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July Tourism Monitor is Here, With New, Info-Forward Format

If it’s been a while since you’ve checked out the Maryland Tourism Monitor, it’s time to take another look. The Monitor continues to provide important, well-researched information in a timely manner, but now with an improved, information-forward format puts this vital tool right at your fingertips. Follow this link to the new and improved Maryland Tourism Monitor.

Fair Hill International and Jim McKay Maryland Million Day Highlight Big Month for Maryland’s Horse Industry

It’s two big weekends for Maryland horses with the Fair Hill International running October 12-15 and the 32nd running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million Day on Saturday, October 21. The Fair Hill International brings three days of horse trials to the 6,000-acre Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area for this one-of-a-kind event. The Fair Hill International combines  Read the Rest…

First Lady Yumi Hogan Presents Governor’s Citation During MSAC’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration

First Lady Yumi Hogan joined Jane Chu, Chairman, National Endowment of the Arts; Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, TFA; Shelley Morhaim, Chair, MSAC; Julie Madden, former Interim Executive Director, MSAC; and Ken Skrzesz, newly named Executive Director, MSAC, for MSAC’s 50th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on September 28. First Lady Hogan gave  Read the Rest…

OTD Attends Destinations International Visitor Services Summit

As part of OTD’s continued efforts to maximize resource impact and improve customer experiences, Marci Ross, Assistant Director of Tourism Development, OTD; and Casey Keyfauver, Customer Contact Programs Manager, OTD, joined a Maryland delegation to the Destinations International Visitor Services summit in Columbus, OH, September 24-26. Maryland attendees included Cindy Yount, Visitor Center Manager, Visit  Read the Rest…

Maryland Launches New Crab & Oyster Trail

On October 3, Governor Larry Hogan announced a new initiative focused on promoting Maryland’s outstanding seafood to domestic and international travelers. The Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail, which kicked off this month in celebration of National Seafood Month, features a virtual tour highlighting more than 100 seafood restaurants in Maryland, as well as seafood festivals  Read the Rest…

Governor Hogan Leads Maryland Tourism & Trade Delegation to Canada

Governor Larry Hogan joined Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser for a Capital Region tourism and economic development mission to Canada. As part of the joint mission, Governor Hogan, Governor McAuliffe, and Mayor Bowser met with the Province of Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne in Toronto, and then attended a reception  Read the Rest…

DNR Releases Its Fall Foliage and Festival Report

Summer has slipped away and the Maryland landscape is beginning its transformation into a swirling sea of fall colors. It’s a display of unparalleled beauty, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has released its annual Fall Foliage and Festival Report to help you navigate this magical time of year. Find out where peak fall  Read the Rest…

Maryland State Park System Continues to Grow

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to grow Maryland’s thriving state park system with one new park recently dedicated, and another announced. On September 30, the property formerly known as “Friends Delight,” an 81-acre tract of land in McHenry with historic buildings, picnic shelters, and more, will officially become the Sang Run State Park  Read the Rest…

Maryland State Arts Council Announces New Executive Director

Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill joined with Maryland State Arts Council Chair Shelley Morhaim to announce Ken Skrzesz as the next executive director of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). A longtime arts advocate and performer with more than 25 years in arts education, Skrzesz will take on his new role in mid-October, following the  Read the Rest…

Make Your Nominations Now for the 2017 Maryland Tourism Awards

The Maryland Office of Tourism Development (OTD) and the Maryland Tourism Development Board (MTDB) are calling for nominations for the 2017 Maryland Tourism Awards. These awards recognize the outstanding work of the tourism industry. Individuals, businesses, organizations and governmental agencies that significantly and positively impact the local, regional or statewide economy are eligible to submit  Read the Rest…