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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2011
Hotel rooms booked for future years by convention or business groups declined nearly 8 percent in the past fiscal year, Baltimore's convention and tourism agency said Thursday. Visit Baltimore said 457,051 rooms were booked for business conferences between next year and 2020, down from the 495,896 hotel room nights booked in fiscal 2010 for future years. "It's still a fantastic year," said Tom Noonan, president and chief executive of Visit Baltimore, who announced the figure at the organization's annual business meeting.
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Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and women's basketball coach Brenda Frese were in Baltimore on Monday, having breakfast with boosters and talking about their teams' upcoming first season in the Big Ten. Frese will be back when her Terps play at Coppin State on Dec. 21, marking the seventh straight year and eighth time in the past nine seasons that Maryland's women play a team from the Baltimore area away from College Park....
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
Visit Baltimore announced increased sales Wednesday on the heels of news that Otakon, the largest convention held in the Inner Harbor in recent years, would relocate to D.C. in 2017. Visit Baltimore booked 477,764 room nights during fiscal year 2013 for future years, the third-highest total ever, the city's convention and visitors bureau said. It signed contracts for 35 "citywide" conventions, which have at least 1,200 attendees, during fiscal year 2013 according to the group's annual report and business plan.
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By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will visit Baltimore Wednesday night to announce $63 million in federal grants awarded to study school safety to reduce gun violence across the nation. Baltimore County Public Schools and the University of Maryland, Baltimore will receive nearly $2 million of that money to focus research on students with emotional and behavioral health issues, according to the National Institute of Justice. Holder will also announce the expansion of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to Baltimore; Long Beach, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; and Seattle.
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July 17, 2005
Visit some of Baltimore's community gardens July 30 in a tour sponsored by Greater Baltimore Master Gardeners. The bus tour begins at 8:45 a.m. at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. The cost is $15 per person. Checks payable to GBMG may be sent to John Foerster, GBMG office, 17 S. Gay St., Baltimore 21202. Call: 410-396-1888.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2010
During the budget year that ended June 30, Baltimore's tourism and convention agency booked 495,896 hotel room nights for future years, the second-highest figure in the group's 30-year history. The highest figure was about 522,000 room nights booked during fiscal 2009. Tom Noonan, president and chief executive of Visit Baltimore, the tourism agency, announced the figure at the organization's annual business meeting Tuesday. He said the number of future bookings during fiscal 2010 is twice the number of room nights booked five years ago, when Baltimore had fewer hotels.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
City convention officials booked the third-highest number of convention room nights ever over the past fiscal year, Visit Baltimore, the city's tourism and convention bureau, announced Thursday. The room nights are reserved for future years. Visit Baltimore booked 475,554 convention room nights in city hotels as far out as 2032 during the fiscal year that ended June 30. Two-thirds of those bookings will be for events held in 2016 or later. Though the number of bookings edged up just 4 percent over the previous year's figure — by 18,000 bookings — it represented the third-highest number of future reservations in a single year, behind 522,000 room nights reserved in fiscal 2009 and 495,000 in fiscal 2010.
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By Stephanie Citron | December 6, 2013
There isn't much that goes on in Baltimore that doesn't include Tom Noonan. The president and CEO of Visit Baltimore is responsible for promoting the region and all of its venues as a destination for conventions, meetings, leisure travelers, day-trippers, and even family reunions. But being Charm City-centric doesn't mean that Noonan doesn't ever get out of town - quite the opposite. As a leader in the tourism industry, he also works with national organizations that teach travel marketing, a role that takes him to destinations far from Baltimore.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 2, 2002
WASHINGTON -- President Bush is expected to visit Baltimore in the fall to speak at a fund-raiser for Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., the likely Republican nominee for governor, the 2nd District congressman said yesterday. After attending a bill signing at the White House, Ehrlich said that his staff is working out details with Bush aides and that the president probably will appear at a downtown event late next month or in October. White House officials would not confirm a Bush appearance, saying that the president's schedule is made public only a few days in advance.
NEWS
January 28, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI will not visit Baltimore for the rededication of the Basilica of the Assumption in November, but could make a stop here next year, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Baltimore said yesterday. Spokesman Sean T. Caine said that Pope Benedict's schedule will not allow him to visit for the rededication of the nation's first Roman Catholic cathedral. But with the pope considering a visit to the United States in 2007, Cardinal William H. Keeler has asked him to consider a stop in Baltimore, Caine said.
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By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
President Barack Obama laid out a sobering view of the international crises that have beset his administration this year - and tried to make the case for returning Democrats to the Senate majority - at a small gathering of political donors in Baltimore on Friday. Speaking at the home of a hedge fund manager who is among the country's foremost advocates for Israel, Obama said the Islamic State fighters who have taken over portions of Iraq and Syria have displayed "the kind of brutality that even by the standards of terrorists is extraordinary.
FEATURES
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab!  Oprah's in town. The billionaire media magnate, whose career took off after a stint as an anchor on WJZ in Baltimore, came back to the city Wednesday for a dinner of crabs and crab cakes in a private dining area of Captain James Landing in Canton, according to the restaurant's owner Bill Tserkis. Oprah posted a picture on Instagram with her partner, Stedman Graham, smiling and holding up crabs.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The local branch of the NAACP spoke prematurely last week when it announced that the organization's 2016 national convention would be held in Baltimore, a spokeswoman from the national headquarters said Thursday. A panel is still in the process of evaluating four cities, including Baltimore, as potential sites for the event, said Michelle Nealy of the association's national office, and will not make its recommendation to a committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's national board of directors until October.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
Kamel Mahadin visited Baltimore 30 years ago as a graduate student studying landscape architecture at Louisiana State University. He returned Wednesday as the head of an ambitious, multibillion-dollar effort to build out Jordan's lone waterfront city into a tourist hub and expanded port. "Thirty years ago, when I visited … this was a slum area," said Mahadin, chief commissioner of the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority. "Why Baltimore? It's a waterfront development. … We want to see success story.
FEATURES
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Ravens players Jacoby Jones and Justin Tucker and crowds of local children for a workout at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday - and it was broadcast on national television. The crowd was challenged to run up and down 10,000 of the stadium's steps, part of a yearlong campaign to promote health and fitness in Baltimore on NBC's "Today" show. The show's "Shine a Light" campaign, in which on-air personalities champion causes, chose Baltimore in part because of the city's high rates of diabetes, obesity and residents who smoke.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week begins on Sunday. Close to 100 Baltimore-area restaurants are offering menus at a fixed price of $30 or $20 for three-course dinners, and $15 for two-course lunches. Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week 2014 runs through Feb. 23. It is part of a larger winter promotional package from Visit Baltimore called Absolutely Febulous, which also includes discounts at hotels, museums and attractions. We are here to help. Find information about participating restaurants and sample menu items [Pictures]
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2011
Baltimore City will pay a third of the $150,000 cost of a Maryland Stadium Authority study to determine whether the city should build a new downtown arena linked to an expanded Baltimore Convention Center. Members of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board voted Monday to approve the $50,000 contribution, which will come from the budget of Visit Baltimore, the city's convention and tourism agency. The stadium authority agreed last month to study the project's feasibility and asked the city to cover part of the cost.
BUSINESS
By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2010
Over nearly three decades with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, David Pittenger has been credited with helping steer the institution from a tourist attraction to an institution that strives to be a voice for environmental stewardship. On Tuesday, Pittenger announced that he plans to step down after 15 years as executive director and more than 25 years at the aquarium altogether, triggering a nationwide search to find his replacement. During his tenure, Pittenger introduced visitors to the wonders of Australia's Outback and is helping to lead the push for a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014
He started out as a teenager washing dishes during summer nights at the Jersey Shore, but these days Jordan Miller is busy planning the fancy Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week menu at the French Kitchen inside downtown's Lord Baltimore Hotel. "Restaurant Week gives people the opportunity to explore Baltimore's culinary landscape without going broke," said the 28-year-old New Jersey native who now lives in Charles Village. "If you're like me, you go out to dinner and order pretty much everything on the menu and come home $200 to $300 poorer.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore | February 3, 2014
The owner of an aging downtown Baltimore hotel hopes to breathe new life into the property with a gritty, cool makeover that incorporates graffiti, sleek, white couches and a chain link fence. The multi-million dollar upgrade of the Brookshire Suites at Calvert and Lombard streets gives a new street twist to the 1958 building, which began as a parking garage but has been a hotel since the 1980s. Modus Hotels saw an opportunity to stand out in Baltimore, which has traditionally been dominated by big names with conventional reputations, such as Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt, said Aaron Katz, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based owner of 11 hotels.
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