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OTD, Visit Montgomery Host Maryland Fall Blogger Bash

The Maryland Office of Tourism Development partnered with Visit Montgomery to bring the Fall Maryland Blogger Bash to VisArts at Rockville. The event brought together influential bloggers from the travel, culinary and parenting fields with representatives from county destination marketing organizations and artisan partners from across Maryland. In addition to connecting with DMOs, the Blogger  Read the Rest…

Garrett County Hosts MHAA Quarterly Meeting

The Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) held its quarterly meeting in the Garrett County Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. Representatives from Maryland’s 13 heritage areas joined Bill Pencek, acting managing director, Maryland Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts and others to develop strategies to preserve and protect Maryland’s heritage areas while  Read the Rest…

First Lady’s Art Gallery Opens with Student Art Show

Working in conjunction with the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), First Lady Yumi Hogan presented a selection of artworks by Maryland students during the inaugural show in the new First Lady’s Art Gallery. First Lady Hogan, who is an accomplished artist and a professor at Maryland Institute College  Read the Rest…

Two Maryland Communities Among Nation’s “Top 50 Small Towns”

From The Baltimore Sun “Berlin was already “America’s Coolest Small Town.” The Eastern Shore town, along with Havre de Grace, now can add another accolade to its growing list. Both Maryland towns were listed among Travel World’s “Top 50 Small Towns in America.” The list boasts “some of the most unique, quaint, and inviting places  Read the Rest…

OTD Presents 2015 Tourism Awards during the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

Secretary of Commerce Mike Gill and Greg Shockley, chair, Maryland Tourism Development Board (MTDB) presented the 2015 Tourism Awards during a luncheon at the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS). The awards recognize excellence and major contributions in cultural heritage tourism, sports travel, economic impact, and elevating Maryland’s image as a tourism destination. The Charles  Read the Rest…

Wide Angle Youth Media to Hold “On the Set” Fundraiser

  Supported in part by the Maryland Film Office and the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), Wide Angle Youth Media is a Baltimore based non-profit dedicated to youth media education. Through the program, youth are encouraged to tell their own stories and stories important to their community while learning the technical skills required for video  Read the Rest…

Visit Montgomery Hospitality Awards Winners Announced

  On October 16, Visit Montgomery presented their 2016 Hospitality Awards, naming William Vira Safai, managing partner, Comfort Inn Shady Grove and sitting member of the Maryland Tourism Board, the winner of the William Hanna Award for leadership. In presenting the award, Visit Montgomery noted Mr. Safai’s thirty years of service to the community, his  Read the Rest…

Last Chance to Register for the 2015 Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

This three-day event runs October 28-30 and attracts 250-300 tourism and hospitality industry leaders from throughout the state. Learn the latest techniques in marketing, sales, public relations, social media, grassroots advocacy, and to hear about the economic outlook for the industry. The Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit is the year’s best opportunity to meet and  Read the Rest…

Mallows Bay Progresses Towards National Marine Sanctuary Status

Photo Credit: Clark Vandergrift Located in the Nanjemoy area of the Potomac River in Charles County, Mallows Bay is the resting place of an impressive “ghost fleet” of nearly 200 ships, including vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War. Long considered an archeological and historic treasure, the site has also become an indispensable recreational resource  Read the Rest…