Tourism Day celebrates the importance of the tourism industry for Pennsylvania's economy, which is the second-largest industry in PA supporting around 400,000 tourism-related jobs. Spending by travelers in PA totaled over 27 billion dollars in 2007.
The day will begin with a Tourism Rally on the steps of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg at 9 a.m. People will be gathering to hear speakers discuss their jobs and how their businesses affect the economy and other jobs in the area. Dee Fegan, the owner of Pheasant Field Bed & Breakfast in Cumberland Valley, will be one of the speakers and she will show how her B&B impacts other people and business sectors. Please come out and support your local economy.
Representatives from all areas of transportation will also be at the rally to highlight the importance and reach of tourism. The remainder of the day will consist of a marketplace in the State Capitol's main rotunda and visits to state legislators.
Also, be on the lookout for PA Tourism electronic billboards with facts and statistics about the industry's impact on the state.
The mission of the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau is to promote Cumberland Valley as a tourist destination, attract visitors to the area, enhance the visitor's experience, and to encourage and promote overnight stays.
The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau is also part of Pennsylvania's Dutch Country Roads region, the number 1 visited region in PA, a true vacation destination where country meets city and the past lives side-by-side with the present.