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Partner Now for OTD’s “Open for the Holidays” Promotion

There’s nothing like coming home to Maryland for the holidays, but this year, families are looking for an additional reason to support local businesses. That’s where OTD’s “Open for the Holidays” campaign comes in, encouraging travelers to visit family with the comfort of a hotel stay, buying from that shop down the street, or dining  Read the Rest…

“Open for the Holidays” Social Media Guide

With COVID-19 taking international travel off the table, OTD is encouraging travelers to “Go International” in Maryland as a part of its “Open for the Holidays” campaign. Showcasing towns and cities that share names with international destinations; international foods, music and culture; and holiday traditions with international flavor, it’s a great way to highlight Maryland’s  Read the Rest…

MTC Celebrates Maryland’s Hospitality Heroes

At the Maryland Tourism Coalition’s (MTC) annual meeting, held virtually on Nov. 17, the group recognized individuals and businesses who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to support their communities and constituencies. Among those mentioned were Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz and Managing Director for Tourism & Film Liz Fitzsimmons; to view  Read the Rest…

MATPRA Holds Virtual Road Trip

Mid-Atlantic Public Relations Tourism Alliance (MATPRA) held its Virtual Road Trip October 19-23. The week-long virtual event included a group press release that highlighted an itinerary from each destination that was included on matpra.org and social media channels. Additionally, each MATPRA member was paired with two media writers, to help publicize each destination and keep  Read the Rest…

Rock Out to OTD’s Maryland Playlist

Be inspired for Maryland travel and get a sneak peek at Destination Maryland Magazine 2021 by checking out OTD’s rocking Maryland playlist. Composed of songs about The Old Line State and/or by Marylanders, it’s a great listen and a fantastic accompaniment to a Maryland road trip. Check out all the tunes at the link below.  Read the Rest…

Maryland Historical Trust Announces Upcoming Webinars to Discuss Historic Preservation Capital Grants

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) is hosting a series of webinars to learn about $600,000 in available funding for historic preservation grants through the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program. The goal of this highly competitive program is to promote the preservation of properties that are listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register  Read the Rest…

Civil War Trails Blazes a New Path in St. Mary’s County

Civil War Trails, Inc. spent the last few months working with a team from Visit St. Mary’s, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division, OTD, and the Maryland Department of Conservation and Recreation updating their Civil War Trails (CWT) sites. Besides normal preventative maintenance they improved the sign content to include new stories such as the  Read the Rest…

Governor Hogan Announces $250M “Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative” With Good News for Tourism

On October 22, Governor Hogan announced the $250 million “Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,” which will provide funding from the Rainy Day Fund to directly assist restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, arts organizations, and Main Streets across the state. The initiative doubles the state’s total commitment to COVID-19 emergency economic relief for Marylanders to $500 million.  Read the Rest…

2021 OTD Marketing & Development Plan is Now Available

OTD’s FY 2021 Marketing & Development Plan is now available, and as you may have expected, things are a little different. Typically, the plan is based on numbers generated in the prior fiscal year, but COVID-19 has drastically altered the landscape of Maryland’s tourism industry. The good news is that, prior to the outbreak of the  Read the Rest…

Preservation Maryland Receives Grant to Laser Scan Underground Railroad Structures

Preservation Maryland received a $20,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Bartus Trew Providence Grant program. The grant will be used to bring a team of specialists from the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to the Eastern Shore to conduct architectural scans of historic African-American sites. Preservation Maryland is  Read the Rest…