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The December Tourism Monitor is Here

BWI/Thurgood Marshall Airport continued to show strong gains, posting an increase of 9.0 and 35.6 percent in total and international arrivals respectively; gaming revenue climbed 12.2 percent over last year to $562 million through December 31; employment in the Leisure and Hospitality sector grew 3.6 percent compared to last year; and tourism-related tax codes increased  Read the Rest…

Plan Your Maryland Day

Maryland Day commemorates the 382nd anniversary of the arrival of the Ark and Dove and the landing of the first European settlers in what would become the great state of Maryland. Those first settlers sought to create a colony dedicated to the ideals of religious freedom and tolerance, and since that time, Maryland Day has  Read the Rest…

Film Production Activity Tax Credit Application Period Opens

On March 1, the Maryland Film Office began accepting Applications for Initial Tax Credit Certification on a first-come, first-served basis and will continue accepting applications through March 31. The applications are for incentives that may become available in FY2018. For a complete list of requirements and a detailed rundown of the application process, please visit  Read the Rest…

Tourism Advocates Rally in Annapolis

More than 200 tourism industry professionals were joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Comptroller Peter Franchot, Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill and state legislators for this year’s annual Tourism Day on February 26. This one-day event brought together tourism leaders and elected officials to highlight the economic benefits that tourism delivers. Tourism Day was sponsored  Read the Rest…

Maryland-Based Set Decorator Discusses “House of Cards” Impact

Tiffany Zappulla, set decorator for “House of Cards,” has been nominated for two Emmy Awards and won a pair of Art Director’s Guild awards, and she credits Maryland’s competitive film industry for contributing to her success. “I was very fortunate, because there was so much great film work coming though Maryland,” says Zappulla, whose television and  Read the Rest…

More than 100,000 Maryland Students Participate in Poetry Out Loud

Now in its eleventh year, Poetry Out Loud (POL) continues its impressive growth with more than 100,000 Maryland students having participated in the event. The event celebrates poetry while literally giving a voice to Maryland kids. The POL state championships will be held on March 12 at the Baltimore Museum of Art with host Aaron  Read the Rest…

Baltimore Prepares for Light City Festival

In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas streetlights, revolutionizing the urban landscape. This year, Baltimore celebrates that feat, and the city’s ensuing 200 years of innovation, with its inaugural Light City Baltimore festival. The first celebration of its kind in North America, Light City will transform the city  Read the Rest…