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Governor Hogan Proclaims 2020 “Year of the Woman” in Maryland

At an event held at The Lightbox Studio in Annapolis, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed 2020 as “The Year of the Woman” in Maryland as the state prepares to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. “Our state’s history has been shaped by extraordinary women  Read the Rest…

OTD’s Rich Gilbert Represents Maryland at the National Tourism Association Travel Exchange in Fort Worth, Texas

Rich Gilbert, Travel & Trade Manager, OTD, and a delegation of Maryland tourism and travel experts traveled to Fort Worth, Texas in mid-December to promote Maryland travel at the National Travel Association (NTA)’s “TREX” Travel Exchange. The Maryland delegation included representatives from Visit Baltimore, Visit Hagerstown, Ocean City CVB, the National Aquarium and Uno Pizzeria  Read the Rest…

OTD Staffers Visit the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

As part of continuing efforts to improve product knowledge throughout the OTD team and to foster relationships with tourism stakeholders, members of OTD’s staff from across the state visited Baltimore’s National Great Blacks in Wax Museum for a tour of the attraction. Pictured: Staff members from OTD and Great Blacks in Wax pose with a  Read the Rest…

Catonsville Becomes Maryland’s Newest Arts & Entertainment District

Catonsville has officially been named Baltimore County’s first Arts & Entertainment District, making it the 29th designated A&E district in Maryland. The new A&E district will include Catonsville’s business district along Frederick Road and the Lurman Woodland Theatre. Managed by the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, the A&E  Read the Rest…

Register Now for Chesapeake Bay Storytellers Training

The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism and the National Park Service are partnering to provide free training for Chesapeake Bay guides, watermen and women, and water-based tour providers. Enhance your tours or create new ones. Engage with experts about Chesapeake Bay nature, heritage, ecology, and stewardship, improve your presentation skills, and discover how  Read the Rest…

OTD Annual Report Published

The Fiscal Year 2019 Tourism Development Board Annual Report has been published. A downloadable electronic version is available here. Printed copies may be requested from OTD through julia.bouie@maryland.gov.

Place Your Bulk Orders for Destination Maryland 2020 Now

Destination Maryland 2020, OTD’s official guide to Maryland travel is nearly here and will be in market on January 2. If you would like bulk copies for distribution of this inspiring glossy magazine, please contact Brandon Chan, Supervisor at Mason Dixon Welcome Center and Fulfilment Operations, via email at brandon.chan@maryland.gov.

OTD Welcomes Three New Staff Members

The last few months have been a time of growth at OTD as three new members joined the team. Research Analyst Rianna Wan came on board in August after more than ten years with Language Logic. Wan has degrees from Beijing Shi Yan College in China and Daito Bunka University in Japan and studied English  Read the Rest…

OTD Joins with WJZ-TV to Celebrate Fall in Maryland

Matt Scales, Public Relations Specialist, OTD, secured a three-part “Leaf Peepin” series on Baltimore’s WJZ-TV 13 and joined forces with Connie Spindler, Communications Specialist, OTD, to promote Maryland hiking opportunities and fall foliage on camera. The multi-part series promotes Maryland as an outdoor destination with a trail system second-to-none. To see the videos, follow this  Read the Rest…

Take the Survey: Small and Minority Business Assessment

The Office of Tourism is asking for small and minority businesses to answer a survey about the need for technical and promotional assistance as it relates to tourism businesses. Based on responses, the office will assess the need for these services and how to best coordinate delivery of those services. Please take the survey.