If you haven’t hosted an event in Lehigh Valley yet, it’s about time you do. The area has a number of venues and offers a number of free activities your guests can enjoy during their downtime

“Lehigh Valley is home to many things that families, couples, or individuals can visit without having to spend any money to do so,” says Michael Stershic president, Discover Lehigh Valley. “We want to make sure people know that these options exist to them whether they are visiting the area or live here full-time.”

Discover Lehigh Valley, the CVB of the area, has compiled a list of free activities broken up into eight sections that include festivals, wineries and the outdoors among others. Guests can visit museums, such as the Liberty Bell Museum and The Banana Factory, stroll through the Garlic Fest in October and tour a guitar factory and museum.

To view the entire list, check out their website

Last November, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” recovery package to support New York’s hard-hit tourism sector. Part of that package is a $25 million “Meet in New York” grant program that focuses on venues and events that generate and support business-related travel. “This holistic approach to visitation recognizes the spending habits of business and convention travelers for overnight stays, food, and activities,” the governor’s press office noted.

 

After having closed its doors in November 2019 for an extensive renovation, The Pridwin Hotel & Cottages on Shelter Island, New York, is accepting reservations beginning July 15. The 49-room luxury property, which dates to 1927, will be reopening under the ownership of a collaboration between Cape Resorts, a hospitality investment and management company specializing in adaptive reuse and historical preservation of resort properties, and the Petry family, who has owned and operated the resort since 1961. 

 

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”