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Maryland Sees Steady Growth in Tourism

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Over 40 million people visited Maryland in 2017 and that number is expected to increase, especially along the Eastern Shore.

A new study from the Maryland Department of Tourism says the state raked in $17.7 billion last year. You can thank the hundreds of tourists who visited Cambridge on Friday, who helped add more than $2 billion to state and local taxes in 2017. All that money helped Marylanders save around $1,100 per household.

At Friday's Maryland Tourism Summit in Cambridge, Maryland's Tourism Department says the number of tourists has grown by two percent each year. Dorchester County Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker says that growing number now makes up at least a fifth of the county's workforce.

"It definitely drives the economy," Fenstermaker said. "With the opening of the Harriet Tubman Visitor's Center, Ironman race, and all the restaurants that we have in downtown Cambridge, we're really getting a reputation for being a wonderful destination. It's very exciting."

Tourism departments along the Eastern Shore also won $50,000 worth of marketing and promotional help from the state's tourism department on Friday.

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