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Gregory Pizzuto Named Executive Director of Visit Harford!

The Maryland Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts is pleased to welcome Gregory Pizzuto as the new executive director of Visit Harford. “The Board is pleased to have Greg lead the organization, we are very excited to have him lead our tourism efforts,” stated Patricia Parker, president of the board, Visit Harford. “His enthusiasm  Read the Rest…

2014 Numbers Show Record Tourism for Region’s Cities

Tourists flocked to the Chesapeake region in 2014, with 20.2 million people visiting Washington, D.C. and even stronger numbers for Baltimore. “We welcomed 24.5 million domestic visitors who generated $5.2 billion in visitor spending,” said Tom Noonan, president and CEO, Visit Baltimore. Hospitality and tourism-supported employment also grew 2 percent to reach 82,000 jobs.” In  Read the Rest…

The Maryland State Fair Begins This Weekend

The 106th Maryland State Fair begins this Friday, August 28, at the Timonium Fairgrounds in Baltimore County. With great events like a concert by Fifth Harmony, the Latino Music Festival, barrel racing, bull riding, Goat Mountain and more, one day just isn’t enough for the fair. Livestock exhibits, the U-Learn Farm, horse racing and even  Read the Rest…

Time to Make Your Nominations for the 2015 Tourism Awards

Nominations for the 2015 Maryland Tourism Awards — as selected by the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Tourism Development Board (MTDB) — will be accepted until 5p.m. on August 31. Award categories are: Economic Engine; Tourism Partnership; Cultural Heritage, Sports & Culinary Tourism and Visit Maryland. A program overview and a nomination  Read the Rest…

Acting Assistant Secretary Pencek Addresses Preservation Maryland Event

Bill Pencek, Acting Assistant Secretary, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, gave the keynote address at Preservation Maryland’s Summer School for Professionals at Baltimore’s Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum. The one-day professional development event was geared to stimulating investment and creating jobs in Maryland’s Main Street and heritage areas. The event drew  Read the Rest…

Visit Maryland’s Instagram Page Reaches 10,000 Followers

Marking a major milestone, Visit Maryland’s official Instagram page reached 10,000 followers last week and continues to climb rapidly. As a thank you to its followers, Visit Maryland held a giveaway for its Instagram network followers. “We are pleased to see the growth of followers and the continued engagement from our Instagram audience,” says Leland  Read the Rest…

OTD On the Road: Tourism Staff Studies Deal Island Tourism Potential

The Office of Tourism Development’s (OTD) strives to engage with public and private partners across Maryland to maximize state and local assets. To that end, representatives from OTD joined with Somerset County tourism officials and local business leaders on a fact finding tour of Deal Island. “It was a tremendous thing to witness the Deal  Read the Rest…

County Fair Season Continues

Summer means family fun, and there’s nothing quite like a county fair to bring people together. Highlighting the unique assets of Maryland’s diverse landscape, county fairs make a great way to reconnect with home or get to know a new part of the Old Line State. The Carroll County 4-H Fair, Garrett County Agriculture Fair,  Read the Rest…

First Lady, Yumi Hogan, and Lieutenant Governor Rutherford’s wife, Monica Rutherford, Attended the Plein Air reception at the Howard County Center for the Arts

First Lady Yumi Hogan (first row, center, standing) and Lt. Governor Rutherford’s wife Monica Rutherford (second row, center, behind Mrs. Hogan) joined winners of the juried competition, competition judges, and representatives of Howard County at the Paint It! Ellicott City reception. Artists from around the region took to the streets of Historic Ellicott City July  Read the Rest…