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JULY 24, 2013
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Selling Maryland on the road
Rich Gilbert, travel trade sales manager at the Maryland Office of Tourism, recently led 16 industry partners on a Maryland on the Road Enterprise (MORE) sales blitz of Michigan. The group, traveling aboard an executive motorcoach, met with 40 representatives from 19 tour operators.    Visits also included clients that send a large volume of student tours to the Washington D.C. area including Brightspark, Corporate Travel, Countryside Tours, Educational Tours, Phillips Travel and Shoreline Tours. 

NEWS IN BRIEF

Baltimore Heritage Receives National Park Service Grant
Nearly $70,000 has been awarded to Baltimore Heritage, Inc., to conduct an archeological survey in the area of Patterson Park.  Funds from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) will support an archeological survey covering part of the War of 1812 Battle of Baltimore at Patterson Park. Baltimore Heritage, Inc. received a grant for $66,000 dollars, which will help fund an archeological survey documenting resources in the area of Patterson Park, associated with Hampstead Hill and the Battle of Baltimore.  Baltimore Heritage also received a grant of $25,000 from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA) for the project.

The Maryland Militia defended this site against the British in September, 1814, preventing the capture of Baltimore.  A public archaeology outreach program will be conducted to engage local residents and visitors in the area’s War of 1812 history.  This project is slated for the spring and summer of 2014, just in time for the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore.
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Two Maryland Towns Awarded NEA grants
Chestertown and Takoma Park have each been awarded Our Town Grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).    The Our Town Program supports projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at their core. Projects encourage creative activity, develop community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies. All Our Town grant awards are made to partnerships that consist of at least one nonprofit organization and a local government entity.

Chestertown was awarded $25,000 to support the creation of a public arts master plan for the waterfront area. The plan’s process will include stakeholder gatherings centered on art, environment and history. The project will culminate in an inaugural public art installation, which will be selected through a competitive request for proposals.

Takoma Park’s New Hampshire Avenue is a 1.25-mile corridor undergoing redevelopment, consisting of an immigrant community, small businesses, neighborhoods, and green spaces.  The City of Takoma Park, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, CASA de Maryland, and IMPACT Silver Spring, Dance Exchange received $100,000 to use dance to bring attention to the diverse populations of the corridor and how these varied cultures can contribute to a shared future.
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Maryland Productions Emmy Contenders
Two Maryland-made productions have been nominated for a total of 15 Emmys. "House of Cards" was nominated for nine Emmys, including Best Dramatic Actor and Best Dramatic Actress. VEEP was also nominated for 5 Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series. While 15 Emmys is impressive, there are other numbers that are very important as well. The two productions have hired more 3,000 Marylanders and utilized the goods and services of thousands of Maryland businesses. “The professionals in the film industry, the Maryland businesses that service the industry and the state and local leaders who have supported the film industry should be proud that these critically acclaimed television series call Maryland home, “ said Jack Gerbes, director, Maryland Film Office.

And speaking of award-winning performances, Kevin Spacey received the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles versus the Toronto Blue Jays game on July 14. He threw a strike.

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Two Scenic Byways Films Receive Emmys
National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences recently announced awards for its 55th Emmy Awards, and video productions about two of Maryland’s National Scenic Byways have been recognized as the best in their category.

  • Heart of the Civil War won in the category of Documentary – Historical.
  • The War of 1812 On The Chesapeake: Home of the Brave won in the category of Chesapeake Heritage – Special.

Both projects were funded with grant awards from the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Scenic Byways Program.  The money has been used for enhancing, interpreting and marketing Maryland’s Byways. The grant application to the National Scenic Byways Program was prepared by the Maryland Office of Tourism (OTD) and its state and local partners, in cooperation with the Maryland State Highway Administration, to commemorate internationally and nationally significant historic anniversaries including the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War and the Centennial of Harriet Tubman.
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Tourism performance measures on positive track
The latest issue of the Maryland Tourism Monitor — the Office of Tourism's monthly report on measures for visitation and marketing, tourism-related sales taxes and leisure and hospitality jobs — is available online. Among its findings: Sales-tax revenue from tourism tax codes grew 1.6 percent the first ten months of the fiscal year — more than double the 0.7 percent rate of growth for overall sales-tax revenue during the same time period. Additionally, through May, OTD’s print advertising investment was 20 percent greater than the previous year and there was a corresponding 27 percent increase in advertising requests.

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Summer restaurant weeks continue into August
Maryland's Buy Local Challenge Week, which runs through July 28 calls for a commitment to eat at least one thing from a local farm every day during the week. Howard County's restaurant week, Farm-2-Table, which goes to Aug. 4, blends the "buy local" theme into its summer restaurant week. Participating restaurants offer locally-sourced ingredients – meat, produce and wine – from nearby farms.

Baltimore (City) Restaurant Week, July 26 – Aug. 4, features an array of participating eateries in Inner Harbor, Harbor East, Little Italy, Federal Hill, Mount Vernon, Hampden and other areas. Bethesda and Chevy Chase Restaurant Week, July 29 – Aug. 4 supports  Yellow Ribbon, IncBaltimore County Restaurant Week, Aug. 9-25, includes three dozen restaurants. Carroll County Restaurant Week is Aug. 18-25. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus for dinner, and in many instances, for lunch, too.


IN THE NEWS

This weekend on New York Now.
Matt Ryan interviews a number of other experts, on the Forgotten War of 1812:  

State officials push for $125 million BWI expansion project
Expanded international service, passenger comfort is goal of 3-year plan

In mid-June the Talbot County Office of Tourism, Harrison’s Chesapeake House & Sportfishing and the Maryland Office of Tourism jointly hosted a dozen regional outdoor writers for sport fishing and crabbing. The trip has newspaper articles in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware.


UPCOMING EVENTS

FiberFest returns in August
The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES), will be hosting a three-day celebration of the fiber arts featuring exhibits, workshops, classes, guest speakers, demonstrations, quilt documentations and special Underground Railroad-themed programs in celebration of the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. This FiberFest event takes place Aug. 1 through Aug. 3 in downtown Denton. Visit www.fiberartscenter.com for details and registration information.

SAVE THE DATE:
Mark your calendars for the 33rd Annual Maryland Tourism and Travel Summit to be held from November 6-8, 2013 at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve in Anne Arundel County.

Tickets for the Grand Prix of Baltimore — Labor Day weekend — are available on the race's web site.

Building Strategic Industry Partnerships Webinar 3
MOBILIZING YOUR PARTNERSHIP:  Preparing for the Launch
8/1/2013 1:00 PM
This webinar will provide specific how-to tips and tools for these decisions, and will set you on a solid track for mobilizing the development of your partnership -- or expansion of an existing one. 

Stitching History: Recreating the Star-Spangled Banner
The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) is recreating the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag. MdHS has recruited experienced sewers to construct the majority of the flag, however, there will be two public sewing days, where anyone can come in and put a stitch or two in the flag!  The two days are Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday Aug.11 from noon till 3 each day.

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