HHRVB Predicts Positive Economic Results

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.

North of Philadelphia, Bucks County is celebrating their record-breaking amount of visitors.  

In 2018, the county welcomed 8.15 million visitors, an increase of 1.6 percent from 2017 and achieved a record-breaking $1.1 billion in total economic impact. With such numbers, the hospitality industry is taking full advantage.  

As Bucks County tourist status rises, for the travelers who are searching for a local experience, Bucks County is filled with breweries, independent restaurants, and hidden gems to visit.  


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