Assistant Secretary of Commerce Tom Riford Delivers Maryland Travel & Tourism Week Proclamation
At an event held Tuesday outside Baltimore’s National Aquarium, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Tom Riford delivered Governor Hogan’s Proclamation naming this week (May 2-8) Maryland Travel & Tourism Week (MTTW). MTTW coincides with National Travel & Tourism Week (NTTW), now in its 38th year, and promoting “The Power of Travel.” “In 2019, there were 42 million visitors to Maryland, visitor spending totaled $18.6 billion, and generated $2.6 billion in state and local taxes, saving each household in Maryland $1,175,” said Riford. “Tourism is also one of the largest private-sector employers in Maryland, supporting 150,000 direct jobs in the state. There is no question, the Pandemic caused significant economic hardship and challenges. Between February 2020 and April 2020, Maryland lost 27,700 jobs in Arts and Entertainment and 122,300 jobs in Accommodation and Food Services. However, as of the end of March, 85,000 jobs have been recovered in those employment categories.”
During NTTW, OTD and MTC are producing themed Facebook Live events designed to highlight different industry segments as well as a series of social media posts encouraging followers to “Tell Your Story” of how the Power of Tourism has impacted them. Several interactive, online events are also planned during NTTW including a Maryland Trivia Quiz, a tour of Backshore Brewery and daily giveaways on social media including overnight stays at Maryland hotels, Six Flags America admission tickets and local restaurant gift cards. Follow OTD’s social media channels @TravelMD for the latest NTTW content.
Photo courtesy of Eric Stocklin Photography.