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Centre County Tourism

Many involved in the tourism business are hoping for a big comeback this Summer, and in Centre County some added funding for the industry was announced this morning.

As representatives from some of Centre County best known events, and tourism promoters gathered Monday morning the message was clear we’re open and looking forward to Summer

“Whether you live in Aaronsburg, Phillipsburg, State College or Snow Shoe, there’s lots to do now. lets get out and get it done. we need heads in the beds. we need to get people visiting
again the vibrancy that tourism brings to our community is immeasurable”

The gathering, sponsored by the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau was to announce just over 461 thousand dollars in grant money being distributed among 48 projects and events that boost the
county’s tourism economy

“Everybody loves coming to Centre County they like the proximity to Penn State they like looking at the new things going on in our communities.”

The grant money collected through the county’s hotel room tax. That revenue stream hit hard in the past down considerably due to the pandemic. But among the organizations receiving
funding Monday, ten first time applicants another sign of better times ahead

“We’ve turned the corner.we were on track to break records in 2019 and i think were picking up where we left off and the momentum is building”

In a tourism survey from just a few years ago, Centre County listing close to 4.3 million visitors every year

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