Gettysburg Reporting High Tourism Numbers

  • Gettysburg Reporting High Tourism Numbers

     
    POSTED December 29, 2015
     

The number of overnight stays in Adams County, Pa., through October, is more than 4.1 percent higher than the same timeframe in 2014, according to the Smith Travel Research report which measures hotel occupancy, average daily rates and revenue generated through participating lodging properties.

Lodging is more than 11,000 room nights ahead of 2013—the year the community celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address.

 

“The anniversary year was not the pinnacle of tourism in Adams County, Pa.,” says Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. “It was the beginning to a new era of tourism, and we’re seeing the success of that right now.”

Soon after the landmark event, Destination Gettysburg launched a different marketing approach, focusing on experiences outside of the Civil War and highlight the region’s culinary tourism, shopping, outdoor recreation and other ways for families and younger visitors to enjoy the area.

 

In 2015, through October, more than 393,000 room nights have been reserved, generating nearly $42 million among the hotels that participate in the study of overnight lodging. The average daily rate in 2015 is $106.50, more than $3 higher than 2014.

“These lodging numbers are positive encouragement that the marketing we have implemented is working,” said Flowers.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia has undergone a meeting place makeover including design changes and the addition of new group amenities. Now available are offsite wedding receptions in nearby Collins Park in the middle of Center City, Philadelphia for up to groups of 100 and on-site group sound meditation sessions. 

 

Willow by award-winning chef Charlie Palmer will heat up the culinary scene at Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhineback when the 50-room resort opens this fall. Palmer will bring his Progressive American cooking to the chic Hudson Valley location. As a veteran in the hospitality industry, Palmer will also oversee all food and beverage operations at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck, including the property’s in-room dining and catering programs, Aqua Terrace light fare and Willow Bar.

 
In July, Chris Heeter, The Wild Institute and thousands of fans had to say goodbye to beloved speaker dog Tuu Weh.

With her fists closed tightly, Chris Heeter let her hands drop lightly to her sides, opening her palms widely and wildly. And with that small, simple motion, Heeter was unknowingly opening not just her hands, but her heart to a presence that would change her life as well as thousands of others.