Naval Attaches Representing 30 Nations Met With TFA and Sail Baltimore
On the heels of the extremely successful Star-Spangled Spectacular, officers representing navies from around the world came to Baltimore for Sail Baltimore’s “Attache Day.” The officers met at Baltimore’s World Trade Center before touring Baltimore Harbor and the National Aquarium. Deputy Secretary Ben Wu of DBED was on hand to greet the international military leaders along with representatives of the State of Maryland, Baltimore City, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard in the hopes of bringing “gray hulls” from around the world back to Maryland.
“The 2012 Sailabration and 2014 Star-Spangled Spectacular brought in roughly $330 million to the city, and most of the three million people who visited said it was the ships they enjoyed the most,” said Laura Stevenson, Executive Director, Sail Baltimore. Stevenson is confident that this firsthand visit will demonstrate not only the vitality of the port, but the vibrancy of the community and the trademark Maryland hospitality, assuring the visiting attaches that Baltimore and Maryland are an essential stop for their gray hulls showing their nation’s flags.