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Combine work and play on a Maryland visit

Traditionally, travelers abroad are asked whether they visiting for "business or pleasure?" A recent article on Yahoo! Travel explores the idea of the "Bizcation," a trip that gives visitors enough time to both relax and get their work done.

Some employees have been taking advantage of their need to travel for work by mixing in extra days for exploring and taking in the sights. Information cited from a 2012 Orbitz report shows that more than 70 percent of American business travelers " take extended business trips with a leisure component."

This arrangement has benefits for employee business travel costs, too, as they use their business destination as a jumping off point for local trips on smaller airlines. The source notes that the trend has also led hotels to appeal to these travelers more specifically with special packages designed to steer them to staying longer than their initial business trip.

Along these lines, businesspeople making plans for executive travel in Maryland should pay attention to easy local tourism opportunities. According to WBAL, the most popular place for visitors to stay when visiting Baltimore is the Anne Arundel County area, at least for the first half of 2014, with more than 70 percent of the area's 35 hotels occupied.

Speaking to WBAL, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau's CMO, Frank DiVenti, explained the area's appeal and why it is particularly accommodating.

"We have the advantage of a lot of hotels here," he said. "We have more hotels in this county, really, than any other county in the state, even including Baltimore city, so we have a lot to fill." 

Building air charter planes into other business travel plans leaves the space open for "Bizcations."