Southern Maryland’s Resiliency Depends on Tourism

A recent Southern Maryland Chronicle article highlights tourism’s important role in Maryland, with a particular focus on the state’s southern region.

Courtesy of Don Shomette, Charles County website

According to the Chronicle, tourism accounts for more than 150,000 jobs across Maryland. In 2018, 41.9 million people visited the state and spent $18.1 billion. Moreover, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Maryland saw a boost in its tourism economy thanks to a steady increase in visitorship. The Chronicle notes, “Southern Maryland welcomed 36.1 million domestic visitors in 2013, an increase of 2.2 percent from 2012 and an increase of 33 percent from 2007.”

The article stresses the many attractions featured in southern Maryland:

Southern Maryland offers something for everyone, whether travelers prefer boating and beaches, skiing in the mountains, exploring historic sites, or dining on some of the best seafood in the world… And Southern Maryland’s diversified scenery, diversity of ethnicities, and array of tourist attractions have earned it the nickname “America in Miniature.”

The Chronicle states tourism will play a critical role in the region’s economic rebound, citing numerous positive developments. For example, numerous small businesses, which make up 95% of all tourism businesses, received $200 million in COVID-related financial aid. Additionally, the Maryland Tourism Development Board received $10.2 million in Fiscal Year 2020 to bolster tourism marketing efforts across the state.

Read the full Southern Maryland Chronicle article.

Tourism resiliency will be the focus of the upcoming 2022 MACo Summer Conference session, “Destination Maryland – Tourism of Tomorrow.” Join tourism officials from across the state, including the Executive Director of Destination Southern Maryland, to further explore the industry’s issues and some of the creative solutions our panelists have adopted.

The 2022 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD, from August 17-22. This year’s theme is “Taking Care of Business.” More information can be found on our conference website.
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