Maryland Tourism Works
This Just In…
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 today 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.
For over 50 years, the Maryland Tourism Coalition has represented and united varied segments of tour and travel, bringing together the entire industry to enhance business growth and to promote the development of Maryland tourism.
Maryland Tourism Coalition strives to create the most productive statewide tourism climate possible. We promote business, offer professional development activities, and enhance our economic impact for the benefit of all Marylanders.
Maryland Tourism Coalition works on behalf of its members to affect positive change and defend the industry. Through direct advocacy, Tourism Day and educational sessions, our members inform and engage elected officials. Diversity is our strength, unity is our power.
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MTC strives to create the most productive statewide tourism climate possible. Members from all segments of the industry work together to promote business, participate in professional development activities, and enhance our economic impact for the benefit of all Marylanders. Together…as a tourism coalition, we can strengthen our industry and positively affect our economy, which benefits all Marylanders.
It’s time to join the hundreds of business and association members of Maryland Tourism Coalition working to grow and support tourism throughout Maryland.