Key Speaker

The Honorable David Trone

U.S. Representative (MD-06)

Key Topics

  • The economic impact of COVID-19
  • Need for additional economic relief
  • Value and challenges of various federal COVID relief programs
  • Paycheck Protection Program
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  • Community Development Block Grant Program

Discussion Summary

The Maryland Tourism Coalition, Maryland Office of Tourism Development, Visit Deep Creek/Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, High Mountain Sports and other members of the local community held a virtual roundtable with Rep. David Trone (D-MD), noting their desire to expand and extend COVID relief programs–including the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, the Coronavirus Relief Fund, and the Community Development Block Grant Program. In 2020, visitor spending in Maryland was $11.6 billion, representing a 37.6% decline from the previous year. COVID-19 eliminated a decade of visitor spending growth, led to the loss of more than 45,600 jobs, and reduced travel-related state and local tax revenue by 31.3%. With Maryland travel affected by both Baltimore and Washington D.C. destinations, Maryland visitation fell more sharply than the overall U.S., dropping over 40% to 24.7 million visitors in 2020, a decline of 17.4 million people. To help support travel and tourism-related businesses and attractions during the pandemic, Maryland’s Office of Tourism Development introduced a Deals & Discounts program, which provided a platform for businesses to advertise and promote discount offerings to attract commerce. However, the group advocated for additional relief measures.


  • Nicole Christian, Visit Deep Creek/Garrett County Chamber
  • Liz Fitzsimmons, Maryland Office of Tourism Development
  • John Fieseler, Visit Frederick
  • Treon Glenn, U.S. Travel Association
  • Steve Green, High Mountain Sports (Oakland, MD)
  • Dan Spedden, Visit Hagerstown & Washington County
  • Ruth Toomey, Maryland Tourism Coalition
  • Ashli Workman, Allegany County Economic Development

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