With Tourism On The Rise, Businesses In Maryland Hope To Have A Better Summer – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Tourism took a huge hit last year because of the pandemic but now with the restrictions now easing, locals are hoping to have a better summer.

“When the pandemic hit, it did decimate the tourism industry,” said Tom Riford, Maryland Department of Commerce.

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Travel spending in Maryland dropped 42 percent last year resulting in the loss of thousands of tourism jobs. Businesses were nearly at a standstill for much of the industry for months.

“When the second surge hit again in November, things stopped again,” said a business owner.

However, a lot has now rebounded. Places like Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City are seeing an increase in demand.

“We are seeing individual packages have picked up,” said one business owner.

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