Tourism, Entertainment and Culture Committee

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Chair: John Racanelli, President & CEO, The National Aquarium

Staff: Teresa Milio Birge, 410-727-2820

Description: The Tourism, Entertainment and Culture Committee is made up of leadership and management of GBC members in and/or doing business with the hospitality and entertainment industries, as well as cultural institutions, in the Greater Baltimore Region. The committee works to identify and address key issues facing the hospitality, entertainment and tourism industries by supporting or implementing projects and policies that would be beneficial to the companies, organizations and institutions that often present Baltimore’s image to the outside world.

Membership: Membership in this committee is by invitation only.


2019 Tourism, Entertainment and Culture Committee news:

The GBC Tourism, Entertainment and Culture Committee convened on September 12, 2019. Committee Chair John Racanelli, President and CEO of the National Aquarium, introduced Tom Riford, the new Assistant Secretary of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts at the Maryland Department of Commerce. Riford shared information about the Department’s efforts to promote these industries throughout the state.

Mia Blom, Public Affairs Manager for Visit Baltimore, updated committee members on the status of the Baltimore Tourism Improvement District (TID). The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation in 2019 authorizing the City of Baltimore to establish through ordinance a TID. With the recent vote by district hotels to approve a special assessment for the TID, the TID is on track to begin collecting assessments by the end of 2019.