The Baltimore Visitor Center is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, and since opening, annual tourism numbers for the city nearly doubled.
According to a release from Visit Baltimore, 12 million people visited Baltimore in 2004, the year the visitor center opened. In 2012, the most recent year on record, 23.2 million people visited the city.
That also happened to be a year when Baltimore hosted the Grand Prix for the second time, and the Star-Spangled Sailibration, which brought 1.54 million visitors to the city and record attendance to the visitor center during the week-long festival.
About 3.4 million people have visited the Baltimore Visitor Center since it opened.
Visit Baltimore is celebrating the anniversary with the introduction of a new 10-minute video at the visitor center called “The Baltimore Experience.”
“The Baltimore Experience video provides us with a dynamic new way to sell the city,” said Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore, in a statement. “We can now bring the city to life for visitors in a unique new way, previewing a sampling of the many opportunities available for discovery and exploration.”