Posted on August 26, 2015
Visit Baltimore, in partnership with the Maryland Office of Tourism, hosted six tour operators from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia last week. They were invited to attend Visit Baltimore's first ever Experiential FAM tour, which highlighted some of our members' new hands-on and behind-the-scenes group offerings.
The goal of the FAM tour was to allow our experiential partners to showcase their new, group-friendly experiences launched earlier this year. They include learning about and tasting Neapolitan pizza at Verde, visiting the Edgar Allan Poe House and archives at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and much more.
After a kick-off lunch at Hard Rock Café, the group had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Masie at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, where they learned about life in Maryland during the Jim Crow era. They journeyed behind the scenes at the National Aquarium to learn how the aquarium's "residents" are cared for, and raised the 30x40-foot Star Spangled Banner flag at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. They took in Francis Scott Key's original "Defence of Fort McHenry" document at the Maryland Historical Society, and experienced the "Journey from Roads to Rails" tour at the B&O Railroad Museum, learning about the birth of American railroading. The FAM concluded with a private, pre-dinner reception at the brand new Penguin Coast exhibit at the Maryland Zoo – with some special animal guests! Later, we made sure they had their fill of delicious Maryland seafood with dinner at Phillips Seafood Restaurant in the Inner Harbor. Hotel Indigo Mount Vernon and the Holiday Inn Inner Harbor offered complimentary accommodations, breakfast and parking for the guests.
As a result of their visit, the operators found easy ways to incorporate these unique experiences into their future itineraries. A big thank you to all who made this FAM tour so successful!