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What’s New in Washington, D.C.?

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Washington, D.C., is buzzing. Want to gauge the volume of new developments? Just look at the city’s skyline. Across all of the city’s quadrants, there are 60-some cranes hoisting steel and glass, a testament to the $9-plus billion in physical developments across the District.

Q&A With Maryland Office of Tourism Development Executive Director Liz Fitzsimmons

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Being named executive director of the Office of Tourism Development (OTD) for the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) two months ago was a logical career progression for Liz Fitzsimmons, who has been an employee of the department since 1993.

35th Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit Returns to Howard County

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The Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC) will hold its 35th annual Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit (MTTS) at the newly renovated Turf Valley in Ellicott City on Oct. 28–30. This will be the summit’s third time at Turf Valley, and record-breaking attendance and sponsorship is expected.

Introducing HowardOnTap, MD’s First Craft Beer Trail App

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Tap the app, and experience the burgeoning craft beer scene centered in Howard County, Md. Howard County Tourism & Promotion (HCTP) announced in June of this year its partnership with locally-owned and operated technology firm TownSprout in the development of its new HowardOnTap craft beer trail app.

Having Fun Is Serious Business

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Howard County Tourism & Promotion’s (HCTP) board of directors, composed of business and community leaders together with Tourism’s team of marketing professionals, are moving Howard County forward as a weekend destination and smart choice for corporate travelers. HCTP works with its promotional partners, county government and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development to be an active part of increasing tourism expenditures.

Industry Perspective: Why I Spend $30,000 to Get Employees Out of the Office

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As CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, I had a problem.

I was managing a budget that included more than $350,000 in accrued vacation liability for the association’s 60 employees, amassed over years of employees rolling over their paid time off. Even more than the financial liability, that meant my employees weren’t using all their vacation time — the consequences of which are less quantifiable, but equally serious.

And The Best Goes On …

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As the 2015 summer concert season comes to a close, Merriweather Post Pavilion will not only end another season of outstanding performances, but also finish the first phase of exterior renovations to the 48-year-old venue.

Annapolis & Anne Arundel County CVB Going Strong

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The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched two new web sites to assist area residents and visitors to Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. Launched last fall, the new NaptownLocals.com blog site helps individuals experience Annapolis like a local by giving them the inside skinny on all things Annapolis. And, launched in July, TheHotelsAtBWI.com highlights the best of what northern Anne Arundel County has to offer.

Industry Perspective: Baltimore Tourism: Still Happening, Still Flourishing

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Fiscal 2015 was a roller-coaster year for Baltimore tourism. The city saw the largest tourism week in recent history in terms of hotel occupancy, visitation and media, thanks to September’s “trifecta” featuring the Star-Spangled Spectacular grand finale celebration and major hometown wins by the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles.

Brand USA: Selling America’s Tourism Products to the World

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Brand USA is the public-private partnership responsible for promoting the United States as a premier travel destination and communicating U.S. entry policies and procedures. Established by the Travel Promotion Act in 2010, the organization’s mission is to increase international visitation to the United States while working in partnership with the travel industry to maximize the economic and social benefits of travel. These benefits include creating jobs essential to the economy and fostering understanding between people and across cultures.

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