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Maryland Spotlights Religious History Ahead of Pope Francis’s U.S. Visit

Considered the birthplace of religious freedom in the Americas, “The Free State” was founded as a refuge for religious minorities fleeing England to escape persecution. “Maryland’s history is rooted in the idea of religious freedom,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism. “The first settlers arrived in the 17th century seeking religious tolerance,  Read the Rest…

Bill Pencek to Receive Francis Scott Key Award

The Friends of Fort McHenry will honor Bill Pencek, acting managing director, Maryland Division of Tourism Film and the Arts, with its Francis Scott Key Award. The award recognizes Mr. Pencek’s efforts as the executive director of the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. Through his work with the commission, Mr. Pencek was instrumental in  Read the Rest…

Kelly Groff Receives Certified Destination Management Executive Designation

Kelly Groff, president and CEO, Visit Montgomery and the Maryland Travel Coalition’s 2014 Tourism Person of the Year, has earned the Certified Destination Management Executive (CDME) designation from the Destination Marketing Association International. CDME is the only integrated executive program specifically designed for the Destination Marketing industry. The focus of the program is on vision,  Read the Rest…

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…