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The March Tourism Monitor is Here

                  Findings from the latest Tourism Monitor show an increase of 7.3 percent in adjusted tourism sales tax revenues during the first eight months of the 2015 Fiscal Year. OTD’s marketing with advertising and public relations efforts are also up significantly from Fiscal Year 2014. Electronic requests  Read the Rest…

All Five Senses

Five Senses Campaign TV Spot Maryland is home to countless memorable and original experiences that provide a feast for all five senses, and the Maryland Office of Tourism wants to let everyone in on the fun. In a new campaign including television, radio and print ads, the state’s tourism office is highlighting a wide range  Read the Rest…

Baltimore is Open for Business

A citywide curfew that had been in effect has been lifted, all major tourist attractions are open, and Baltimore is ready for visitors. Restaurants and other businesses that had closed during recent protests are open once more and eager to welcome customers. Many previously postponed events are back on, and events scheduled for the upcoming  Read the Rest…

Travel Information Specialists Gather at Turf Valley

Travel Information Specialists from across Maryland came to Turf Valley Resort to learn from The Maryland Office of Tourism about trends in Maryland travel, consumer communications, outreach efforts and customer interface. Additionally, representatives from the Maryland Wineries Association, Maryland Horse Association and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources showcased their various tourism products and how  Read the Rest…

Civil War 150 Commemoration

Pictured are (Left to right): Marci Ross, John Fieseler, Mary Ironside, Dan Spedden, Major Daryl Anthony, Auni Gelles and Liz Shatto A new Civil War Trails marker was dedicated at Gathland State Park, which tells of Civil War correspondent George Alfred Townsend and his ties to the Lincoln assassination. Remembrances and events commemorating the assassination  Read the Rest…

Legislative Session Ends on High Note for Tourism, Film and the Arts

Stakeholders and industry partners from across Maryland’s tourism, film and arts landscape gathered in support of legislation relevant to the industry, and their strong showing was instrumental this past legislative session. “The industry really came together,” said Deb Carter, President, Maryland Tourism Education Foundation. “It was a well organized, coordinated effort, and proved to be  Read the Rest…

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  Read the Rest…

Tourism Partners Gather at Pimlico to Discuss Racing’s Tourism Potential

On April 9, Sal Sinatra, Vice President and General Manager of Pimlico, Laurel Park and the Maryland Jockey Club, Ross Pedicord, Executive Director, Maryland Horse Industry Board, and TFA staffers met at Pimlico to discuss opportunities for public/private partnerships. Group tourism prospects, signage, welcome center programs and marketing synergies throughout Maryland’s horse industry were discussed.  Read the Rest…