BALTIMORE (January 15, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism has released the 2020 edition of Destination Maryland: The Official Guide to Maryland Travel. This year the free publication contains a special feature on some of the extraordinary women excelling within the tourism industry.
These dedicated women may be found at the helm of Chesapeake Bay heritage tour boats, creating unique craft beers for the only Guinness brewery in the United States, or celebrating the many contributions of African-American women (and men!) as director of the largest museum dedicated to Maryland African-American history and culture.
This full-color magazine includes themed trip suggestions as well as regional listings of museums, attractions, history & heritage sites, arts & culture facilities, state & national parks, and visitor services.
“Maryland truly has something for everyone, from our many recreational activities, to our world-famous seafood, to our historical sites that highlight our state’s role in U.S. history,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “This guide captures the great things we have to offer, with a unique focus on the women that make Maryland a great place to visit.”
In December, Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed 2020 as “The Year of the Woman” in Maryland to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“In recognition of this important anniversary, our office wanted Destination Maryland to incorporate the contributions of Maryland women past and present in a meaningful way,” said Liz Fitzsimmons, managing director, Maryland Division of Tourism and Film. “The 2020 guide pays homage to contemporary women making a mark in the tourism industry and highlights many attractions where amazing historic women are featured.”
A small sampling of women-centric attractions or those with special exhibits for “The Year of the Woman” include the Clara Barton National Park Historic Site, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center, and the Spruce Forest Artisan Village.
Additionally, inspirational visitor images representing the state’s five regions that have been tagged with #MDinFocus on social media appear throughout the publication. The guide also contains a curated sampling of special events, fairs and festivals.
The “Year of the Woman” webpage will be continually updated as more commemorative events and exhibits are unveiled. For additional details, please visit www.visitmaryland.org/woman.
Printed copies of Destination Maryland are available for pick-up at Maryland Welcome Centers, local county tourism visitor centers or by calling 800-719-5900. Orders can also be placed on the Office of Tourism’s web site, visitmaryland.org, where the guide is also available in an e-book version.
Destination Maryland is produced in conjunction with Miles Partnership, a leader in travel publication and content development. With more than 180 travel marketing experts, Miles is 100 percent dedicated to marketing travel destinations, and creates award-winning, innovative, integrated online and print solutions that result in increased visitation.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism & Film within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $18.1 billion on travel-related expenses in 2018. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.5 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 150,000 jobs. For more information, visit www.visitmaryland.org.