The 32nd Annual Tourism & Travel Summit will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort & Spa from November 14th—November 16th, 2012.
Platinum, Gold, Bronze and Silver Sponsorships are just the start of the excitement, events, keynotes, workshops, networking, tourism awards, and professional development opportunities that are all part of Maryland Tourism’s most prestigious industry gathering. Professionals from across the state will attend. You don’t want to miss this event!
Start now to get involved in a meaningful way to promote your business and show off your products and services to Maryland’s top tourism professionals.
The Hyatt Regency’s MTTS room block will go quickly. To get your special MTTS rate, book now online.
Showcase of 2012 Speakers and Program Highlights:
Hannah Paramore returns with Digital Marketing 2.0
• Maryland Office of Tourism’s State of the State
Aniban Basu’s economic forecast—what the Presidential election results will mean for you
• New Professional & Marketing Awards

• More to come…stay tuned for Registration Materials!


Gambling Expansion Workgroup Update

The Gambling Expansion Workgroup met earlier this week to receive reports from the Department of Legislative Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The combined report from both said allowing table games at Maryland casinos would mitigate the impact of a sixth casino in Prince George’s County on casinos in Arundel Mills and in Baltimore City.

Harford County Executive David Craig appeared before the Workgroup and suggested that that Harford County be included in the mix of options for a new casino location if the Workgroup does recommend a Special General Assembly Session on expanded gambling.

The Workgroup also heard from the owner of the Casino at Ocean Downs who asked for a loosening of restrictions on its’ entertainment activities and to lower the tax rate to a rate comparable to the yet-to-open casino at Rocky Gap. Echoing testimony from Rocky Gap representatives at the first Workgroup meeting, Ocean Downs does not have a position on a Prince George’s casino.

The third and final Workgroup meeting is June 20.

At that meeting Workgroup members are to take action on final recommendations for consideration at a Special General Assembly Session that may be held on: 

  • Expanded gambling options in Maryland
  • Changes to Maryland’s gaming control structures based on reviews of similar structures in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

If that Special Session is called, all indications are it will be held the week of July 9.

As always please contact me if you have any questions, comments or need more information. 

Best regards,
David Reel
MTC President & CEO

Tourism advocates meet with legislators at Tourism Day

About 200 leaders of the state’s tourism industry convened in Annapolis, Feb. 3, for Tourism Day – an annual advocacy event presented by the Maryland Tourism Council and Maryland Destination Marketing Organizations (MDMO) that enables members of the industry to make the case for tourism funding to state legislators by discussing the industry’s economic value.
DMOs met with their state legislators during the morning, then returned to a ground-floor hall in the Miller Senate Office Building before noon to report on those meetings. Other speakers followed, including Christian Johansson, secretary of the Maryland Division of Business and Economic Development, Margot Amelia, executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, and Greg Shockley, chair of the Maryland Tourism Development Board.
“It’s all about economic development and jobs,” Johansson said of tourism. He announced that the industry provides $1.9 billion in state and local taxes, while employing 130,000 Marylanders in full-time positions. He also said that 97 percent of tourism-industry enterprises are small businesses. And, he underscored Gov. Martin O’Malley’s commitment to tourism.
Shockley, owner-operator of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub and Grille in Ocean City, said the effort to advise legislators of the economic impact of tourism is “a continuing education process in which we have to tell our story.”
Before and after a keynote address by Brian Conyers, general manager of the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore, a stream of legislators stopped by the gathering to offer their greetings.
(article courtesy of Gerald Levin, Maryland Division of Tourism, Film & the Arts)

Maryland Tourism Office Announces Award Winners

Each year at the Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit, the Maryland Tourism Office honors groups for their achievements. This year’s event was held at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland University College on November 2-4.

Recipients of the Maryland Tourism Office’s annual awards included:

  • Savage River Lodge, located in Savage River Forest, was named winner of the Green/Sustainable Tourism Award for its innovations in building construction, purchasing from local growers and promoting green practices among employees and guests.
  • The Tourism Council of Frederick County received the Visit Maryland Award for restoring a 110-year-old warehouse on the property of a former wheel-spoke factory into the new Frederick County Visitor Center. Visitation at the new center is 25 percent above the number of visitors who came to Frederick’s previous center location last year.
  • Caroline County Office of Tourism and Dorchester County Tourism each received a Cultural Heritage Tourism Award for their contributions to developing the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway and the proposed Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park.
  • The Preservation Society – a group dedicated to the preservation of two waterfront Baltimore communities, Fell’s Point and Federal Hill – received the Economic Engine Award for generating $40 million in economic impact through visitor spending at the annual Fell’s Point Fun Festival.

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Maryland Tourism Council Gives Professional and Marketing Awards

The annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit was well attended at the at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland University College on November 2-4, despite a down economy.  Professionals from agencies all across the state gathered to network, attend educational seminars, and be recognized for their achievements. Continue reading

2011 Tourism Partnership of the Year Awarded

The “2011 Tourism Partnership of the Year” was recently awarded to Maryland Life magazine. The award was given by the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (MDMO), at the annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit.  

The event was held Nov. 2-4, at the Marriott Inn & Conference Center at UMUC in College Park, Maryland. Top tourism professionals in Maryland got together for educational opportunities and networking, along with vend0rs, suppliers, supporters, government professionals, and elected officials.

According to an article on, “Tourism is a significant industry in Maryland. More than 29 million visitors spent more than $13.6 billion last year, and the tourism industry employs 134,000 people throughout the state. The industry generated more than $1.6 billion in tax revenues for state and local governments.”

For more information about MDMO, visit

Good News for Maryland Tourism Industry

Maryland’s tourism industry is in growth mode, despite the poor economy. That’s according to an article in the online publication Maryland Community News on

The 5.1% increase over 2010 means that for the first time, the state is eligible for $3.6 million in additional federals funds, since the minimum qualification is 3% growth.

“The industry is getting ready to rally and push for funding,” said Margot Amelia, executive director of the Maryland Office of Tourism.

Each of the state’s high-performing destination marketing organizations were honored with a governor’s citation at the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit held in Aldephi on Nov. 4.

David Reel, president and CEO of the The Maryland Tourism Council said that the group is working on their strategic plan to increase diversity among its members, and to plan for future growth.

To read the full article, click here.