Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit Celebrates 30th Anniversary at Annual Event

As a public/private partnership of the Maryland Tourism Council, Maryland Tourism Education Foundation, Maryland Tourism Development Board and Maryland Office of Tourism, the annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit (formerly known as the Governor’s Tourism Industry Conference) has been the largest conference of the state’s diverse tourism and travel industry for the past 30 years.  To commemorate the anniversary of the industry’s most prestigious event, this year’s Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit will be held in the state’s capital at the Loews Annapolis Hotel on Nov. 3-5 and include  informative speakers, a silent auction, industry predictions, networking opportunities, a special 30th Anniversary celebration and more.

The three-day event will feature a diverse lineup of speakers including keynote speaker Jonathan Tisch (TV host, best selling author, CEO of Loews Hotels); Grassroots Advocacy Expert Amy Showalter; President of well-known Annapolis-based political and opinion research company Patrick Gonzales; Baltimore Sun Columnist/WYPR’s The Midday Show Host Dan Rodricks and many more. To kick off the conference, well-known Economist and Futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett will help attendees understand how emerging from a recession can change the industry and the traveling public’s expectations, the potential for growth in certain markets and the reformulation of current businesses.

“Because the MTTS is an extremely important event for our industry and the state economy in general, we felt it was essential to make the 30th anniversary conference a very special occasion,” said Maryland Tourism Council President and CEO Mary Jo McCulloch. “As always, this year’s event will be the best networking opportunity for professionals from all facets of our state’s tourism and travel industry.  By discussing common challenges, experiences, goals and solutions, attendees gain immense insight into the industry as a whole and many times develop important partnerships that last many years to come.”

The annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit includes the election of new Maryland Tourism Council Board Members as well as the presentation of MTC Professional and Marketing Awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of commitment, energy, and exemplary service in Maryland’s tourism industry.  Award nominations are accepted until October 8th, while registration to attend this year’s Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit is open until October 19. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available. For more information or to register, please visit

Media Contact
Maryland Tourism Council
Mary Jo McCulloch

About Maryland Tourism Council
The Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) is the statewide membership organization representing all segments of the hospitality and tourism industry emphasizing government affairs, business growth, professional development, and alliances with other tourism organizations, the business community, and state and local governments. The mission of MTC is to connect, educate, and represent Maryland’s tourism industry.

About The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation
The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation (MTEF) is a non-profit organization that serves to build the capabilities of Maryland’s tourism workforce. MTEF helps support programs in the K-12 system and at the post-secondary level to enrich the image of the tourism industry. MTEF encourages professional development that serves to expand the potential of our workforce and ensure an economically successful future for Maryland’s tourism industry.

About the Maryland Office of Tourism
The work of the Maryland Office of Tourism, an agency of the State Department of Business and Economic Development is guided and supported by hospitality industry leadership under the gubernatorially appointed board of executives representing lodging, retail, transportation, food service and attractions, and six members of Maryland’s General Assembly.

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