The Maryland Office of Tourism announced that the state’s tourism has been increasing significantly. In 2014 the state of Maryland has had a six percent increase in tourism employee payroll as well as visitor spending. The Tourism Satellite Account, an Oxford Economics company, noted that close to $16.5 billion was collected in visitor spending as well as $2.2 billion in State and local taxes.
Secretary of Commerce, Mike Gill, stated, “Tourism continues to be a powerful economic engine for Maryland…. More than 140,000 Marylanders were directly employed in the tourism industry in 2014, making it the 10th largest private sector employer in the state. These jobs supported a payroll of $5.4 billion….”.
A majority of the visitors spending occurs in areas such as transportation, food and beverage, and lodging. Liz Fitzsimmons, executive director of the Office of Tourism Development, said, “The Star-Spangled Spectacular, the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships, a sunny summer in Ocean City, and 200 inches of snow in Western Maryland helped make 2014 a banner year for tourism in Maryland.”