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Tom Riford Named Assistant Secretary of Commerce Overseeing TFA

Maryland Department of Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz has named Tom Riford as one of two new assistant secretaries, Mr. Riford is responsible for managing the Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts and the Department of Marketing and Communications. Mr. Riford was most recently the executive director of the Thomas Kennedy Center Inc. Riford  Read the Rest…

MSAC Announces 2019 Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards Winners

The Maryland Traditions Folklife Program presents the annual Heritage Awards to outstanding stewards of Maryland’s living cultural traditions. This year’s winners are St. Mary’s County bluegrass musician and promoter Jay Armsworthy who was given the award in the Person or People category; the Arch Social Club of Baltimore City, a generational supporter of the African-American  Read the Rest…

Make Your Plans Now for Maryland Welcome Centers Open House

Maryland’s eight outstanding Welcome Centers will be holding open houses on May 7 providing a perfect time to explore “Maryland’s Front Porch” and get to know your tourism partners from around the state. The centers will be hosting local public and private tourism partners, and their expert staff will be on hand to help you  Read the Rest…

Apply Now for the Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards

Don’t keep your successes a secret. Take a few minutes today to complete the two-question Maryland Green Registry Leadership Awards application and let us help you get the word out. Your efforts will inspire others to “green” their operations and share their efforts as we work together toward a sustainable Maryland. The deadline for registration  Read the Rest…

Western Maryland Part of New Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area

The National Parks Service has designated large swaths of Western Maryland and West Virginia Forest as the nation’s newest National Heritage Area. The mission of the Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area (AFNHA) is to celebrate the forest’s historical role in providing the resources that fueled America’s growth and to highlight the region’s unparalleled beauty and  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…

Maryland Arts Summit Registration Now Open

On June 6-8, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, in conjunction with the Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education, and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance will host the Maryland Arts Summit at UMBC. Panels led by and for the Maryland arts sector will include arts advocates, arts educators/teaching artists, independent artists,  Read the Rest…

OTD and Partners Promote Tourism Product in the UK

Maryland Office of Tourism, along with Visit Annapolis and Visit Frederick participated in a CRUSA sales/media mission in the UK with other CRUSA partners. The media and sales teams met with more than 100 media and tour operators throughout the week-long mission which covered appointments in London, Dublin, and Glasgow. The UK market is one  Read the Rest…

Bethesda and Hagerstown to Host Annual Film Festivals

It’s a great time for Maryland movie lovers as Hagerstown hosts the eighth annual Maryland International Film Festival March 29-31, and the seventh annual Bethesda Film Festival runs April 5-6. Both festivals feature films from around the world, industry panels, and meet-and-greets with actors and filmmakers. This year the Maryland International Film Festival will be  Read the Rest…