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
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
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)
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) has agreed in principle to a new toll increase proposal that will result in smaller increases than those proposed earlier this year. The MdTA action is consistent with recommendations made at public hearings on this issue by MTC Chair Sandy Turner and MTC President/CEO David Reel. Unlike many of the public comments made at the hearings in opposition to any increases, Sandy and David testified that MTC agreed that some increases were necessary but the original proposed increase amounts were simply too much. The revised proposal would raise eastbound tolls on the Bay Bridge and westbound tolls on the 301 Bridge in Southern Maryland to $4 this year and $6 in 2013. The proposal also includes reduced toll increases for recreational trailers and small freight vehicles. Tolls on the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and Fort McHenry Tunnel will go from $2 to $4 by July 2013. Non commuter tolls on the Hatem Bridge will be equal to those on the Kennedy Highway largely to discourage a diversion of long-distance traffic from Interstate 95. The Intercounty Connector in Montgomery and Prince George’s County will not see any toll increases. Final action by the MdTA Board of Directors is set for Thursday September 22. Their decision is not subject to review or further modification by the General Assembly or the Governor.
Maryland raised approximately $6 million in July from the increase in the sales tax on alcohol (from 6% to 9%). If the new revenue in July turns out to be the monthly average, it would add approximately $72 million a year, less than the $85 million projected, when the increase was approved. State officials caution that it is not realistic to forecast new revenues based on one month’s figures.
The State Senate’s Budget and Taxation Committee is reviewing options to generate revenue for transportation. The proposals include increasing the 23.5 cent gas tax, a new 6% sales tax on gasoline sales, and raising registration, licensing and titling fees. They are also examining a regional sales tax that would be applied for counties directly affected by mass transit such as Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.
The 31st annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit will be held on November 2-4 at the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland University College. The annual event is the largest in the state tailored to tourism industry professionals. The three-day event provides high level business networking opportunities as well as timely and relevant education on topics related to tourism. It is also an oportunity for recognizing significant tourism industry achievements throughout Maryland that benefit the state’s economy, residents and visitors. Continue reading
MH&LA and MTC President and CEO David Reel has been asked to serve on the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Statewide Transportation Alliance to Restore the Trust (START). This group will be meeting regularly to review and evaluate various funding options for transportation in Maryland.