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Destinations International Convenes in Baltimore

Destinations International, the largest destination marketing organization in the U.S., held its annual conference in Baltimore July 13-15. Approximately 1,000 attendees filled the Baltimore Hilton and the Baltimore Convention Center over the three days of events. The theme was “Embrace Disruption,” and included both live and virtual elements including talks, seminars and workshops. After-hours activities  Read the Rest…

30 Days and 30 Ways to Honor Maryland’s Underground Railroad History

This year for International Underground Railroad Month, the Maryland Office of Tourism is developing a calendar of 30 places to visit, special events, programs, and activities enabling visitors and residents to participate every day of September in an activity to learn, visit, and honor Maryland’s Underground Railroad history. Let us know what you are planning.  Read the Rest…

Largest Great Wolf Lodge Project in the USA is Underway

Ground has been broken for the new $200 million Great Wolf Lodge project, the largest that the company has built to date. The Cecil County project will provide 2,000 construction jobs over the next two years, and more than 800 permanent jobs when open. Annually, this new Maryland tourism attraction will generate $100 million in  Read the Rest…

Free Museum Day Returns

Smithsonian Magazine has announced that Free Museum Day is returning this year on Saturday, September 18. The theme is “Experience America” and signifies a return to arts and culture after spending the past year indoors. Maryland museums interested in participating can follow the link below for more information on how to register: Register Your Museum

Brand USA Holds Global Media Forum

Members of OTD’s Public Relations staff, under the umbrella of CRUSA, participated in the Brand USA Global Media Forum that was held July 20-21. The two-day event included sessions highlighting new and trending travel experiences in the United States, as well as a series of virtual deskside meetings to build relationships with international travel journalists,  Read the Rest…

Vote Maryland Tasting Rooms for USA Today’s 10 Best

USA Today is hosting their annual “10 Best” voting, and Maryland’s Big Cork Vineyards and Boordy Vineyards are in the running. Voting is open through August 2 at noon and no registration or signup is required to vote. Follow the link below to USA Today‘s Wine Tasting Room vote page. Place Your Vote

Reserve Your Spot in Destination Maryland Magazine 2022 Now

Destination Maryland Magazine 2022 presents our tourism partners with a unique, powerful advertising opportunity that is 100 percent focused on visitation to Maryland—and there is no better time to speak to its large audience than when they are actively planning their visit to the state. Destination Maryland Magazine is sent by request to highly qualified consumers who are  Read the Rest…

Maryland Seeking GoVAX Rewards Partners

Summer is on the horizon, and business is getting back to normal, thanks to the growing majority of Marylanders who got their COVID-19 vaccine. Businesses across the state are offering special deals and discounts to thank vaccinated customers and encourage more Marylanders to get vaccines. To draw attention to these offers, the State of Maryland  Read the Rest…

International Underground Railroad Introduction Webinar

The Maryland Office of Tourism is working with partners across the United States and internationally to proclaim September as International Underground Railroad Month. OTD Managing Director Liz Fitzsimmons participated in an introduction to International Underground Railroad Month webinar on May 19 with partners at National Park Service Network to Freedom, International Council on Monuments and  Read the Rest…

Research in the Time of COVID-19: Case Studies from 400 Years of African American History Fellowship

How has COVID-19 impacted research methods? Four scholars provided insight into their research on the Underground Railroad in Maryland at a webinar on May 25.. Speakers discussed the ways Covid-19 restrictions have changed their research process, and provided an overview of the skills, methods, and research facilities they found most useful for their research, as  Read the Rest…