visit baltimore

Nov 18, 2021

Tourism, conference turnout surpass Visit Baltimore’s FY21 goals

Tourism in Baltimore had a stronger-than-anticipated year, surpassing goals for hotel occupancy and conferences that Visit Baltimore, the city’s tourism bureau, set just a few months into the pandemic. While the statistics pale compared to the numbers reported prior to the pandemic, they nonetheless reflect an uptick in one of Baltimore’s vital economic activities. According […]

In this edition of “Off The Record,” Visit Baltimore’s president and CEO Al Hutchinson joins Sloane Brown to talk about how the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice movement has highlighted some long-standing inequities in Baltimore and the rest of the country. Hutchinson said today’s challenges are also helping to point out the path business leaders need to take, which he believes will lead to a better, brighter tomorrow.
Aug 19, 2021

Off the Record with Sloane Brown: Al Hutchinson, Visit Baltimore

Visit Baltimore’s president and CEO Al Hutchinson joins Sloane Brown to talk about the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social justice movement.

Oct 3, 2017

Baltimore tourism increased last year despite challenges

Baltimore welcomed more visitors who spent more money last year than the year before, Visit Baltimore President and CEO Al Hutchinson said at the tourism agency’s annual meeting Tuesday at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel. In 2016, the city welcomed 25.9 million visitors who spent $5.6 billion, according to Visit Baltimore’s annual report. In […]

Apr 2, 2017

Despite on-field successes, Orioles attendance continues to fall

With three playoff berths and the most wins in the American League, the Baltimore Orioles have been one of the most successful teams in baseball over the last five years. But their attendance has moved in the opposite direction and has declined since the team was swept in the 2014 American League Championship Series by […]

Dec 28, 2016

Conference relocates to Baltimore from Charlotte to protest HB2

In response to the North Carolina state legislature’s failure to repeal House Bill 2, a law that limits protections for LGBT people in the state, a professional organization for business historians is moving its 2018 annual meeting from Charlotte to Baltimore. “We have been discussing this issue with the H.B. 2 bill in Charlotte for […]

Oct 31, 2016

Hotel occupancy numbers promising for Baltimore tourism

With hotel occupancy up 4 percent in September over last year, officials are optimistic that the city’s tourism industry is improving. Baltimore’s tourism industry took a hit after the riots following Freddie Gray’s death in April 2015. Officials reported a 5 to 7 percent decrease in hotel occupancy, while attendance at museums, restaurants and other […]

Oct 10, 2016

Visit Baltimore names new president and CEO

The city’s tourism marketing arm, Visit Baltimore, has named Al Hutchinson its new president & CEO. Hutchinson was most recently president & CEO of Visit Mobile. The city saw record visitor attendance, launched a new brand campaign and increased the city’s hotel occupancy rate under his leadership, Visit Baltimore said. Hutchinson will assume the position […]

Apr 20, 2016

Noonan leaving Visit Baltimore, taking job in Austin

Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore, the city’s tourism marketing arm, has resigned to take a position as president and CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, effective May 6, Visit Baltimore announced Wednesday. The move will mark Noonan’s return to his professional roots in Texas, where he spent 18 years with […]

Mar 18, 2016

Light City festival: High risk, with potential for high reward

When Brooke Hall and Justin Allen came up with the idea for Light City, they were looking for a way to showcase Baltimore’s creative talent and innovative spirit. But after the year the city’s had, the local business and tourism community is hoping the event will also change the conversation about Baltimore. Hall and Allen, […]

Dec 18, 2015

Visit Baltimore: Tourism won’t be affected by police trials

Even though the trials for the six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have led to an increased police presence around Baltimore, officials don’t expect the trials to hurt the city’s tourism industry. “Since the trials are currently scheduled during our non-peak tourism season, and the response has been peaceful in nature, we […]

Nov 16, 2015

Tourism officials: Baltimore’s perception better nationally

While Baltimore’s image has improved nationally, the city’s perception within the immediate metro area has yet to rise to pre-Freddie Gray levels, tourism officials said Monday. The National Aquarium, for example, has seen a 7 percent decrease in attendance since the protests and riots erupted in across the city in April following the death of […]

Oct 12, 2015

Visit Baltimore wants businesses to keep events local

In an attempt to save Baltimore’s tourism and hospitality industry and the tens of thousands of people it employs, Visit Baltimore is making a request to residents and businesses: Stay local. The city’s official sales and marketing arm announced Monday that it’s re-launching its “Meet Local” campaign to encourage area residents and businesses to hold […]

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