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 addition to Baltimore’s strong tourism infrastructure which includes the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and other Inner Harbor attractions, the Harbor East development, the Station North Arts District, and traditional draws like Preakness and ArtScape, 2014 was buoyed by unique special events. The Baltimore Orioles made an extended playoff run, placing the city in the national spotlight, and international attention was focused on Baltimore as the city held its Star-Spangled Spectacular celebrating the bicentennial of the defense of the city and the penning of the National Anthem the battle inspired. The Spectacular alone drew 1.43 million visitors to Baltimore with an economic impact of $164.1 million.
Pictured: Fireworks ignite the sky over Baltimore Harbor during the Star-Spangled Spectacular