Maryland Office of Tourism Development
The Office of Tourism Development had formed as the Tourism Development Office by 1981 and reorganized within the Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts under its present name in 1996. The office has approximately 20 employees.
Tourism is Maryland’s fourth largest industry and has an economic impact on Maryland by creating jobs, generating tax revenue, and increasing business income.
To stimulate tourism, the Office develops recreational, historical and cultural attractions. The Office promotes Maryland as a travel destination for domestic and international tourists. It promotes the state’s attractions, accommodations and events through its website, VisitMaryland.org, annual publication, Destination Maryland and two newsletters, (distributed bi-weekly), Visit Maryland Now and the MARYLAND Insights for the tourism and industry partner. Additionally, the staff advises third-party sellers of travel such as travel agents, and tour operators. There is a public relations staff that has assisted travel writers to generate nearly $15.5 million in destination publicity. The office also manages eight Welcome Centers.