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INDUSTRY: PA Tourism Economics Report 2017: Dauphin County

PA Tourism Economics Report 2017: Dauphin County

The following statistics represent Dauphin County ONLY.*

Visitor Spending by County in PA 2017 (Billions)

  1. Philadelphia County: $6.3 Billion                 
  2. Allegheny County (Pittsburgh): $6.14                                                                                            
  3. Dauphin County (Hershey & Harrisburg): $2.46*
  4. Monroe County (Pocono Mountains): $2.30                            
  5. Lancaster County: $2.14                                                             

Spending in Dauphin County by Category (Millions)

  1. Transportation: $613 Million                                                              
  2. Recreation: $599                                              
  3. Food and Beverage: $478                                              
  4. Lodging: $400                                               
  5. Retail: $370                                              

Employment Created by Tourism in Dauphin County

  • Jobs: 19,368                                          
  • Income: $690 Million

Tax Revenue Generated by Tourism in Dauphin County                                        

  • State and Local: $152 Million                             
  • Federal: $140 Million

Visitor Spending in Dauphin County - 7 Year Trend (Billions)                               

Visitor Spending in Dauphin County - 7 Year Trend


Visit Hershey & Harrisburg is the official non-profit partnership-based Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) leading economic growth through destination sales, consumer marketing, public relations, and tourism development in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The organization, accredited by Destinations International since 2010, is committed to actively marketing the tourism assets in the Hershey & Harrisburg Region to business and leisure travelers both domestic and international. The bureau also leads regional sales efforts to attract meeting and event organizers, sporting event producers, and group tour leaders.  Our online media resource center includes Story Ideas, Regional Round-Ups, FAM Tour Itineraries, Media Policies, and an Image Gallery with high-resolution photos that can be easily reviewed and downloaded by media. VisitHersheyHarrisburg.org or 877-727-8573.


Mary Smith, President & CEO of Visit Hershey & Harrisburg is available for media interviews regarding the contents of this news release. Please try to make interview requests at least 12-hours in advance. Contact Allison Rohrbaugh at AllisonR@hersheyharrisburg.org.


The Economic Impact of Travel and Tourism in Pennsylvania: Tourism Satellite Account Calendar Year 2017.
Issued in 2019 by Tourism Economics, An Oxford Economics Company.
Contracted by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Department of Community and Economic Development.
Access all Economic Impact of Travel and Tourism Reports for Pennsylvania from 2010 - 2017.

*Visit Hershey & Harrisburg is reporting local economic impact results for only Dauphin County from the Annual Tourism Economic Impact Report issued by the PA Tourism Office for 2017. This is the latest information available as of May 2019. Previous reporting by VHH included combined results for Dauphin County and Perry County. Please note that all results reflected above for past and present years have been modified to reflect only Dauphin County results.

Author: Visit Hershey & Harrisburg

Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110