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Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit

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The Hotel at the University of Maryland

7777 Baltimore Avenue

College Park, MD 20740

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Maryland's premiere tourism event attracts 250-300 tourism and hospitality industry leaders from throughout the State of Maryland to learn the latest techniques in marketing, sales, public relations, social media, grassroots advocacy, and to hear about the economic outlook for the industry / the country. The Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit is the year’s best opportunity to meet and to share with industry peers during the general sessions, award luncheons, networking breaks, receptions, mobile workshops and MTC’s annual awards gala celebrating the achievements of our tourism professionals.

Formally, guests of the Summit have the opportunity to be recognized in front of their peers and win professional and marketing awards for their organizations’ successes or their personal achievements. Informally, the Summit also has wonderful raffle prize opportunities for Summit participants to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences, VIP tickets, posh getaways, great golf outings, and feasts for foodies.

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MTTS Program as of 10.24.17 (Subject to change)

Wednesday, November 8

9:30 to 11:30 am

Learning Labs - pre-registration is required.

  • MTC/MTTS Newbie Orientation
  • Partnering with Meredith Publishing

MTDB Meeting

11:00 to 12:30 pm


12:30 to 1:30 pm

Welcome & Summit Kick Off

MD Office of Tourism Awards Luncheon

1:45 to 3:00 pm

Kickoff General Session: State of State Tourism

Liz Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the Division of Tourism Film, and the Arts (TFA)

3:00 to 3:30 pm

Networking Break with Sponsors

3:30 tp 4:30 pm

State of US Travel & Tourism:

Jena McNeil, Vice President of Public Affairs, US Travel

4:45 pm

Shuttles to the Welcome Reception begin

5:00 to 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception at College Park Aviation Museum. Shuttles will be provided.

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Open Evening. Dine-Around options.

Thursday, November 9

8:00 to 5:00 pm

Registration open

8:00 to 8:45 am

Networking Breakfast with Sponsors

8:45 to 9:45 am

Sales & Leadership General Session

10:00 to 11:30 am

Digital Marketing 2.0 Break-Out sessions. Attendees get 2 digital marketing sessions.

11:30 am to Noon

Networking Break with Sponsors

Noon to 1:15 pm

Buffet Lunch begins for MTC Annual Meeting

1:15 to 2:15 pm

Tourism Town Hall

Legislative Leadership Panel

2:30 /3:00 to 5:00 pm. Transportation provided

Three Off-site Educational Tours. (See description of tours at the end of Program Schedule)

    • Hyattsville Arts & Entertainment Tour
    • Tour of Historic City of Greenbelt
    • University of Maryland College Park Campus tour

5:00 to 6:30 pm

Afternoon Break

6:30 to 7:30 pm

Awards Attendee Banquet Reception with Sponsors

7:30 to 9:45 pm

Maryland Tourism Coalition Awards Banquet

After Awards

Meredith Celebrates Maryland After Party

Friday, November 10

8:00 to 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast with Sponsors

9:00 to 10:00 am

General Session: How Cultural Competence Helps Your Bottom Line

Apoorva N. Gandhi, Vice President for Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International

10:00 to 11:00 am

Sales & Leadership Wrap Up

11:00 am

Pete’s Pictures & Closing Remarks

In-depth description of Off Site Educational Tours. You will make your selection during your registration process.

Hyattsville Arts & Entertainment Tour – This tour is packed with quick visits to multiple cultural centers and three of its iconic restaurants:

Joe’s Movement Emporium- Established in 1995, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity. Based in Mount Rainier, in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually. Joe’s has five arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means.

Brentwood Arts Exchange- The Brentwood Arts Exchange is The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s component of the public-private partnership Gateway Arts Center, serving as an anchor for the arts-based community development of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District. The Brentwood Arts Exchange supports artists and develops community by welcoming all audiences to diverse, high-quality visual art exhibitions, concerts, a craft store featuring work by local artisans, and affordable arts classes for all ages.

Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center - Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC) was founded in 1981 by noted artist and teacher Helen C. Frederick to provide a setting for artistic collaboration and dialogue. It is located in the historic Arcade building in the Hyattsville Gateway Arts District. The facility features a papermaking studio, print shop, letterpress studio, bindery, a darkroom, and a wood shop.

Vigilante Coffee - The mission is to source the best coffees in the world. They use the money they purchase their coffees with, to make a bigger impact where it is grown. Hyattsville, MD is the home to our first cafe and roastery. Pioneers of specialty coffee in Washington D.C. since 2012.

Tour of Historic City of Greenbelt – Walking tour one of only three “greentowns” built during the Great Depression under orders from President Franklin D. Roosevelt – now a designated National Historic Landmark since 1997.

Greenbelt Museum - Greenbelt is a planned community that was designed and built by the federal government during the Great Depression. Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the project put many unemployed people to work building the original town, while also creating homes for families of modest income during a severe housing shortage. Greenbelt’s team of prominent planners and architects attempted to create a small utopia using the principles of garden-city planning. Greenbelt is one of three Federal “greentowns” (the others are Greendale, WI, and Greenhills, OH). The Greenbelt Museum includes an original international-style house near the town’s center that is restored and furnished with objects from the period of 1936-1946. The walls are hung with original architectural renderings and artwork created by New Deal artists and architects.

Old Greenbelt Theatre - The Old Greenbelt Theatre is a single screen movie theatre located in the heart of Greenbelt, Maryland, showing contemporary films in addition to offering a schedule of diverse and community based film programming. Completed in 1938, the Old Greenbelt Theatre is an iconic building in Greenbelt. The Theatre is a prominent reminder of a bygone era of cinema, as well as a living institution whose values of community service and collective responsibility continue to be pertinent and valuable.

University of Maryland College Park Campus tour – As one of the country’s largest universities, College Park is University of Maryland’s flagship campus. With 38,000 students and 9,000 faculty and staff at College Park, the campus is a bustling city in itself featuring state-of-the-art academic buildings, a renowned culture arts center and Cole Field House. Tour includes:

Tour Kick Off at the UMD Visitor Center - Each year the University of Maryland welcomes more than 40,000 visitors at our Visitor Center, located in Turner Hall. A great place to begin any campus visit, our friendly and informed staff is available to give you a warm Terrapin welcome. Visit our exhibits on University of Maryland history when you arrive. Take a stroll through the lobby to see photos of our famous alumni and our academic accomplishments. Or, spend some time reflecting on our Maryland Moments wall in the auditorium to see a history that spans over 150 years. And, our Fear the Turtle sculpture, The Freshman, holds a special surprise for our young visitors.

Tour of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center – “The Clarice” is the largest single building ever constructed by the State of Maryland. The 318,000-square-foot performing arts center, designed by Moore Ruble Yudell, is located on 17 acres. A state of the art performing arts "village," comprised of 10 interconnected structures, the Center celebrated its official dedication on September 29, 2001. The center is named for a well-known Virginia artist and collector, Clarice Smith, who attended the university before continuing her art studies at the Corcoran School in Washington and at George Washington University, where she taught watercolor and portrait painting to advanced degree candidates. Smith has had numerous solo exhibitions in galleries in the United States and abroad. Together with her husband, real estate developer Robert Smith, the Smiths have become the largest private donors ever to a public university in the State of Maryland. As part of a major public research university, The Clarice is committed to collaboration and the creation and support of new work that further advances our knowledge and understanding, working in its creative radius.

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College Park, MD 20740

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