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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!


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 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.


Tourism Creates JOBS

Greetings from the Maryland Tourism Council.  We are the trade association that in conjunction with the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, sponsors the Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit.  This year the conference and trade show will be held at the state of the art, UMUC Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD.  There are many reasons that you should attend this conference.  We’ve sent a “save the date” via mail, numerous announcements via email, postings on web sites and in social media.  But we all need to focus on the one thing that means more than all the rest.  The one thing we should always be thankful for, but often overlook.  The one thing we don’t talk about enough that businesses all over Maryland have in common, that taxpayers should care about and students should learn about.

Tourism creates jobs.
One more time.
Tourism creates jobs.

For every 233 visits to Maryland, a new job is created.
Tourism is responsible for one of every 14 jobs in Maryland.
Tourism is directly responsible for more than 134,000 jobs, and indirectly for another 36,000 more.

In a time of economic downturn all over the country, when turmoil is on the rise,  the bright, guiding light of tourism remains steady, even growing.  Won’t you please join us in sustaining the wonderful tourism workforce we have, and participate with us in ways to create more jobs for more Marylanders?

We’ll be happy to show you the ways.


November 2-4, 2011 at Marriott, UMUC

MTTS 2011

Deadlines are fast approaching!

Marriott Inn & Conference Center at UMUC
Prince George’s County, Maryland
November 2-4, 2011

Reserve Your Hotel Room (Summit rate deadline: October 4)
Call the Marriott at (301) 985-7300, Mention the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS) and ask about different room options

MTC Awards (Nomination deadline: October 4)
Awards Solicitation Document
Nomination Form

Register Online for the Summit Now
(Deadline: October 19)
Online registration requires a one-time account activation.
This is different from the MTC website account you may have already established. 2011 Speakers complete biographies and photos

2011 MTTS Sponsorship Opportunities (Deadline: October 19)