Maryland announces $5 million grant in heritage tourism

Travel And Tour World | July 12, 2019

Maryland government Larry Hogans administration has announced a total of $5 million in grants to support tourism projects in the state. The governor announced the 109 matching grants on Thursday.This new tourism funds support tourism projects and activities that draw visitors to the states 13 certified heritage areas and expand economic development.The heritage tourism organizations receiving the grants include museums, parks and educational organizations. All of Marylands counties and the city of Baltimore have at least part of a state-certified heritage area within their boundaries. It will give them an opportunity to make better infrastructure for tourism.

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The market for solo tourism products in Europe is booming. The number of singles is growing, as is the number of people that travel solo by choice. They increasingly tend to visit developing countries, seeking adventures, relaxation, solitude or connection. Self-development and unique experiences are important aspects of solo travel. Personal guided tours are especially popular.

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The market for solo tourism products in Europe is booming. The number of singles is growing, as is the number of people that travel solo by choice. They increasingly tend to visit developing countries, seeking adventures, relaxation, solitude or connection. Self-development and unique experiences are important aspects of solo travel. Personal guided tours are especially popular.

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