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Mission Statement

Our Mission

Visit Baltimore is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit that generates economic benefits for the region by marketing Baltimore as an enriching destination for leisure visitors and an ideal location for meetings and conventions. We also advocate for the local tourism community and work collaboratively with them to provide positive experiences for all guests. We also work to develop the next generation of hospitality leaders through the Visit Baltimore Education and Training Foundation.

What We Do

Visit Baltimore is the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Baltimore. In this role, we:

  • Inspire people to visit our great destination and to experience the products and services offered by our stakeholders.
  • Generate economic benefits for the greater Baltimore region through the power of collaboration and partnership.
  • Serve as the liaison between partners, customer and stakeholders.
  • Provide stakeholders with the necessary tools and information to make their products and services competitive in the marketplace.
  • Approach all of our work through the lens of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

Who We Serve

  • Members of the tourism industry such as hotels, restaurants and attractions.
  • Customers such as meeting planners, tour operators, individual tourists and media.
  • Stakeholders including government, citizens and partner organizations. Partner organizations represented include lodging, dining, arts, attractions, shopping, transportation, associations and government agencies.

Visit Baltimore Leadership Team

Al Hutchinson

President & CEO

Craig D. Vay

Chief Financial Officer

Trish McClean

Chief Marketing Officer

Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board

Charles G. "Chuck" Tildon, III
Board Chair
VP External Affairs
University of Maryland Medical System
Margot Amelia
Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer
National Aquarium
Rob Arthur
General Manager
The Ivy Hotel
Greg Bader
Senior VP, Administration & Experience
Baltimore Orioles
Michael Barrett
Regional Vice President
Sodexo Live!
Firkremariam Boghossian, PhD
Dean, Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management
Morgan State University
Greg Brown
General Manager
Hilton Baltimore
Richard Bryant
General Manager
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
Randall Conroy
Senior VP & General Manger
Horseshoe Casino
Phil Costa
Deputy Director
Baltimore Convention Center
Janet Currie
President
Bank of America Greater Maryland
Terry Donahue
General Manager
Marriott Waterfront Hotel
Jerry Edwards
General Manager and Executive Chef
Chef's Expression at the Manor
Vanessa A. Finney
President
Quercus Management
Executive Vice President
Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show
Tony Foreman
Owner
Foreman Wolf
Kirby Fowler
President & CEO
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Terri L. Freeman
Executive Director
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Michael Frenz
Executive Director
Maryland Stadium Authority
John Frisch
Principal and Executive Leadership Coach
Shawan Leadership, LLC
Mike Gill
Secretary
Maryland Department of Commerce
Senator Antonio Hayes
40th District
Baltimore City
J. Howard Henderson
Principal
Henderson Advisory Group LLC
Al Hutchinson
President & CEO
Visit Baltimore
Ted Jabara
Managing Director
Harbor Magic Hotels
Pier 5 Hotel – Admiral Fell Inn
Inn at Henderson’s Wharf
Donte Johnson
General Manager
Hotel Revival
Douglas Klein
General Manager
Sheraton Inner Harbor
Tracey Pool
General Manager
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Frank Remesch
General Manager
Baltimore Arena
Eric Reyes
General Manager
Hotel Indigo
Onahlea Shimunek
General Manager
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Alex Smith
Owner
Atlas Restaurant Group
Ricky Smith
Executive Director/CEO
Maryland Department of Transportation
Marcus Stephens
EVP of Brand Marketing
Sagamore Spirit
Shelonda Stokes
President
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Colin Tarbert
President & CEO
Baltimore Development Corporation
Juan Webster
General Manager
Montage International - Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
Alicia Wilson, ESQ
Vice President of Economic Development
Johns Hopkins University & Johns Hopkins Health System

Ex Officio Members

Barry Glassman
Harford County Executive
Johnny Olszewski, Jr.
Baltimore County Executive
Steuart Pittman, Jr.
Anne Arundel County Executive
Stephen Wantz
Carroll County Commissioner

Counsel

Steve Bers
Whiteford, Taylor & Preston
Elena DiPietro
Chief Solicitor, General Counsel
Baltimore City Law Department

Board of Directors Meeting Dates

Meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board:

November 16, 2022

Unless otherwise noted, all board meetings are on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you need additional information, please contact Deborah Ivory, Board Administrator, at [email protected].

Board meetings may occasionally be closed if and as permitted in accordance with the Maryland Open Meetings Act.

Our Impact

At Visit Baltimore, we know that when people explore our neighborhoods, eat at an outstanding restaurant, stay at a world-class hotel, or get a taste of our booming arts scene, they see our city in a new light. This enthusiasm for Baltimore translates into small business sales, tax revenue, job creation, positive media attention and even a strong real estate market.

Here are just a few examples of the impact travel and tourism has had on Baltimore recently:

  • In 2021, domestic travel to Baltimore increased by 13.3%, bringing in 24.3 million people for overnight and day trips.
  • Visitors brought in a total of $2.7 billion to Baltimore’s economy in 2021.
  • Events at the Baltimore Convention Center brought in an estimated total of $90 million in economic impact in 2021.
  • Through the work of the Visit Baltimore Education and Training Foundation, our industry is training the next generation of hospitality workers. Since 2015, our nonprofit 501c (3) foundation has awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships to support higher education and professional development.

For examples of the positive press Visit Baltimore has earned, please visit our Baltimore Spotlight page.

Annual Reports

To learn more about our impact, view the latest addition of our annual report below, or click here.

Visit Baltimore Merch

Show off your Baltimore pride in style with t-shirts, hats and hoodies featuring the Visit Baltimore logo. Plus get your hands on our one-of-a-kind posters.