On Friday, February 14th, MCC Senior Sales Analyst, Brian Senft attended Maryland Tourism Day in Annapolis. The event featured special guest speakers including:
Tourism is extremely important in our home state of Maryland! It creates jobs, sustains small business, generates revenue, and supports our future!
According to the Maryland Tourism Coalition:
Visitors to Maryland spent $18.1 billion on travel expenses in 2018, up 2.1 percent from the previous year, according to a report released recently by the Maryland Office of Tourism Development & Maryland Dept. of Commerce. This increase was despite three Federal Government shut downs. While the Federal Government shut down in January 2018 was three days, February for five hours, and during the winter holiday in December, travel to federal installations in Maryland were impacted. In addition, Maryland welcomed more than 41.9 million visitors in 2018.
“Maryland’s tourism industry continues to be a powerful economic driver for our Maryland, proving good jobs for tens of thousands of our citizens and billions in revenue for our state,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Our continued investment in tourism will ensure we are able to provide a great experience to our visitors, as well as valuable returns for many communities across the state.”
According to the report, more than 74 percent of visitor spending focused on three areas: food and beverage, lodging, and transportation. This spending has generated $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenues. More than 150,000 Marylanders were directly employed in the tourism industry in 2018, making it the 10th largest private sector employer in the state. The industry supported a payroll of $6.5 billion, which is an increase of 4 percent from 2017.
In addition to the many benefits mentioned above, tourism gives Maryland the opportunity to show-off all of the amazing locations, activities, history, etc. that it has to offer.
Become a tourism advocate with us and join the hundreds of business and association members of Maryland Tourism Coalition working to grow and support tourism throughout Maryland! Learn more at mdtourism.org. #TourismWorks4MD
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