Hagerstown man named to board of Maryland Tourism Council

December 09, 2007

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has announced that CVB President and CEO Tom Riford has been named to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Tourism Council.

Riford was named to a Director at Large position.

The Maryland Tourism Council, headquartered in Annapolis, is the statewide membership organization representing all private-sector segments of the hospitality and tourism industry - emphasizing Government affairs, business growth, professional development, and alliances with other tourism organizations, the business community, and state and local governments. For over 35 years, the Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) has represented and united varied segments of tour and travel, bringing together the entire industry to enhance business growth and to promote the development of Maryland tourism.

The Council has long advocated on behalf of Maryland's tourism industry, requesting funding for promotion and advertising from the Maryland General Assembly and the Executive Branch of Government. Today Maryland's tourism industry is healthy, returning millions of dollars to the state and local tax bases.


During 2006, the Maryland Tourism Industry generated about $850 million in state and local taxes.

According to the State of Maryland's Office of Tourism Development, the tourism industry generated more $11- billion in 2005 from about 28 million visitors. The tourism industry is also the state's third largest employer with more than 116,000 employees.

During 2006, Maryland tourism jobs grew by about 2 percent. Employment at the state's food and beverage establishments grew by 3,200 during 2006.

Arts, entertainment and recreation employment grew by 2,600 jobs during the same period.

According to the Maryland Tourism Council, one of the strongest areas of growth for the state was in arts tourism.

More than 13 million people attended arts events in Maryland in 2006, generating over $1 billion in economic impact, up from $970 million the previous year. This is according to a report generated by the Maryland State Arts Council.

Arts tourism generated an estimated $37.3 million in state and local taxes, up from $35 million.

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