Tourism…Having FUN is Serious Business
Tourism is a vital economic engine. In Howard County, it generates an astounding $780 million in visitor expenditures annually and employs over 10,000 people. When tourists spend their weekends at local events and attractions they take home fond memories and fun photos– but what they leave behind is tax dollars. In fact, in Howard County, thanks to tourism related activities, over $13 million in tax revenue can be reinvested annually by local government to sustain the quality of life for its residents.
To benefit our tourism related businesses and ensure that this revenue stream continues to flow, the Office of Tourism and Promotion works consistently to move Howard County forward both as a Mid-Atlantic weekend destination and a convenient, “2-4-1” home base for experiencing both Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Working together with our promotional partners, Howard County Government and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development, we strive to increase awareness about and travel to our destination. As a team we enthusiastically promote and celebrate all that is wonderful in Howard County– its historic towns, opportunities for outdoor recreation, local dining, signature festivals and cultural happenings.
Helping behind the scenes is a cast of thousands. We’d like you to meet a few of the individuals here in Howard County who the industry touches and who touch the industry. Some are obvious while others may seem unlikely, but they’ll all agree that for them, having fun IS serious business.
Howard County Office of Tourism & Promotion was recognized by the Maryland Tourism Council as Maryland’s 2009 Tourism Advocate of the Year for the “Tourism… I am IT!” marketing campaign.