When we say Deep Creek Lake is a four-season destination, we aren’t kidding! The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce recently released a statement, showing Garrett County and Deep Creek Lake with the highest increases in tourism in the state. The Maryland Office of Tourism published their first quarter findings for fiscal year 2017, which covers July 1 through September 30, 2016.
For sales tax revenue, Garrett County saw a 5.8% increase, while the state of Maryland grew 3%. Garrett County realized a 7.8% increase in lodging sales tax collections and the state of Maryland saw a 5.5% for the same time frame.
These statistics follow the same trend from the same time frame of fiscal year 2016, however, the gap between the state of Maryland and Garrett County was larger in 2017 for these three months. The Garrett County Chamber credits much of the increase to their strengthened and targeted marketing efforts. 2016 has been an incredible year as far as increased tourism numbers, with a whopping 19.3% increase in ‘heads on beds.’
While Maryland is filled with so many beautiful and unique places to visit, we are extremely excited that our area in specific is growing in visitors and support. Starting off the first quarter of this new fiscal year strong is very encouraging, especially as we move into the winter season.
Garrett County has several of Maryland’s only or top record attractions, such as the largest freshwater lake, the only ski resort in the state, the tallest free-falling waterfall, Maryland’s highest point, and one of only two recirculating white water courses in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to all its natural splendor, Garrett County is also in the perfect spot geographically, as it’s only 2 hours from Pittsburgh and 3 hours from the DC/Baltimore area. Our temperate mountain climate is usually refreshing for visitors coming from lower elevations. Our summers are much less extreme and the winters generally produce more snow than neighboring areas. Major events for Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County are the annual Autumn Glory Festival, the Savageman Triathlon, the Art & Wine Festival, and the Gran Fondo Bike Race series, just to name a few!
As 2016 comes to a close this month, we’re excited and anxious to see how the rest of the current fiscal year will turn out!
P.S. – It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation!