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.

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Although several cities are opening up again, many offices are still enforcing work from home policies. As they did when Stay at Home first began, plenty of organizations are still offering webinars with insights on how to tackle the new normal. Gaining new knowledge is a great way to use extra time that might have been spent on a commute. 

Here at M+E, we’ll keep the following list updated, as some webinars are live and some are pre-recorded. Please email lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com to add more applicable webinars to the list.

 

As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.