YORK, PA- Fascinating factory tours, Civil War heritage, outdoor recreation and the successful Mason-Dixon Wine Trail and Susquehanna Ale Trail are all vital pieces of York County's tourism portfolio. As the tourism and hospitality industry prepares for the30th Annual National Tourism Week, May 4-12, 2013, York County's Official Tourism Promotion Agency is reminding consumers how and why tourism works for York County.

Travel supports 14.6 million jobs across the nation, including many here in York. In fact, the tourism industry employs 7,165 people in York County. Tourism is Pennsylvania's second largest industry behind agriculture, and York County is ranked 10th in Pennsylvania for tourism revenue with more than $850 million generated annually. Each year, York County's tourism industry generates more than $88.2 million in state and local taxes. This translates into direct tax relief for all York County residents.

As the county gears up for a busy 2013 tourist season, the York County CVB is thrilled to welcome a variety of events to the area including the National Street Rod Association, American Softball Association events, Eastern Division Train Collectors Association and more! These events are expected to generate more than $32,247,663 in economic impact for York County!

During National Tourism Week, the YCCVB will be hosting a Member Familiarization Tour on Friday, May 10. This annual event allows front line and new staff to see all that York County has to offer, so they can make educated activity suggestions to visiting guests. Participants will be visiting Steam Into History, Detour Winery, downtown Hanover, Utz Quality Foods and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing.

Additionally, on Saturday, May 11, a handful of Mason-Dixon Wine Trail partners will be participating in the first-ever Wine Tourism Day! The Day, organized nationally, is open to wineries, hotels, restaurants and other wine tourism business across North America.

Locally, nine wineries on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail including Allegro Winery, Basignani Winery, Boordy Vineyards, Dejon Vineyards, Fiore Winery, Harford Vineyard & Winery, Reid's Orchard & Winery, Royal Rabbit Vineyards at The Vineyard at Hershey will be offering special discounts and activities.

The York County Convention and Visitors Bureau (York County CVB) is the official tourism promotion agency for York County. The mission of the York County CVB is to positively impact economic development in York County though the promotion of all forms of visitation. York County is ranked tenth in the state in economic impact from tourism expenditures. Visitors spend more than $850 million in York County annually. For more information on the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, call 1-888-858-9675 or visit www.yorkpa.org.

Editor's Note: Statistics included in this release are courtesy of The Economic Impact of Travel and Tourism in Pennsylvania - 2011 Tourism Economics, prepared by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office and the U.S. Travel Association. 


Louise Heine
Destination Marketing Manager
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
717-852-9675, ext. 109 or lheine@yorkpa.org

Contact: Allison Freeman, Communications Specialist
717-852-9675, ext. 103 or allison@yorkpa.org