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AAA Kicks Off Unofficial Start of Summer

AAA Mid-Atlantic estimated that 918,000 Marylanders got away over the Memorial Day holiday weekend from Thursday, May 23 through Monday, May 27. The total represents a 3.4 percent increase over last year, and a new record according to AAA, which has been tracking Memorial Day weekend travel since 2001. 2019 also marks the fifth consecutive  Read the Rest…

Maryland Tourism Delegation Attends IPW 2019

Local hoteliers, tour operators and destination marketers joined OTD in representing Maryland at the U.S. Travel Association’s International Pow-Wow (IPW) in Anaheim this week. IPW is the premier industry marketplace and the largest generator of inbound travel to the U.S. OTD and its partners held scheduled meetings with more than 150 domestic and international tour  Read the Rest…

Share Your Underground Railroad Story with the World

Maryland has a robust Underground Railroad legacy and many tourism partners across the state have visitor-ready experiences and attractions, interpretive materials, and guides enabling visitors to explore this powerful history and stories of courage. To showcase and to honor Maryland’s freedom fighters who were involved in the Underground Railroad, OTD is gathering all of Maryland’s  Read the Rest…

Study Shows National Parks Robust Contributions to Maryland Economy

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 6,006,442 visitors to national parks in Maryland spent $202,500,000 in the state in 2018. That spending resulted in 2,573 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the state economy of $271,200,000. The data was provided as part of a peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis conducted by economists  Read the Rest…

Maryland Public Art Project Makes Debut

A Public Art Across Maryland project supported by a Public Art Project grant debuted recently in Cambridge — a Harriet Tubman mural entitled Leading the Way, by artist Michael Rosato. The art adorns the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center and was implemented by Dorchester Center for the Arts and Alpha Genesis CDC. The concept  Read the Rest…

Tourism Partners Win Big at the 10th Annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards

On May 20, Catherine Batavick, Project Manager, OTD, attended the 10th Annual Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards held at the annual conference of the National Association of Environmental Professionals at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore. Presented by Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles, the Awards recognize the top five member organizations that  Read the Rest…

Encourage Hotel Stays with OTD’s Summer of Music Promotion

Maryland’s Summer of Music is in its second year, featuring more than 20 multi-day music festivals across the state, and in an effort to encourage overnight hotel stays, we are asking our partners to create their own packages to celebrate Maryland’s Summer of Music and to brand a local music event as part of Maryland’s  Read the Rest…

Promote Your Event with “Maryland Mondays” Ticket Giveaway

How can OTD help spread the word about your attraction or event? “Maryland Mondays” is the perfect way to help us help you. Each Monday, OTD launches a new “Maryland Mondays” ticket giveaway program across all of our social media channels, consumer newsletter, and weekly “Maryland Minute” radio spots. Combined, these channels reach thousands of  Read the Rest…