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Visit Baltimore expects 'banner year' for 2014 tourism

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Tom Noonan is hardly subtle in summing up his expectations for tourism next year in Baltimore.


“2014: A banner year for Baltimore,” said Noonan, CEO of Visit Baltimore, the city’s tourism group.

Visit Baltimore also released its annual report Wednesday, detailing how it was faring in terms of selling rooms and meeting space.


Among the details:


• Visit Baltimore ended fiscal year 2013 with 477,764 convention room nights booked for future years, representing a future economic impact of more than $270 million. The fiscal year 2013 numbers mark the third-highest number of convention room nights booked in a single year, behind the all-time record of 522,541 in fiscal year 2009 and 495,896 in fiscal year 2010.


• An estimated 8.3 percent of visitor spending in Baltimore was generated by international visitors, up significantly from 5.4 percent last year.


• Total leisure travel jumped to 9.6 million visits from 2011’s figure of 8.7 million. Trips that combined business and leisure remained stable at 800,000 visits.

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