Fun Fact: A Beacon of Hope

The new Harriet Tubman sculpture "Beacon of Hope" was dedicated in Dorchester County this month. Image courtesy I Love Dorchester County Harriet Tubman was known as the Moses of her people. As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, she led nearly 70 slaves to freedom, making 13 separate trips to Maryland. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. Artist Wesley Wofford wanted to…

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Fun Fact: What’s the Story Autumn Glory?

Celebrate autumn at the 55th annual Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland, Garrett County. The five-day Autumn Glory Festival celebrates the beauty of local fall foliage and will take place October 12-16, 2022. The festival was listed as one of the top fall festivals in the world, and the Town of Oakland is one of the best small towns in the U.S. to see fall foliage. The festival has transformed over 55 years, with its beginnings…

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Fun Fact for Beer Lovers: Tap and Pour Tour

In case you missed it, National Beer Lovers Day was Thursday, September 7. But do not fret, Allegany County has a Tap and Pour Tour good for any day of the week. Named the “Best Beer/Wine/Spirits Trail” by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s 2021 “Best of” awards, the Tap and Pour Tour features stops at six breweries, distilleries, and wineries in Mountain Maryland. Stops include Allegany County’s first farm brewery (1812 Brewery), first winery and distillery…

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Survey Says… Tell MD Tourism and National Parks About the Chesapeake Bay Region

You could win a $250 Amazon gift card for answering a short survey about Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Region. The brief survey should take around 15 minutes. Your honest feedback is extremely valuable in helping the Maryland Office of Tourism and the National Park Service to better provide services and offerings that serve the needs of visitors like you. Your responses will remain confidential and will only be reported in aggregate. After you complete your survey…

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Calling All Cooks: The Great Maryland Recipe Hunt Wants Your Local Recipes!

Marylanders are invited to submit their regional and local recipes to a new project aiming to preserve and share the state's rich gastronomic traditions. Preservation Maryland has launched The Great Maryland Recipe Hunt to collect and preserve regional recipes from around the state to "preserve Maryland's footways for generations to come and help foster regional identity." Preservation Maryland is the State’s first and largest organization dedicated to preserving the state’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archaeological sites. Preservation…

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Ahead of Busy Travel Season – DOT Launches Air Travelers Dashboard

The US Department of Transportation recently launched an Air Travelers dashboard aimed at highlighting travelers' rights during flight disruptions. Throughout 2022, travelers everywhere have experienced an unprecidented level of flight delays and cancellations. When these disruptions occur, airlines are required to support passengers based on commitments made in their customer service plans, but more and more frequently, passengers are finding those plans difficult to understand and do not guarantee services – such as meals or…

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At #MACoCon, Attendees Dive into Innovative Tourism as Drivers of Local Economy

At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, attendees learned about the innovative and creative ways local governments are supporting local tourism as post-pandemic economic drivers. Like many other areas of county service, Maryland’s tourism industry has experienced unprecedented challenges over the past two years. Throughout the pandemic, counties developed new strategies to attract visitors or began promoting a new kind of tourism altogether. As a crucial service to their communities, tourism departments began focusing on innovative…

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Destination Maryland – Tourism of Tomorrow

Across the country, travel has resumed to nearly pre-pandemic levels thanks, in part, to the heroic efforts of local tourism officials. In Maryland, county tourism has rebounded through adapting operations, creatively marketing, and innovating with existing spaces. At the 2022 MACo Summer Conference, four tourism experts will join together to provide case studies reflecting the many efforts undertaken to keep Maryland's tourism industry afloat and thriving into the future. Title: Destination Maryland – Tourism of…

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Southern Maryland’s Resiliency Depends on Tourism
Courtesy of Don Shomette, Charles County website
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. 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…

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5 Reasons Not to Miss the #MACoCon Exhibit Hall

MACo’s Summer Conference Exhibit Hall is full of vendors wanting to make your work easier, more cost-effective, and more efficient. Here are some great reasons to make sure you visit the exhibit hall and see how these companies, state departments, and nonprofits can help you! A big “thank you” to Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters for their sponsorship of MACo’s exhibit hall! 1. Make lasting partnerships 300 exhibiting companies will be waiting to talk to you about their…

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