The Washington County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 4 to 12 as Washington County Tourism Week after a presentation of the annual report by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In Washington County, 6,700 people work in tourism jobs, visitors last year spent $300 million locally and lodging occupancy was up by more than 11 percent.
Washington County led the state in tourism industry increases in 2012.
From May 4 to 12, tourism industry professionals all over Maryland rallied in support of the benefits of travel as part of the 30th annual National Travel and Tourism Week. Businesses, attractions and employees — many dressed in red — representing major sectors of the tourism and travel industry in the state hosted organized activities as a show of support for the jobs and economic impact created by visitors to Maryland.
In Washington County, the week got under way with the 10th annual Museum Ramble and continued with various events, including Green Fest in Boonsboro, a ribbon cutting at three new museum facilities at Washington Monument State Park and Gathland State Park, and the annual Bonanza Extravaganza.
Travel and tourism is a $14.3 industry for Maryland, providing 130,000 jobs and generating $2 billion in state and local tax revenue. Travel employs a broad and diverse workforce, from airline and hotel employees to restaurant, attraction and retail workers. Travel further supports employees in other industry sectors, such as construction, manufacturing and finance.