Maryland's beaches could be one element that brought more visitors in 2011.
More people are visiting Maryland, according to state tourism officials. The state saw a nearly 7 percent increase in the number of domestic travelers visiting the state in 2011, the Associated Press reports.
The approximately 34 million visitors included more leisure and business travelers on both day trips and overnight stays.
State tourism director Margot Amelia credits the increase to a marketing strategy launched in 2008 that targets key markets with year-round messages. Since 2007, the number of visitors to Maryland has risen by more than 25 percent.
Maryland's tourism growth rate during that period surpassed that of other mid-Atlantic states and the United States as a whole, adds Amelia. Tourism is a powerful economic force employing nearly 130,000 Marylanders, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley.