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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 engaging cultural destination for visitors, an ideal destination for meetings and conventions, and as an advocate for the local tourism community. 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 members, customer and stakeholders.
  • Provide stakeholders with the necessary tools and information to make their products and services competitive in the marketplace.

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 member organizations. Member organizations represented include lodging, dining, arts, attractions, shopping, transportation, associations and government agencies.

Visit Baltimore Leadership Team

Al Hutchinson

President & CEO

Charles H. Jeffers II

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah Schaffer

Chief Marketing Officer

Craig D. Vay

VP of Finance & Administration

Bon Whiting

VP of Membership
& Development

Dustin Arnheim

VP of Convention Sales & Services

Directors of the 2019-2020 Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board

 

John Frisch

Principal and Executive Leadership Coach
Shawan Leadership, LLC

Margot Amelia

Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, National Aquarium

Jerry Edwards

President and Corporate Chef, Chef’s Expression

Shawn King

Director of Design – OUR HOUSE, Under Armour

Rob Arthur

General Manager, The Ivy Hotel

Vanessa A. Finney

President, Quercus Management
Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

Chris Madoo

General Manager, Renaissance Harborplace Hotel

Greg Bader

Senior VP, Administration & Experience, Baltimore Orioles

Tony Foreman

Owner, Foreman Wolf

Donna Marquez

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Baltimore

Michael Barrett

Regional Vice President, Centerplate

Kirby Fowler

President & CEO
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Dr. Redonda Miller

President, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

Firkremariam Boghossian

Dean, Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management, Morgan State University

Michael Frenz

Executive Director, Maryland Stadium Authority

Eleni Monios

Group VP & Mid-Atlantic Market Manager, M&T Bank

Greg Brown

General Manager, Hilton Baltimore

Donald Fry

President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee

Frank Remesch

General Manager, Royal Farms Arena

Randall Conroy

Senior VP & General Manger, Horseshoe Casino

Bob Haislip

General Manager, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore

Onahlea Shimunek

General Manager, Lord Baltimore Hotel

Jason Curtis

General Manager, Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

Delegate Keith Haynes

44th District

Alex Smith

Owner, Atlas Restaurant Group

Peggy Daidakis

Executive Director, Baltimore Convention Center

J. Howard Henderson

Principal, Henderson Advisory Group LLC

Ricky Smith

Executive Director/CEO, Maryland Department of Transportation

Lester Davis

Chief of Communications and Government Relations, Officer of the Mayor

Al Hutchinson

President & CEO, Visit Baltimore

Marcus Stephens

EVP of Brand Marketing, Sagamore Spirit

Terry Donahue

General Manager, Marriott Waterfront Hotel

Ted Jabara

Managing Director,
Harbor Magic Hotels
Pier 5 Hotel – Admiral Fell Inn
Inn at Henderson’s Wharf

Colin Tarbet

President & CEO, Baltimore Development Corporation

Wanda Draper

Community Leader

Alison Jones

General Manager, Days Inn Inner Harbor

Chuck Tildon

VP External Affairs, University of Maryland Medical System

Juan Webster

General Manager, Montage International – Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

 

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

2020 Board of Directors Meeting Dates

2020 Meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board:

June 17
12-1:30 p.m.
Please check back for more information about location

November 18
12-1:30 p.m.
Please check back for more information about location

 

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings begin at 12 p.m. and if held in person will take place at the Visit Baltimore offices located at 400 East Pratt Street, 10th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Lunch will be served when in-person meetings are possible.

If you are interested in hosting one of the above meetings please contact Deborah W. Ivory at 410-659-8340 or [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 some of the recent examples of the impact we have had in recent years:

  • Jobs: In 2018, tourism sustained 86,414 jobs in the Baltimore region, both directly and indirectly
  • Small business sales: Tourism generated $10.7 billion in total business sales in 2018. More than half of all visitor spending (51%) goes to lodging, food and beverages.
  • Tax revenue: Baltimore’s tourism industry generated $734 million in State and City tax revenue in 2018 ($428 million in state revenue; $306 million in city revenue.)
  • Workforce development: 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.

If you’d like to see some of the 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.