Maryland Calls Off Tourism Review

ATLANTA A second request for solicitation from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development has been cancelled, according to the state.

Debi Chronister, manager of contracts and procurement for Maryland, issued the cancellation in a letter to participating agencies dated May 21.

Incumbent Trahan, Burden & Charles in Baltimore had successfully defended the estimated $8 million account in March, subject to approval from the board of public works. The governor pulled that contract from the state’s agenda and the second request was issued, said Sandy Hillman, TB&C’s vice chairman and chief executive officer.

“We received communication from DBED that because of the enormous budget shortfalls facing the state, the governor wanted another look at the RFP,” said Hillman. “He was concerned about the size, length and scope of services.”

TB&C has been granted a six-month extension of its existing contract.

The state plans to re-bid the tourism account sometime this year. Hillman said TB&C would probably defend, but added, “We’ll be responding to a different kind of RFP.”

Sources in Baltimore said the state might limit its agency selection to media-only shops and continue to use advertising created by TB&C.