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Economic Impact of Tourism in the Greater Philadelphia Region

Economic Impact of Tourism in the Greater Philadelphia Region
AGENDA 9:30 AM Coffee and Networking 10:00 AM Welcome & Introductions, Michael Boyer, Associate Director of Planning, DVRPC Greater Philadelphia’s Hospitality and Tourism Economy Mary Bell, Manager of Demographic and Economic Analysis, DVRPC Ms. Bell will discuss the findings of a recently-released DVRPC Data Snapshot on Greater Philadelphia’s hospitality and tourism economy, including information on annual visitation; hospitality and tourism-related employment; and the industry’s overall economic impact. State of Tourism in New Jersey Jake Buganski, Acting Executive Director, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism The Division of Travel and Tourism successfully supports and markets New Jersey’s .1 billion tourism industry through its unique marketing, advertising, and promotional campaigns. In addition to its promotional activities, the Division maintains vital partnerships with tourism members and Destination Marketing Organizations throughout New Jersey, provides marketing grants promoting tourism, and acts as an information portal. Mr. Buganski will highlight the activities of the department and explain how the agency plans to attract a new generation of tourists. Selling the Bucks County Tourist Experience Paul Bencivengo, Vice President, Visit Bucks County Visit Bucks County is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Visit Bucks County provides information on the many activities offered; places to see, stay, and eat in Bucks County; and how to o and between destinations. Mr. Bencivengo will speak about the overall mission for the agency and the economic impact that tourism has had on the county and its many communities. Food and Wine Tourism in Southern New Jersey Devon Perry, Executive Director, Visit South Jersey Visit South Jersey is the Official Visitors Guide for the South Jersey Tourism Corporation. Located in Camden County, Visit South Jersey markets and promotes activities offered and publishes the South Jersey Visitors Guide. Ms. Perry will talk about Southern New Jersey tourism and the tremendous economic impact of the growing food and wine industry in the southern portion of the state. 11:30 AM Discussion The panel will take questions and a discussion will take place as we share strategies and ideas on what your community or organization is doing to foster tourism. 12:00 PM Adjournment and Lunch Attendee – .00

at Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
190 N. Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, United States

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