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Maryland Traditions Presents 2018 Heritage Awards

Maryland Traditions, part of the Maryland State Arts Council, presented their 12th Annual Maryland Traditions Heritage Awards. The event was held at the Proscenium Theatre at UMBC on December 1. The Sensational Royal Lights, a gospel quartet with roots in Dorchester County performed, and won the award in the person or people category; Curtis’ Coney  Read the Rest…

“Home for the Holidays” Campaign Encourages Hotel Stays

OTD’s “Home for the Holidays” encourages family and friends visiting over the holiday season to skip the painful stay on the pullout sofa in favor of a hotel stay. The campaign, created by OTD in conjunction with Marriner Marketing Communications, takes a humorous look at some of the struggles of visiting family. To view all  Read the Rest…

Baltimore Chef Wins Food Network’s “Chopped”

Chef David Thomas, owner and executive chef at Baltimore’s Ida B’s Table, took home the $10,000 first prize on Food Network’s Thanksgiving-themed episode of “Chopped.” “I felt good about what I was presenting based on the ingredients that I had,” said Thomas. “But you know, I was cooking for Martha Stewart. It could have been  Read the Rest…

Major Changes Coming to Instagram API

Instagram is launching a wave of API changes intended to protect user privacy, and these changes will have a big impact on how DMOs use the platform. Changes will be introduced over a two-year period beginning December 11, with major takeaways being a restriction on the number of #hashtags that may be queried; requirements for  Read the Rest…

OTD’s Canadian Media Outreach Paying Dividends

OTD’s PR team hosted a group of Canadian journalists and media professionals for a September FAM tour of Maryland, and the Canadian press is still raving about their trip to the Old Line State. In November, the Toronto Sun published “Maryland is Hip and Historic” by Kevin Hann, a reporter and editor who was on  Read the Rest…

2018 Tourism Awards Presented at MTTS

On November 14, OTD presented the 2018 Maryland Tourism Awards at the 38th Annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit in Cambridge. The awards recognize excellence and major contributions in expanding the market of Maryland tourism products, maximizing opportunities to generate overnight stays, leveraging partnerships and showcasing Maryland as an exciting must-see tourism destination. Commerce Secretary  Read the Rest…

TFA Meets With Representatives of the Town of Eagle Harbor

Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, TFA, and Heather Ersts, Outreach & Partnership Coordinator, OTD, met with representatives of the Town of Eagle Harbor and Prince George’s County and other state representatives to discuss tourism-related economic opportunities for the historic town. A traditional African-American beach community founded in 1925, Eagle Harbor is known as “Paradise on the  Read the Rest…

Maryland Small Film Program Launched

On May 15, Governor Hogan signed Senate Bill 1154 which amended the Film Production Activity Tax Credit program. The highlights of the legislation were consistent authorized funding that increases incrementally to $20 million in FY 23 without a sunset so that funding continues at $20 million beyond FY 23, and the creation of a new  Read the Rest…