The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau recently announced they are estimating the Second Annual Great American Outdoor Show will bring in around $75 million economic impact for the month of February.

An official report will not be released on the show’s economic impact—which took place Feb. 7–15—for several weeks until they compile results from lodging partners, venue officials and the show producer.

Last year, the Great American Outdoor Show generated $70 million for the region.

The tourism officials did release the official multiple-year economic impact for the area from four other major events in February. According to the reports, PIAA Tea, Wrestling brought in $1.95 million in four years; Reflections Synchro Invitation resulted in $10 million for a five-year span; the Keystone Regional Volleyball Boys Zonal Championships brought in $4.8 million over three years; and the PA Junior Wrestling Junior High State Championship (which had its first year in 2015), is estimated to result in $1 million per year.

To calculate the economic impact of major events, the bureau uses initial indicators that help provide results.

Rhode Island’s Weekapaug Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property, has opened MeetingHouse, a 1,650-square-foot indoor-outdoor convertible space that overlooks Quonochontaug Pond and can accommodate groups of up to 75.

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

The Opus Westchester, a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection Hotels, made its debut in late spring 2021, offering 10,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Anyone attending a meeting there this summer will want to try this cocktail, a sophisticated warm-weather elixir that’s served exclusively in the Lobby Lounge.