recipients at a ceremony at Baltimore’s American Visionary Arts Museum (AVAM). This year, the MSAC received 367 applicants, 78 of which were chosen and they received a combined $225,000 in awards. The winners included some of the state’s leading playwrights,  Read the Rest…

DelFest Launches Maryland’s Summer of Music

DelFest kicks off this week; and with it, Maryland’s inaugural Summer of Music, featuring 25, only-in-Maryland, multi-day music festivals. Maryland’s Summer of Music has something for every music fan. Whether it’s bluegrass, metal, jazz, rock, the National Folk Festival, or everything in between, Maryland’s Summer of Music has it covered. And with festivals in the  Read the Rest…

OTD Leads Maryland Delegation to IPW

One year after Maryland’s turn in the spotlight, IPW, the travel industry’s premier, international marketplace and the largest generator of travel to the U.S., is in Denver, CO, and OTD is on hand with Maryland hoteliers, tour operators, and destination marketers to promote Maryland destinations. OTD and its partners held meetings with more than 150  Read the Rest…