Baltimore, Maryland USA – The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), under its Inner Harbor Coordinator function, and on behalf of the City of Baltimore, today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for New Inner Harbor Attractions.
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor has become a centerpiece of Baltimore City, gaining international recognition as a world-class waterfront. Nearly 15 million visitors visit the Inner Harbor annually, making it one of the premier destinations for visitors and local residents in the Baltimore metropolitan area and the State of Maryland. With its panoramic views of cityscapes and waterways, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is home to numerous restaurants, retailers, and the City’s premier tourist attractions, including the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, the USS Constellation and other historic vessels.
BDC is seeking written proposals from qualified respondents for the operation of new attractions meant to provide high quality amusement, entertainment, educational, cultural and other positive experiences – outdoors at the Inner Harbor – for visitors of all ages, incomes, abilities and disabilities.
BDC is looking for attractions that will draw visitors to the Inner Harbor and contribute to their enjoyment. The attractions may involve active participation by the public in physical movement or travel and may include water features. Attractions must be open, at a minimum, to the public during Baltimore’s peak tourist season of April 1 through October 31 (with the exception of blackout dates identified by the City).
New attractions must not interfere or restrict the public’s access to the promenade at the water’s edge, pedestrian bridges and other walkways; and must not interfere with the operations of existing vendors currently under various licensing or lease agreements with the City.
BDC is especially interested in attractions that would be ready in 2011, but all proposals under this RFP must be open and ready to operate no later than June 1, 2012. Respondents should not anticipate any City or public funds to underwrite start-up costs or on-going business expenses of the attraction.
A copy of the RFP can be downloaded from BDC’s website at www.baltimoredevelopment.com. All proposals, accompanied by a $250.00 non-refundable fee, are due by 12 noon on Friday, April 8, 2011 at the offices of the Baltimore Development Corporation.