County Leaders Explore the Tourism of Tomorrow at #MACoCon

At the 2023 MACo Summer Conference, an expert panel discussed the new trends in tourism and how to leverage the evolving industry for workforce and economic development.

At the 2023 MACo Summer Conference panel, “Transformational Tourism – Turning Todays Opportunities Into Tomorrows Necessities,” experts discussed new trends in the tourism industry, exciting opportunities, and how to best leverage todays tourism to transform the local economy. 

Panel speakers

  • Kelly Groff, President and CEO, Visit Montgomery
  • Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director, Maryland Sports Commission; President – Sport and Entertainment Corporation of Maryland & Baltimore 
  • Clint Sterline, Director, Parks and Recreation, Somerset County 
  • Kristen Pironis, Executive Director, Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

Moderator: Paul Edwards, Garrett County Commissioner and MACo Board Member

Key takeaways from the session included the power of regional and multi-county tourism projects, the need to prioritize youth skills development and training to rebuild Maryland’s hospitality industry, and the power of investing in emerging opportunities in the tourism and entertainment industries.

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