(County Commissioner Robert G. Loughery)
BUCKS COUNTY, PA (May 7, 2019) – As part of Visit Bucks County (VBC’s) week-long celebration of National Travel & Tourism Week, the tourism office hosted a breakfast with the Bucks County Commissioners and many tourism industry partners at Rose Bank Winery on Tuesday.
VBC President & COO Jerry Lepping opened the program by sharing key tourism statistics. As reported by the U.S. Travel Association, travel generated $2.5 trillion for the U.S. economy and supported 15.7 million jobs in 2018 with one out of every 10 national jobs being dependent on tourism.
“Nearly $1 billion in economic impact is generated from 8 million annual visitors to Bucks County” said Lepping. “Local retail like the antique shops that line Bristol Borough’s Mill Street and major attractions such as Sesame Place strengthen every facet of our community.”
Commissioner Robert G. Loughery shared a new Tourism and Hospitality Product Development Assessment initiative that is being conducted in partnership with the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority, the Bucks County Workforce Development Board and Visit Bucks County. The assessment will provide future recommendations for development that will enhance Bucks County’s tourism product and generate greater economic impact and job growth.
“Tourism is an important part of our local economy,” said Loughery, “The County is proud of the 28,000 hospitality employees welcoming visitors and locals alike. Great service is a critical component to ensure repeat business to our area restaurants, lodging properties and attractions.”
The tourism office also recognized individuals and organizations for the National Travel & Tourism Week Awards. Honorees were nominated by their peers in the local hospitality industry.
(Top Left: Experience Yardley; Top Right: Jessica Siedler of Homewood Suites Doylestown; Bottom Left: Nicole Joie of Bucks County Historical Society; Bottom Right: Shante Annigew of Candlewood Suites Bensalem-Philadelphia)
(New Hope Celebrates)
The 2019 Visit Bucks County Travel & Tourism Week Award honorees:
- Community Service Award: Experience Yardley
- Guest Service Excellence Award: Jessica Siedler, General Manager of Homewood Suites Doylestown
- Hospitality Leadership Award: Shante Annigew, Director of Sales, Candlewood Suites Bensalem-Philadelphia
- Rising Star Award: Nicole Joie, PR & Marketing Coordinator of Bucks County Historical Society
- Dedicated Partner Award: New Hope Celebrates
Visit Bucks County closed the breakfast by distributing $181,000 in tourism grants. The tourism grant program was instituted in 2008 to assist in the development and enhancement of not-for-profit tourism product and marketing in Bucks County. The grant is supported from a portion earned from the Bucks County lodging tax and given out bi-annually. In total, Visit Bucks County has distributed more than $4 million in tourism grant funds since initiated.
(Spring 2019 Grant Recipients)
The spring 2019 grant recipients are as follows:
- ActorsNET of Bucks County
- The African American Museum of Bucks County
- Artists of Yardley
- Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County
- Bucks County Children's Museum
- Bucks County Choral Society
- Bucks County Tour of Honor
- Bucks County Wine Trail
- Cantus Novus
- Concordia Chamber Players
- County Theater
- Delaware Canal 21
- Doylestown Business & Community Alliance
- Experience Yardley
- Friends of Washington Crossing Park
- Haycock Historical Society
- Heritage Conservancy
- Historic Fallsington
- James A. Michener Art Museum
- Johnsville Centrifuge & Science Museum
- Mercer Museum
- Middletown Grange Fair
- New Hope Arts
- New Hope Celebrates
- Newtown Historic Association
- Newtown Theatre
- Pearl S. Buck International
- Pennsbury Society
- Quakertown Alive!
- Quakertown Historical Society
- Raising the Bar
- TMA Bucks Foundation
- Trinity Union Reformed Church
- Warrington Cares
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Contact: Emily Cummins, Public Relations Manager
Visit Bucks County
215-639-0300 ext. 232
About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 1,450 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, motor coach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 215-639-0300, 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).