PA Tourism Industry Celebrates National Tourism Day

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 10 /PRNewswire/ — Leaders from Pennsylvania’s tourism industry today celebrated Tourism Day in Pennsylvania as more than 150 tourism advocates from across the state gathered at the Capitol to support tourism’s contributions to Pennsylvania’s economy. The event marked the 22nd annual National Tourism Week, which is celebrated May 8-16.

“Tourism Day is the perfect vehicle for promoting the wonderful attractions in our state as well as delivering the message that travel and tourism are vital to Pennsylvania’s economy,” Governor Rendell said. “Today should also serve as a reminder that the people in the private and public sectors are working hard every day to maintain the industry’s vitality. And, on behalf of the citizens of this great state, I thank them all.”

PA tourism industry representatives presented a ceremonial check for $2.5 billion representing the tourism industry’s contribution to state tax revenues.

“With $23 billion in tourism expenditures and $2.5 billion in state tax revenues, tourism plays a vital role in Pennsylvania’s economy,” Governor Rendell said. “I thank you for your efforts on behalf of the citizens of our Commonwealth.”

People from communities across the Commonwealth participated in daylong activities. These individuals represented a cross-section of the tourism industry, including state agencies and commissions, as well as tourist promotion agencies and tourism industry associations.

Tourism Day activities include a breakfast, press conference, and a trade show that showcases tourism trade associations and governmental agencies promoting the state’s tourism message.

Pennsylvania saw tremendous growth in travel in 2004 and was most evident in the hotel industry. Pennsylvania’s hotel occupancy averaged 60.7 percent for the year, up 2.7 percent from the previous year.

Airline traffic was constant at Pennsylvania’s airports through 2004. Overall, the Commonwealth saw a six percent increase in domestic passengers, outpacing the 4.8 percent increase in domestic air travel nationwide.

International flights at Pennsylvania airports delivered 2.3 million passengers in 2004 – a 15 percent increase from the same period in 2003 and slightly outpacing the 14 percent increase internationally for the U.S. airline industry.

Tourism is Pennsylvania’s second-largest industry, and with about 117 million visitors annually, Pennsylvania is the fourth most visited state in the country, tied with New York. The total impact of travelers’ spending on Pennsylvania’s economy is about $23 billion a year, and tourism is responsible for more than 563,000 jobs.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s tourism industry, go to, or call (800) VISIT PA.

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