November 8-10, 2017
The Hotel at UMD

The Maryland Travel & Tourism Summit (MTTS) is Maryland’s annual tourism industry conference that brings together all sectors of the hospitality industry where business and public sector leaders convene, network and learn new strategies to advance MD’s Tourism industry.  The summit attracts more than 250 attendees who engage with a variety of keynote speakers on industry trends, legislative representatives during a tourism town hall, participate in interactive learning sessions including off-site educational tours of the destination. This will be the 38th year of the MTTS through a continued collaboration with the Maryland Office of Tourism, partnering associations, and hundreds of volunteers.


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Sponsorship Investment 2017

MTTS is Maryland tourism’s most prestigious industry gathering.  Sponsorship provides unparalleled opportunities to network, and to promote your business to the top tourism professionals from across our state. Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved in a meaningful way – and to align your business with what we anticipate to be the best MTTS yet!


Exclusive Naming Rights & Annual MTC Sponsorships
• After-Party: Platinum
• Learning Lab: Platinum
• Attendee Bag: Gold
• Lanyard/Badge: Gold
• Welcome Gift: Gold
• Turn Down Gift: Gold
• Signature Drink: Gold
• Center Piece: Gold

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MTC Awards

Submit your nominations!
Deadline is September 29, 2017.

Please only submit one entry in each category. Nominators and recipients of all awards MUST be a member of the Maryland Tourism Coalition. All awards will be announced and presented during the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS) Awards Banquet on  Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at The Hotel at University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Let’s showcase what
Maryland has to offer!

Showcase your organization at the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit by donating a valuable prize. Put your company in front of top leaders in the Tourism industry. Prizes will be awarded at events as well as at a NEW Silent Auction.

What types of items do we need?
• Once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
• Posh weekend getaways!
• We’re the people who enjoy what we do …
VACATION PEOPLE … so the sky’s the limit.

Let’s showcase what Maryland has to offer….
◊ The Beach ◊ The Mountains ◊ Urban Suburban ◊ Horse Country ◊ The Bay

• Destinations! • Restaurants! • Theater and Show tickets! • Attractions tickets! • Posh Overnights Getaways! • Baseball & Football games! • VIP tickets sure to delight! • Great getaways & road trips from DC to OC, stays for a week or a day! • Unforgettable Family Experiences, Cool Stuff for Kids & Fido too!

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MTTS Program as of 11.2.17

(Subject to change)

Wednesday, November 8
9:30 to 11:30 am
Learning Labs.  Pre-registration is required.

  • Newbie Orientation and Sponsor presentations.
  • Partnering with Meredith Publishing

MTDB Meeting

11:00 to 12:30 pm
Registration in Foyer A

12:30 to 1:30 pm
Welcome & Summit Kick Off
MD Office of Tourism Awards Luncheon

1:45 to 3:00 pm
Kickoff General Session: State of State Tourism
Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, Managing Director of the Division of Tourism Film, and the Arts (TFA)
View Liz Fitzsimmon’s Bio

3:00 to 3:30 pm
Networking Break with Sponsors

3:30 to 4:30 pm
General Session: State of US Travel & Tourism:
Salon A & B
Jena McNeil, Vice President of Public Affairs, US Travel and Ron Erdman, Deputy Director, US Department of Commerce
View Jena McNeil’s Bio

4:45 pm
Shuttles will depart from the Hotel lobby for the Welcome Reception.

5:00 to 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception at College Park Aviation Museum.  Shuttles will be provided.

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Dine Around
College Park and Hyattsville.
Transportation will be provided to the following Dine-Around partners:
Busboys and Poets, Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery & General Store, Kapnos Taverna by Mike Isabella, Old Maryland Grill, and Pizzeria Paradiso.

Thursday, November 9
8:00 to 5:00 pm
Registration open

8:00 to 8:45 am
Networking Breakfast with Sponsors

8:45 – 9:45 am
General Session: Neen James – Sales & Leadership: Attention Pays

10:00 – 10:45 am
General Session: Digital Marketing 2.0
John Gehrig, President, D3

10:45 am to 11:15 am
Networking Break with Sponsors

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
General Session: Digital Marketing 2.0
Ryan Goff, SVP, Social Media Marketing Director, MGH, Inc.
View Ryan Goff’s Bio

Noon to 1:15 pm
Buffet Lunch begins for MTC Annual Meeting

1:15 to 2:15 pm
Tourism Town Hall
The Maryland Tourism Industry Town Hall gives attendees the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Maryland Tourism Coalition in 2017 and hear from a panel of elected officials and Annapolis insiders on the outlook of the 2018 Maryland General Assembly and MTC’s top legislative priorities for the upcoming session. Q&A encouraged!
View Ken Ulman’s Bio

2:30/3:00 to 5:00 pm.  Transportation provided
Three Off-site Educational Tours.

  • Hyattsville Arts & Entertainment Tour – This tour is packed with quick visits to multiple cultural centers and two of its iconic restaurants. Joe’s Movement Emporium, Brentwood Arts Exchange, and Pyramid Atlantic Arts, Vigilante Coffee and Franklin’s
  • Tour of Historic City of Greenbelt – Walking tour one of only three “greentowns” built during the Great Depression under orders from President Franklin D. Roosevelt – now a designated National Historic Landmark since 1997. Greenbelt Museum and Old Greenbelt Theatre will be visited.
  • University of Maryland College Park Campus tour – As one of the country’s largest universities, College Park is University of Maryland’s flagship campus. With 38,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff at College Park, the campus is a bustling city in itself featuring state-of-the-art academic buildings, a renowned culture arts center and much more. Tour includes: Tour Kick Off at the UMD Visitor Center, Xfinity Center, tour of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and much more.This tour will meet up with Ken Ulman of Margrave Strategies who will share his excitement about  business partnerships with the University.

5:00 to 6:30 pm
Afternoon Break

6:30 to 7:30 pm
Awards Attendee Banquet Reception with Sponsors

7:30 to 9:45 pm
Maryland Tourism Coalition Awards Banquet.
Speaker: Torrey Smith, University of Maryland graduate and former Baltimore Raven
Awards Emcees: Nora Campbell, National Aquarium and Chris Riehl, Baltimore Rent-a-Tour

After Awards
Meredith Celebrates Maryland After Party

Friday, November 10
8:00 to 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast with Sponsors

9:00 to 10:00 am
General Session: How Cultural Competence Helps Your Bottom Line
Apoorva N. Gandhi, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International
View Apoorva N. Gandhi’s Bio

10:00 to 11:00 am
Sales & Leadership Wrap Up: Neen James
View Neen James’ Bio

11:00 am
Pete’s Pictures & Closing Remarks

Off Site Educational Tours

In-depth description of Off Site Educational Tours.  You will make your selection during your registration process.

Hyattsville Arts & Entertainment Tour – Tour Guide: Aaron Macavitch, Executive Director of Maryland Milestones/ATHA Inc.

This tour is packed with quick visits to multiple cultural centers and two of its iconic restaurants:

Joe’s Movement Emporium
– Established in 1995, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity. Based in Mount Rainier, in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually. Joe’s has five arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means.

Brentwood Arts Exchange
– The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for the arts-based community development of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. The Brentwood Arts Exchange supports artists and develops community by welcoming all audiences to diverse, high-quality visual art exhibitions, concerts, a craft store featuring work by local artisans, and affordable arts classes for all ages.

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center
– Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC) was founded in 1981 by noted artist and teacher Helen C. Frederick to provide a setting for artistic collaboration and dialogue. It is located in the historic Arcade building in the Hyattsville Gateway Arts District. The facility features a papermaking studio, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, a darkroom, and a wood shop.

Vigilante Coffee
– The mission is to source the best coffees in the world. They use the money they purchase their coffees with, to make a bigger impact where it is grown. Hyattsville, MD is the home to our first cafe and roastery. Pioneers of specialty coffee in Washington D.C. since 2012.

Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store
– Located in the heart of historic Hyattsville, Franklin’s is Prince George’s County’s first microbrewery, and the only combination restaurant, brewery, and toy store in the world. In 1992, Mike and Debra Franklin purchased the former Hyattsville Hardware Co. and opened Franklin’s General Store & deli, helping to recapture the spirit of bustling community activity. In 2002, Franklin’s closed the deli portion of the store, and opened a 200-seat brewpub, and doubled the size of the store. Since its inception, Franklin’s has been a destination for local families and craft beer lovers alike.

Tour of Historic City of Greenbelt – Tour Guides: Caitlin McGrath, Executive Director of the Old Greenbelt Theater and Megan Searing Young, Director of the Greenbelt Museum

Enjoy a walking tour one of only three “greentowns” built during the Great Depression under orders from President Franklin D. Roosevelt – now a designated National Historic Landmark since 1997.

Greenbelt Museum
– Greenbelt is a planned community that was designed and built by the federal government during the Great Depression. Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the project put many unemployed people to work building the original town, while also creating homes for families of modest income during a severe housing shortage. Greenbelt’s team of prominent planners and architects attempted to create a small utopia using the principles of garden-city planning. Greenbelt is one of three Federal “greentowns” (the others are Greendale, WI, and Greenhills, OH). The Greenbelt Museum includes an original international-style house near the town’s center that is restored and furnished with objects from the period of 1936-1946. The walls are hung with original architectural renderings and artwork created by New Deal

Old Greenbelt Theatre
– The Old Greenbelt Theatre is a single screen movie theatre located in the heart of Greenbelt, Maryland, showing contemporary films in addition to offering a schedule of diverse and community based film programming. Completed in 1938, the Old Greenbelt Theatre is an iconic building in Greenbelt. The Theatre is a prominent reminder of a bygone era of cinema, as well as a living institution whose values of community service and collective responsibility continue to be pertinent and valuable.

University of Maryland College Park Campus tour – Tour guide: Brian Darmody, AVP Corporate and Foundation Relations at University of Maryland. This tour will meet up with Ken Ulman of Margrave Strategies who will share his excitement about business partnerships with the University.

As one of the country’s largest universities, College Park is University of Maryland’s flagship campus. With 38,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff at College Park, the campus is a bustling city in itself featuring state-of-the-art academic buildings, a renowned culture arts center and much more. Tour includes:

Tour Kick Off at the UMD Visitor Center

Each year the University of Maryland welcomes more than 80,000 visitors at our Visitor Center, located in Turner Hall. A great place to begin any campus visit, our friendly and informed staff is available to give you a warm Terrapin welcome.

And, our Fear the Turtle sculpture, The Freshman, holds a special surprise for our young visitors.

Xfinity Center
– Explore the North Campus community and the Diner as well as the Eppley Recreation Center (Department of Recreation & Wellness)

Tour of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center – “The Clarice” is the largest single building ever constructed by the State of Maryland. The 318,000-square-foot performing arts center, designed by Moore Ruble Yudell, is located on 17 acres. A state of the art performing arts “village,” comprised of 10 interconnected structures, the Center celebrated its official dedication on September 29, 2001. The center is named for a well-known Virginia artist and collector, Clarice Smith, who attended the university before continuing her art studies at the Corcoran School in Washington and at George Washington University, where she taught watercolor and portrait painting to advanced degree candidates. Smith has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries in the United States and abroad. Together with her husband, real estate developer Robert Smith, the Smiths have become the largest private donors ever to a public university in the State of Maryland. As part of a major public research university, The Clarice is committed to collaboration and the creation and support of new work that further advances our knowledge and understanding, working in its creative radius.

Other highlights –Other highlights –Other stops will include,  the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference center as well as the Stamp (Student Union) and Riggs Alumni Center.

Dine Around Restaurants


Busboys and Poets
5331 Baltimore Ave #104
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Cuisine: American, Breakfast, Brunch
Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted…a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul…a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide…we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.

The menu offers both American and international dishes. Among the American foods are burgers and pizza, including an Oceanic pizza featuring mussels, shrimp and leeks. Some of the more international offerings include falafel, panini, meatloaf, lasagna and falafel wrap. The menu offers numerous options for vegetarians and vegans. Shallal initially hired a chef, but changed his mind a week before opening, believing the food called too much attention to itself. He brought the chef over from Mimi’s to train the kitchen staff, and Shallal contributed his own recipes.

Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery & General Store
5123 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Cuisine: American, Brewery
Located in the heart of historic Hyattsville MD, Franklins is Prince Georges County’s first microbrewery, and the only combination restaurant, brewery, and toy store in the world. Franklins is a gathering place with deep roots in the Hyattsville community. Franklins sources food locally whenever possible. The menu changes seasonally, usually every 6 weeks, depending on the local ingredients currently available. It is Chef Marc Heckrotte’s philosophy that through local sourcing, Franklin’s can provide customers with all the freshness and vitality that seasonal food at its peak can bring, while also supporting valued local farmers and producers.

Kapnos Taverna by Mike Isabella
THE HOTEL at University of Maryland
7777 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20741
Cuisine: Classic and coastal-inspired Greek and Mediterranean dishes
Chef Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna, serving classic and coastal-inspired Greek dishes, including favorites from the Greek Islands along with tastes from other regions known for their fine local products. Like its sibling restaurants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, Kapnos Taverna features traditional versions of Greek favorites alongside executive chef George Pagonis’s contemporary takes on the ancient cuisine. The restaurant’s liquid offerings feature a Greek-heavy wine list and Mediterranean-inspired cocktails by Mike Isabella Concepts beverage director Taha Ismail.

Old Maryland Grill
THE HOTEL at University of Maryland
7777 Baltimore Avenue
College Park, MD 20741
Cuisine: Steaks, seafood, bison, chops, finest ingredients locally-sourced farm to table
Guests craving local cuisine will visit Old Maryland Grill for the area’s best dry-aged steaks and seafood. Enjoy locally sourced favorites like crab cakes, oysters from Maryland and Virginia waters, and 24 local beers and ciders on tap. Old Maryland Grill will also be available for in-room dining.

Pizzeria Paradiso
4800 Rhode Island Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Cuisine: Artisan Pizza, Italian specialties, microbrews & handcrafted beers.
Pizzeria Paradiso offers a variety of specialty pizzas that include local ingredients. They feature a beer list of 200 bottled beers and a traditional British-style cask ale, all presented at the correct temperatures and in appropriate glassware.


About MTTS

EDUCATE The MD Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS) has been bringing Maryland’s tourism industry leaders together since 1979.  From the mountains to the ocean our members come to the Summit as an annual opportunity to share ideas and experiences while learning from industry experts on the national and state level. The ideas and energy flow freely at MTTS!

INSPIRE More than a trade association, MTC is a forumn for  learning, networking, collaboration, advocacy and action! The Summit is the culmination of a year of hard work as a grassroots association. We celebrate our acomplishments with the annual awards program and we look to the future  and interact with elected leaders during our Tourism Town Hall.

EMPOWER No matter your tourism industry affiliation, MTC  and MTTS offers you an opportunity for growth. Be it networking, professional development, or business /legislative advocacy, let MTC amplify your voice and expose your business to hundreds of new alliances.




 There is something magical about the MD Tourism & Travel Summit. It may be the spirit of hospitality that sets our conference apart from others. We have a passion for serving others and are dedicated to our comunities where we live work and play. After all… tourism is everybody’s business….
Deb Carter, Executive Director of Maryland Association of Campgrounds

Anthony and I launched our advertising agency  35 years ago and developed a business niche in tourism through my involement with MTC and the MD Travel Summit. Most of my clients are in the tourism industry and Im grateful to MTC that 35 years later I still work with many of them!
Anthony & Roseanne Souza, The Souza Agency

MY MTC membership is a sound investment. In a sales position I have to meet a lot of people. MTC affords me the ability to network with other hosptity oriented businesses that can benefit from my service. I have made countless  new clients through the MTTS and my MTC membership.
Ruth Toomey, Extraordinaire Limousine

As a newbie to MTC I could not get over the comradery and energy among the attendees of MTTS. I have found that getting involved as a volunteer is a great way to network my business, help a worthy organization and HAVE FUN! Tourism people are some of the best kind of people actually!
Brian Sentf, Conference Center at the Maritime Institute