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CVB Announces Travel and Tourism Week May 9-17

CVB Announces Travel and Tourism Week May 9-17

National Travel and Tourism Week runs May 9-17 across the nation. The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) calls the 26th annual event: "Travel Matters." Hagerstown and Washington County is celebrating, as well.
In March, USTA initiated its "Meetings Mean Business" campaign - an effort to show how business travel creates a positive economic impact on communities throughout the U.S.
More than 140,000 Marylanders work in the tourism industry. According to a recent economic-impact report, visitor spending totaled $13.6 billion in 2007, which generated $1.7 billion in state and local taxes.
Maryland continues to outperform the national hotel industry. In February of this year, according to Smith Travel Research data, room demand in Maryland grew 2.9 percent while the national average declined 7.2 percent. State revenue from hotels, during the 2008 fiscal year, is reported to have exceeded $110 million. This 16-percent increase is a 27-percent higher growth rate than all other industry categories for sales and use taxes.
In Washington County, for the first quarter of 2009, Smith Travel Research reports that hotel occupancy and revenue has increased, compared to the same time in 2008.
Over 6,000 people work in the Tourism Industry in Washington County, (Leisure and Hospitality classification) according to the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. In March of 2009, the State of Maryland reported that nearly 2-million visitors spent $278-million in Washington County during 2007 (latest annual statistics available). The total tourism taxes generated by the industry was more than $73,500,000 (federal tax, state sales tax, lodging tax, and admissions and amusement tax). This was an increase over the previous year.
Travel and Tourism Week in Washington County concludes with the Annual National Pike Festival and Wagon Train, sponsored by the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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