BALTIMORE, MD (May 2, 2019) – The Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism will celebrate the 36th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) with a series of outreach initiatives. Between May 5-11, the tourism office will coordinate a social media marketing campaign targeted to regional consumers, and host a series of open houses at eight of the state-run Welcome Centers. Founded by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, NTTW is a yearly tradition that recognizes the tourism industry’s impact on the nation’s economy.
The theme of this year’s NTTW, “Travel Matters,” highlights the ways that travel enhances communities by creating jobs and generating economic impact through visitor spending; providing new recreational experiences and learning opportunities; contributing to the well-being and health benefits of travelers; and enhancing hometown pride.
“Travel and tourism is a billion dollar industry in Maryland that not only creates and supports nearly 150,000 state jobs, but provides unique and memorable experiences that are priceless,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “We are proud to continue President Reagan’s yearly tradition of celebrating travel and tourism here in our home state and all across our great nation.”
“On May 7, we are celebrating NTTW at our Maryland Welcome Centers, which welcome tens of thousands of visitors each year,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “We’re inviting everyone—elected officials, tourism industry members, travelers, and our local friends and neighbors—to join us in celebrating the power of tourism.”
During NTTW, the Office of Tourism’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels will ask friends and followers to share why they think “Travel Matters” in Maryland by using the hashtag #MDInFocus and sharing their favorite places in Maryland.
An open house will take place on May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at each of the following Welcome Centers:
- Bay Country located on Route 301 near Centreville
- I-95 North and South located near Savage
- Mason-Dixon located on Route 15 near Emmitsburg
- Route 70 East and West near Myersville
- Sideling Hill located on Route 68 near Hancock
- Youghiogheny Overlook located on Route 68 near Friendsville
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $17.7 billion on travel-related expenses in 2017. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.4 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 149,000 jobs with a payroll of $6.3 billion. For more information, go to www.visitmaryland.org