Current Press Releases

Current Press Releases

Tourism Industry to Recognize the Collective "Power of Travel"

BALTIMORE, MD (April 30, 2021) – The Maryland Department of Commerce’s Office of Tourism and the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC) have partnered to promote the “Power of Travel” during the 38th annual National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) May 2-8, 2021. Interactive events and giveaways around the state are planned, and Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation which will be presented by Maryland Commerce Assistant Secretary Tom Riford at an event on May 4 in Baltimore.

Governor Larry Hogan Recognizes Partners Involved in Nomination

BALTIMORE (March 10, 2021) Maryland’s Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway has been designated as an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the highest designation a road can receive.  This honor was announced along with 49 new designations to the America's Byways® collection, including 15 All-American Roads (AAR) and 34 National Scenic Byways (NSB) in 28 states.

Selected fellows will study, document, and provide interpretation for new Underground Railroad sites across Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD (February 2, 2021) - The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism has awarded four fellowships who will work with the Office of Tourism, the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland program at the Maryland State Archive

Hotel packages, gift cards, and more being offered to entice local travel

BALTIMORE, MD (November 12, 2020) - The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism today launched a holiday campaign encouraging Marylanders to enjoy the holidays locally. The “Open for the Holidays” campaign inspires folks to shop, dine, stay, and entertain within the state during the holiday season to help support Maryland businesses.

Key equestrian events, including Preakness Stakes, taking place throughout the month

ANNAPOLIS, MD (September 29, 2020) – Today Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed October as Maryland Horse Month, recognizing the abundant historic, recreational, therapeutic, and economic contributions made by the state’s horse industry. Additionally, 2020 will be the first year that all of Maryland’s premiere equestrian sporting events, including the Preakness Stakes, are held in the same month due to scheduling changes in response to COVID-19.

Newly-designed website and Welcome Center re-openings help travelers enjoy Maryland’s open roads

BALTIMORE, MD (September 22, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Commerce Office of Tourism in partnership with the state’s 25 Destination Marketing Organizations has launched a new “Open Road” campaign.

Month-long celebration includes unveiling of new outdoor exhibits at Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe

BALTIMORE, MD (August 25, 2020) – Governor Larry Hogan today announced that September would be proclaimed International Underground Railroad Month for the second year in a row. International Underground Railroad Month acknowledges the significance of the Underground Railroad, and all those involved, for its contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed.