(February 26, 2015) – More than 200 tourism industry professionals were joined by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) Secretary Michael Gill for the fifth annual Tourism Day on February 13. This one-day event brought together tourism leaders with elected officials to highlight the economic benefits that tourism delivers. Tourism Day was sponsored by the Maryland Tourism Coalition (MTC) and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (MDMO).
“Tourism in Maryland is a $15.4 billion industry that directly employs more than 138,500 Marylanders. Collectively, we are one of the Top Ten private sector employers in the state and generate more than $2.1 billion in State and local tax revenues. These tourism revenues ease the tax burden on Marylanders to the tune of $970 per year, per household,” said Gill.
“I have been attending Maryland Tourism Day for a while – and, I don’t think that I have ever seen this much fire power in this room: from the Lt. Governor Rutherford, Chief Sales Officer and DBED Secretary Michael Gill, and Comptroller Franchot,” said Michael Haynie, CEO, Parkway Hospitality Management.
Posted on behalf of the Maryland Tourism Coalition