GBC-supported tax credits gain passage in 2010 Assembly session

In a 2010 General Assembly session punctuated by more fiscal shuffling to close yet another budget deficit, lawmakers managed to pass a number of bills, including several key tax credits, that could favorably impact the state’s business competitiveness. GBC-supported measures that passed the General Assembly included bills to continue...

Byron: Tourism’s economic impact increases in Maryland

Maryland’s 28 million visitors in 2005 generated $10.7 billion for the state’s economy – an increase of $600 million from 2004, according to Hannah Lee Byron, assistant secretary of Maryland’s Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts. More than 5,000 new jobs were generated for the tourism industry, which now employs 115,390 people, Byron told Greater Baltimore Committee members at a Hospitality/Tourism Industry meeting on June 20. Despite tourism’s major … Continue reading

BACVA’s Noonan pledges “glass house” approach to growing Baltimore�s convention business

The Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association (BACVA) will pursue a teamwork-driven, outcome-oriented, “glass house” approach to building the city’s convention business, the organization’s new President and CEO Thomas J. Noonan has pledged to Greater Baltimore Committee members. “We’re going to live in a glass house,” Noonan told the GBC’s Hospitality and Tourism Committee during its March 21 meeting. BACVA will use “third party consultation” with experts to determine the … Continue reading

Baltimore’s double-decker tourist bus launches 2006 service

Baltimore’s open-top, double-decker bus service will launch its 2006 operations on April 8, providing tourists with transportation to key attractions in the city and marketing those attractions to visitors. Running every day, the modified double-decker buses, previously used for mass transit in the United Kingdom, will serve Baltimore visitors with the tops modified to create open-air upper decks. The buses will also feature tour guides to inform passengers about Baltimore’s … Continue reading

GBC voices support for city-owned convention hotel

The Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) supports Baltimore City’s proposal for a publicly owned and financed convention center headquarters hotel. The importance and strength of the regional tourism and hospitality market and the demonstrated need for a headquarters hotel coupled with minimal financial risk to the City of Baltimore drive the GBC’s support for the project. Hospitality and tourism and the convention industry are vital components of the region’s economy. According … Continue reading