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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

Kireem Swinton

Vice President of Sales & Customer Experience

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
Secretary Kevin Anderson
Secretary of Commerce
Maryland Department of Commerce
Rob Arthur
General Manager
The Ivy Hotel
Greg Bader
Senior VP, Administration & Experience
Baltimore Orioles
Rob Boidock
Senior Vice President of Operations
MAG Partners
P. David Bramble
Managing Partner/Co Founder
MCB Real Estate, LLC
Greg Brown
General Manager
Hilton Baltimore
Richard Bryant
General Manager
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
Mac Campbell
Executive Director
Baltimore Convention Center
Randall Conroy
Senior VP & General Manger
Horseshoe Casino
Janet Currie
President
Bank of America Greater Maryland
Lynnette Dodson
Owner/Operator
Cuples Tea House
Terry Donahue
General Manager
Marriott Waterfront Hotel
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
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
Mohannad “Mo” Jishi
Executive Vice President Dir, Enterprise Transformation
M&T Bank
Douglas Klein
General Manager
Sheraton Inner Harbor
Asma Naeem
Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director
Baltimore Museum of Art
Thomas Penny
President
Donohoe Hospitality Services
Tracey Pool
General Manager
Hyatt Regency Baltimore
Frank Remesch
General Manager
CFG Bank Arena
Eric Reyes
General Manager
Hotel Indigo
Onahlea Shimunek
General Manager
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
Alex Smith
Owner
Atlas Restaurant Group
Ricky Smith
Executive Director/CEO
Maryland Department of Transportation
Shelonda Stokes
President
Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
Colin Tarbert
President & CEO
Baltimore Development Corporation
Juan Webster
General Manager
Montage International - Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
Justin A. WIlliams
Deputy Mayor for Community & Economic Development
Office of the Mayor

Ex Officio

Johnny Olszewski, Jr.
County Executive
Baltimore County
Steuart Pittman, Jr.
County Executive
Anne Arundel County

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:

  • March 27, 2024
  • June 12, 2024
  • September 11, 2024
  • November 13, 2024

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. 

  • In 2022, more than 26 million people visited Baltimore for overnight and day trips, increasing from 2021 by 10%. 79% of overnight travelers are repeat visitors.
  • Domestic travel to Baltimore increased by 39% in 2022, bringing in $3.7 billion to Baltimore’s economy, according to data released by Longwoods International.
  • In 2022, 51 events at the BCC brought in an estimated total of $136.6 million in economic impact.
  • Visit Baltimore has consistently generated local taxes that exceed its annual budget. Working with Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company, we have been able to quantify our return on investment. For the total budget spent by Visit Baltimore in 2019, the city received $23 in direct impact, or $23 dollars for every single dollar spent.

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.