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Maryland Tourism Destinations Ready for First Longer Summer

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This Memorial Day marks the first of Maryland’s longer summers. After years of lobbying by the tourism industry, Governor Larry Hogan, with the support of Comptroller Peter Franchot, announced that summer vacations for students in Maryland would extend through Labor Day. The move was hailed by industry leaders and parents who could use the holiday weekend for final summer getaways before the start of the school year. To mark this first extended summer, the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC) is running their “How Will You Spend Your Longer Summer” program with ideas to get out and explore the free state. To see some of MTC’s great suggestions, follow this link to their webpage.

Ocean City has also joined in the extended summer fun by naming the last week of August “Maryland Week.” O.C. is celebrating Maryland Week with Maryland flags along the boardwalk, hotel deals, and banners thanking Governor Hogan and Comptroller Franchot for their “Let Summer Be Summer” campaign. “For many Marylanders, it isn’t really summer until you’ve been to Ocean City,” said Donna Abbott, Tourism & Marketing Director, Ocean City. “By extending students’ summer vacations until after the Labor Day holiday, we are giving families one more chance to savor the summer. And for our tourism industry partners, it’s one more opportunity to extend our season — benefitting businesses, their employees, and Maryland.”