Tourism Growth Helps Boost Frederick County's Economy

“Top 40 Towns You Should Visit ASAP” (Women’s Day Magazine), “Top 10 Best Downtowns” (Livability), “World’s Best Cities for Craft Beer” (Matador Network) are just a few of the recent national accolades that are helping to drive Frederick County’s growing reputation as a tourism destination.


Tourism is an important industry in Frederick County. According to data supplied by the Tourism Council of Frederick County, more than 1.8 million visitors to Frederick County spent $391 million in the most recent year’s data, which equates to $1.07 million per day, on average. Tourism supports almost 6,600 jobs in Frederick County, including 4,100 directly covered by visitor spending….that’s almost $250 million in payroll for direct, indirect & induced jobs.


“The hip and historic visitor experience in Frederick County is truly unique and continues to be a driving force behind our economy. Our superior quality of life helps us demonstrate why Frederick County is the ideal place to do business,” said Director of Economic Development Helen Propheter. “We are pleased to have such a strong partnership with our tourism counterparts who help us sell Frederick County.”


Tourism is up across the state as well. According to a recent press release from the Maryland Office of Tourism, visitor spending in 2015 was up 3.5% over the previous year. The number of visitors also increased by 6% in 2015 and is now at 40.5 million visitors annually. Tourism is now the 10th largest source of private sector employer in the state.


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