As predicted, the 2015 Great American Outdoor Show made a more than $70-million economic impact on the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

This year, the show, which took place Feb. 7–15 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg, brought an estimated $73 million to the area—a 4 percent increase from last year.

Broken down into categories, the numbers show even higher improvements: 2.3 percent attendance increase; 14 percent occupancy increase in Dauphin County; $180,000 in City Admission & Amusement Tax Revenue; and the support of 8,000 jobs.

This was the second year the show was hosted in Harrisburg, due to a five year-agreement that was signed between the National Rifle Association (the host) and the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. 

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.