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Voluntourism in Action

Visit Baltimore’s team, partners and clients regularly go above and beyond to make a difference in Baltimore. We are proud to shine a light on how our meetings and tourism industry cares.


Meeting Group Digs in for a Healthy Harbor Project

The American Society for Agronomy / Crop Soil Society of America conference met in Baltimore November 4-7, 2018. Not only did the group leave an estimated $2.8 million economic impact in our city, but also, the leadership team put their mission to feed and sustain the world into action. Thanks to a connection from Visit Baltimore’s services team, about 20 members of the ASA / CSSA Board volunteering with the Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor program including tree planting in Patterson Park. Ellen Bergfled, ASA’s CEO, noted that while the entire Baltimore experience was great, this activity was educational and a great way to meet those who live in the neighborhoods of their host city.

 

STYA Sends Baltimore’s THREAD Students to Birmingham, AL

The Student Youth Travel Association brought their 2018 Annual Conference to Baltimore in August. This event was a tremendous opportunity to shine a light on Baltimore’s strengths as a student-friendly travel destination. It was also an opportunity to ensure several students from our own community had the eye-opening opportunity to travel. Because while student and youth travel is a big, $30 billion global business, at the end of the day – it is the lasting impression of a trip on a young person that really matters.

Visit Baltimore’s support and introductions helped the SYTA Foundation enroll Baltimore’s Thread organization into its Silver Lining Program and organize an educational trip to Birmingham, Alabama, focused on the Civil Rights Trail of Tears. At 4:00AM on October 18, 13 students, 6 volunteers and 2 Thread staff members took off from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport for a three-day itinerary. As the staff shared upon takeoff, “As we're learning about change makers who have shaped American history, we'll be talking about how this trip is connected to how we can build a greater impact at home in Baltimore.” Visit Baltimore and SYTA are excited to continue that conversation after the students return home. In addition to attendance at the 2019 SYTA Conference, students will connect with the Visit Baltimore and Visit Baltimore Foundation team to connect their experience to the industry of and future career pathways within the travel and tourism space.

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