Record Year for Tourism in Garrett County
Last Updated on Sep 5, 2017 at 3:45pm | Tourism & Recreation
Fiscal 2017, which ended June 30, was a record year for tourism in the Deep Creek Lake area and Garrett County with a 6.1 percent increase in county accommodations sales, a 7.4 percent increase in heads on beds and a 3.6 percent increase in sales tax collections.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce attributes much of the increase to the chamber’s aggressive marketing plan with concentrated efforts and new ad strategies.
According to the Maryland Office of Tourism, Garrett County’s increases have even outpaced Maryland’s tourism growth. For fiscal 2017, Maryland grew sales tax revenues specific to tourism 4.1 percent, while Garrett County’s grew 6.8 percent. Maryland grew lodging sales tax code collections 6 percent and restaurant sales tax code collections 3 percent while Garrett County grew lodging sales tax collections 8.7 percent and restaurant sales tax code collections 5.6 percent.
Garrett County experienced similar increases in fiscal 2016.
“Tourism is an economic engine for Garrett County and we are pleased to see that this engine continues to churn out additional revenues and business for our community,” said Nicole Christian, chamber president and CEO. “The chamber, as the destination marketing organization for the county, has confidence in our marketing strategies, and these stats validate that our efforts are effective and yielding strong results for our community.”