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Tourism Rises 16.9% in Allegany County

January 12th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's tourism numbers showed continued growth in the past year- but the statewide numbers were dwarfed by those of Allegany County,  The state saw 36.1 million tourists in 2013, a 2.2 increase in visitation from the year prior that also brought a greater economic impact to the state, according to the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.  Overall tourism spending increased 3.2 percent to $15.4 billion in 2012, generating $2.1 billion in state and local taxes, according to an annual report from the Office of Tourism Development. Locally, the numbers were even more impressive according to Allegany County’s Director of Tourism Barb Buehl.  Overall tourism growth locally was up  16.9% and the number of visitors increased by nearly 12 percent. She tells WCBC News that figuring out the market and how best to market to those people has been the key to the spike in numbers. 





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