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Baltimore Visitor Center Celebrates Milestone

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s one of the first places they stop when tourists come to Charm City. Now the Visitor Center celebrates a milestone. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary, Visit Baltimore is unveiling a new plan to keep the visitors coming.

Jessica Kartalija has more.

Summer in the city means big business for Baltimore.

“I love Baltimore. Baltimore is a really cool city,” said one.

Some 23 million visitors check out Charm City every year–a number that has doubled since the Baltimore Visitor Center opened in 2004.

“It’s been a great anchor institution on the harbor, not only for our tourists but even as a great asset for our residents as well,” said Visit Baltimore CEO Tom Noonan.

Visit Baltimore is the team behind the launch of a 10-minute video highlighting Baltimore’s greatest attractions. The images are projected into 3-D blocks.

“I think it makes you very proud to live in Baltimore or to visit Baltimore. It’s really a great backdrop for our city,” Noonan said.

Visit Baltimore hopes the video and other interactive displays will educate visitors about all that Charm City has to offer while enticing curious tourists to visit.

“You enjoy coming out here and the smell of it; you feel like it’s summertime and just having a great time,” said one.

“This is such a great place, the Inner Harbor. I’ve always liked it,” said another.

This celebration falls right in the middle of National Tourism Week.

Visitor Center sales are up and hotel sales are up nearly eight percent for the first six months of the year.

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