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.


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%


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


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

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

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 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.