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Big bureau events generated estimated $75 million for region's economy in February 2015

Published: Feb 26, 2015

Tourism officials reporting preliminary results from 2nd Annual Great American Outdoor Show and four other major events in February will have an economic impact of at least $75 million for the Hershey Harrisburg Region.

Harrisburg, PA – The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) announced today that they are projecting positive results from the 2nd Annual Great American Outdoor Show (GAOS), according to the initial indicators the bureau uses to calculate the economic impact of major events they bring to the region. Tourism officials however will not release a final report on the results of the show for several weeks as they continue to compile the results from lodging partners, venue officials, and the show producer. Last year the 2014 Great American Outdoor Show generated $70 million for the regional economy.  

Tourism officials did however release anticipated results and economic impacts from four other major events associated with the bureau taking place in the Hershey & Harrisburg Region this February.

PIAA Team Wrestling
February 5 – 7, 2015
HHRVB & Hershey Entertainment & Resorts secured this event for a 4-year commitment concluding in 2016.
Giant Center, Hershey, PA
Estimated Attendance: 2,640
Estimated Economic Impact per year: $483,762
Total Economic Impact for 4-Years: $1.95 million

Reflections Synchro Invitational - Annual Event
February 14 – 15, 2015
Giant Center, Hershey, PA
Estimated Attendance: 4,000 (including 83 teams)
Estimated Economic Impact per year: $2 million
Total Economic Impact for 5-Years: $10 million

Keystone Regional Volleyball Boys Zonal Championships – New in 2015
February 28 – March 1, 2015
HHRVB recently announced this annual championship event was secured for a 3-Year commitment starting in 2015 and returning in 2016 & 2017.
PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, Harrisburg, PA
Estimated Attendance: 5,154 including 156 teams
Estimated Economic Impact: $1.6 million
Total Economic Impact for 3-Years: $4.8 million

PA Junior Wrestling Junior High State Championship Tournament – New in 2015
February 28 – March 1, 2015
Hershey Park Arena, Hershey, PA
Estimated Attendance: 3,500
Estimated Economic Impact per year: $1 million

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Rick@HersheyHarrisburg.org
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Cell: 717.884.3328

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