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Tourism Week Events

Maryland’s five official welcome centers invited local businesses, attractions and community groups to join them during National Tourism Week for a travel information workshop, and dozens of partner organizations joined in the event. “This was the best year we’ve had so far,” said Jennifer Jones, Customer Contact Programs Manager, Maryland Office of Tourism. “It was an eclectic group of participants that included large hotel management  Read the Rest…

OTD Hosts FY16 Marketing and Development Planning Workshop

On May 13, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development welcomed tourism partners including DMOs and their marketing staffs representing 21 counties across the state to the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia for a far reaching and comprehensive marketing workshop. The event included brainstorming on group markets, consumer and sports shows, regional marketing, social media and  Read the Rest…

OTD Joins Tribal, County, State and Federal Representatives in Push to Preserve and Develop Piscataway Indian Heritage Sites

                  OTD is working with state and county park officials, National Park representatives, the Maryland Indian Tourism Association, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and members of the Piscataway Indian Tribe to develop tourism resources focusing on their heritage. The eventual program would include sites in Charles, St.  Read the Rest…

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…