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Civil War Trails Blazes a New Path in St. Mary’s County

Civil War Trails, Inc. spent the last few months working with a team from Visit St. Mary’s, the St. Mary’s County Museum Division, OTD, and the Maryland Department of Conservation and Recreation updating their Civil War Trails (CWT) sites. Besides normal preventative maintenance they improved the sign content to include new stories such as the  Read the Rest…

Governor Hogan Announces $250M “Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative” With Good News for Tourism

On October 22, Governor Hogan announced the $250 million “Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative,” which will provide funding from the Rainy Day Fund to directly assist restaurants, small businesses, local entertainment venues, arts organizations, and Main Streets across the state. The initiative doubles the state’s total commitment to COVID-19 emergency economic relief for Marylanders to $500 million.  Read the Rest…

2021 OTD Marketing & Development Plan is Now Available

OTD’s FY 2021 Marketing & Development Plan is now available, and as you may have expected, things are a little different. Typically, the plan is based on numbers generated in the prior fiscal year, but COVID-19 has drastically altered the landscape of Maryland’s tourism industry. The good news is that, prior to the outbreak of the  Read the Rest…

Preservation Maryland Receives Grant to Laser Scan Underground Railroad Structures

Preservation Maryland received a $20,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Bartus Trew Providence Grant program. The grant will be used to bring a team of specialists from the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to the Eastern Shore to conduct architectural scans of historic African-American sites. Preservation Maryland is  Read the Rest…

Apply Now for 400 Years of African-American History Fellowship

The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism & Film and the Maryland State Archives Legacy of Slavery Program are seeking qualified researchers with a background in U.S. History, American Studies, African American Studies, or related disciplines to fill four fellowships funded by the 400 Years of African American History Commission. Fellows will spend time  Read the Rest…

Hit the ‘Open Road’

Check out Maryland’s new “Open Road” itineraries exploring our 18 beautiful Scenic Byways and showcasing hotel deals and discounts along the way. Follow this link to view the itineraries. PLAN YOUR JOURNEY

Maryland Tourism Board Welcomes Three New Members

The Maryland Tourism Board is proud to welcome three new members, Ashley Chenault, Chief of Tourism, Charles County; Albert A. Spence, President, A.S. Midway Tours; and Juan Carlos Linares, General Manager, Tanger Outlets National Harbor. Ms. Chenault is a Norfolk State University alumnus holding a B.A. in journalism and communications. Prior to taking on the  Read the Rest…

Tourism Recovery is Leading the Way in Maryland Job Growth

All industries have been negatively impacted by the COVID Pandemic this year. The Leisure and Hospitality sector was first impacted, has had the most job losses, and is still struggling. But as Maryland recovers and adds jobs, the Leisure and Hospitality sector has posted the strongest numbers, according to the Maryland Department of Labor, leading statewide job growth  Read the Rest…

Canadian Journalists Enjoy a Virtual Taste of Maryland

Leslie Troy, Communications Manager, OTD; and Matthew Scales, Public Relations Specialist, OTD; organized a virtual FAM tour and literal taste of Maryland for five lucky Canadian journalists. OTD teamed with Chef Mark Salter of the Robert Morris Inn as well as the Smith Island Baking Company, and Harford and Somerset County DMOs, to provide a  Read the Rest…