NEWS IN BRIEF
“Weekend service will be a great way for visitors to our nation’s capital to have easy access to Maryland on the weekends, “said Margot Amelia, executive director, Maryland Office of Tourism.
MARC Service from Washington, D.C. begins
The Maryland Transit Administration began offering weekend MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. on December 7. The trains will make nine Saturday round trips and six Sunday round trips between Penn Station in Baltimore and Union Station in Washington. The service is expected to be especially appealing to international travelers touching down at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County.
Nonprofit Arts a $1 Billion Boost For Maryland
Maryland’s nonprofit arts sector has a $1.07 billion impact on the state’s economy and supports 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs, which represents an increase over last year of a 1,266 jobs according to a report from the Maryland State Arts Council. The Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY2012 report details how spending by the MSAC’s 241 grantee arts organizations and their audiences boosts Maryland’s economy by creating and retaining jobs while generating revenues for businesses and state and local governments.
“Our investment in the arts fuels job growth, and promotes our vibrant, inviting climate for business and residents,” said Gov. O’Malley. “The arts support the vitality of Maryland’s economy and advance some of our highest priorities as a state like education, community revitalization and quality of life.”
The benefits of Maryland’s vibrant nonprofit arts industry are felt widely. According to the report, the cultural sector generates 12,700 full-time equivalent jobs that return $426.5 million in salaries to local residents. Local business owners and workers are not the only ones to benefit; nonprofit arts generate $47.9 million in tax revenue for Maryland’s state and local governments. And, every $1 of the arts organizations’ operating budgets generates an additional $3.60 in total economic activity.
Tourism Annual Report is Available
The Maryland Office of Tourism Development has posted its Tourism Development Annual Report on line. The annual report presents a variety of performance measures that evaluate the effectiveness of the state’s tourism marketing efforts as well as the impact the travel and tourism industry has on Maryland’s economy. The key statistics found in the report measure advertising effectiveness, economic impact and tourism sales tax revenue and jobs and wages.
ALTA Awards Honor Pillars of Maryland Heritage
Maryland Traditions, the Folklife Program of the Maryland State Arts Council, announced the 2013 Achievement in Living Traditions and Arts (ALTA) Award recipients. The award recognizes Maryland’s outstanding stewards of living traditions.
The ALTA awards are presented annually to an individual or group, a place and a tradition that embody stewardship of living traditions and preservation of Maryland’s cultural heritage. The 2013 ALTA Award recipients are: blacksmith Wally Yater (People), Piscataway Homelands: People, Culture and Traditions (Place), and The Oyster Fritters of the Sharpstown Firemen’s Carnival (Tradition).
On Jan. 18, the awards will be presented during a ceremony and concert at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center on the Takoma Park – Silver Spring campus. The event is free to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance.
A De-Light-Ful Tour of Maryland
Candlelight tours, holiday illuminations, lighted-boat parades and Chesapeake Bay lighthouses are all beacons of light revealing authentic Maryland experiences and destinations. Here is a sampling of where you’ll find lights of the season: Winterfest of Lights (Ocean City); Chesapeake City Winterfest; Winter Festival of Lights (Upper Marlboro); Miracle on 34th Street (Baltimore); Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival; and Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade (Annapolis).
Tourism Tax Codes grew 1.6 percent
The latest issue of the Maryland Tourism Monitor – the Office of Tourism’s monthly report on metrics for marketing, tourism-related sales taxes, lodging and transportation trends, and leisure and hospitality jobs – is available online. This edition, the first of FY2014, reports data through September 2013 and also highlights two new categories – OTD’s communications efforts and Gaming Revenue. Among its findings: sales-tax revenue from tourism tax codes grew 1.6 percent the first two months of the year; BWI Marshall Airport continues to see growth in domestic and international arrivals and transient business and government travel in the region remains soft, based upon Amtrak and Smith Travel Research trends.
Editorial: Lucky to be living in a place with so much history and charm
Weekend MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
Andy Vick, former Maryland Tourism Development Member and Maryland State Arts Councilor, headed to Colorado
“Andy’s energy and vision was a tremendous asset to the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Tourism Development Board,” said Hannah Byron, assistant secretary, Maryland Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. “We wish him and Beth the best as they head forth to Colorado Springs where Andy will lead the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.”
Maryland Film Productions Set to be Seen
Two Maryland-based productions have been given dates for their premieres. Ping Pong Summer has announced that it will premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Utah and House of Cards will begin its second season on February 14, 2014, which will feature episodes directed by Jodi Foster and James Foley.
Allegany Museum to host state sports history exhibit in 2015
Mark your calendar for Tourism and Arts Advocacy Days
Advocates from across the state will voice their support for Maryland tourism and arts funding during meetings with state legislators on Maryland Tourism Day, Fri., Jan. 31, 2014 and on Maryland Arts Day, Wed., Feb. 12, 2014.