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Pennsylvania Boosts Tourism with Welcome Center Initiatives

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Governor Shapiro recently introduced Pennsylvania’s new tourism brand, “The Great American Getaway,” in conjunction with the announcement by PennDOT that the state’s 14 Welcome Centers will celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) from May 19-25. These centers, located at key entry points around Pennsylvania, will host tourism partners who will provide information through static displays, giveaways, and information tables. Partners include private tourism attractions, state and national parks, and museums.

In 2023, Keystone Welcome Centers attended to approximately 2.9 million customers, made over 9,000 reservations, and generated nearly $1.6 million in tourism revenue. These centers offer various services, including lodging and restaurant reservations, aimed at assisting travelers and promoting state attractions.

The Welcome Centers are situated strategically at major border crossings into Pennsylvania, including locations along Interstate-90 West, I-70 East, I-79 North, and several others, ensuring they serve as the first contact point for travelers entering the state.

Operating seven days a week, these centers are staffed with knowledgeable personnel ready to assist with travel plans and provide information about local attractions. Tourism is a significant industry in Pennsylvania, generating over $76 billion annually and supporting over 486,000 jobs. The state’s economic development strategy includes a proposed $18 million increase in the 2024-25 budget to enhance tourism and business marketing efforts.

For more details on travel in Pennsylvania, or to request a 2024 Pennsylvania Travel Guide, visitors can check out visitPA.com or contact 1-800-VISIT-PA.

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