Visit Bucks County Celebrates $877 Million Tourism Industry in Bucks County at National Travel and Tourism Week Celebration

(Bucks County, PA) More than 100 members of Bucks County's tourism and hospitality industry gathered at the Centre Bridge Inn on Tuesday to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week. Visit Bucks County's board of directors and leadership showcased the economic impact of hospitality, presented Tourism Week Awards, previewed the upcoming consumer marketing campaign and distributed more than $180,000 in grants.

TOURISM'S ECONOMIC IMPACT

Nationally, according to the U.S. Travel Association, travel generates $2.1 trillion for the U.S. economy and supports 14.9 million jobs-one in every nine jobs. Here in Bucks County, tourism is making a major impact too.

According to Tourism Economics and Visit Philadelphia, visitor spending in Bucks County generates:

• $877.3 million in local economic impact
• $117 million in federal, state and local taxes
• Tourism supports 11,637 jobs locally

First quarter hotel indicators show positive signs for 2014:

• Occupancy is up 9.4%
• RevPAR is up 2%
• Revenue is up 10.2%

VISIT BUCKS COUNTY TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK AWARDS

During the celebration, the tourism office recognized five outstanding tourism and hospitality professionals. The following individuals and businesses were honored:

Hospitality Leadership Award: Michael Conti, New Hope Winery
Guest Services Excellence Award: Harold Mitchener, Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation
Rising Star Award: David Peoples, Hampton Inn Doylestown
Community Service Award: Sesame Place Cares
Dedicated Partner Award: Eve Moody, Shady Brook Farm

TOURISM GRANT PROGRAM REACHES $2 MILLION MILESTONE

On Travel Rally Day, Visit Bucks County announced that it has reached the $2 MILLION milestone in its Tourism Grant Program. Instituted in 2008 to assist in the development and enhancement of non-profit tourism product and marketing, grants are distributed every fall and spring. The Tourism Grant is supported from a portion earned from the Bucks County lodging tax.

Spring 2014 recipients are as follows:

9-11 Memorial Garden of Reflection$3,000 
Artists of Yardley$3,000
Bristol Cultural & Historical Foundation
$3,000
Bristol Riverside Theatre
$5,000
Bucks Beautiful
$10,000
Bucks County Children's Museum
$3,000
Bucks County Choral Society
$2,000
Bucks County Historical Society-Mercer Museum
$15,000
Bucks County Playhouse Theatre, Inc.
$12,000
Doylestown Historical Society
$3,000
Friends of Washington Crossing Park $25,000
Haycock Historical Society
$1,000
Heritage Conservancy $8,000
Historical Fallsington, Inc.
$1,000
James A. Michener Art Museum
$25,000
D&L Heritage (Landmark Towns)
$3,000
New Hope Arts
$10,000
New Hope Celebrates
$3,000
New Hope Chamber of Commerce (First Friday)
$5,000
Newtown Hall Theatre
$5,000
Pearl S. Buck Historic House
$10,000
Pennsbury Society-Pennsbury Manor $15,000
Phillips Mill Community Association
$1,000
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
$5,000
Snipes Farm & Education Center
$3,000
Tyler Park Center for the Arts
 
  
Total
$184,000

Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Communications Manager, Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 ext. 227
JessicaL@visitbuckscounty.com

About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.