Report: Maryland tourism rises more than 3 percent for 4 consecutive years


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BALTIMORE — A new report says tourism in Maryland rose by 3.2 percent in 2013.

The Maryland Office of Tourism Development released its annual tourism report Tuesday. The report attempts to measure the effectiveness of the state's tourism efforts, and the impact travel and tourism have on the state's economy.

Margot Amelia, the agency's executive director, says "tourism has been and continues to be a powerful economic engine for Maryland."

The agency says tourists and travelers spent $15.4 billion on travel expenses in Maryland in 2013. That includes local transportation, food and beverage, lodging, retail and entertainment.

The agency says visitor spending has grown by more than 3 percent for four consecutive years and has grown by more than 21 percent since the recession.

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