FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Destination Marketing Director
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
717-852-9675, ext. 109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
YORK COUNTY A FINALIST TO HOST 2022 USA/CANADA LIONS LEADERSHIP FORUM
Event would attract over 2,000 attendees and generate more than
$2.4 Million in Positive Economic Impact
YORK, PA – The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), York County’s Official Tourist Promotion Agency, in partnership with the Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Clubs, is preparing to welcome a delegation of leaders from Lions Clubs across the greater USA and Canada region for a site visit July 15-18, 2018 as part of the bid to secure the 2022 USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum. York is one of three cities in the running to host the event that is expected to draw over 2,000 attendees and generate $2.4 million in positive economic impact.
“The Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Clubs is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the York County CVB to work to bring this exciting event to Pennsylvania,” said Bob McComas, State Administrator of the PA State Council of Lions Clubs. “The USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum is the premier leadership training for Lions from the United States and Canada and we are looking forward to showcasing all of the wonderful things attendees can experience during an event in York County.”
York County will host the delegation for a site visit in the coming months, showcasing the York Expo Center as well as many of the areas outstanding lodging, dining and attraction partners. The bid process began in the summer of 2017 and the event host will be announced in September. Since the event began in 1977, Pennsylvania has only hosted once – in 1984 when the event was held in Philadelphia. The 2018 event will be held in September in Columbus, Ohio. Additional information about the event and its history can be found at https://lionsforum.org/.
“We are grateful to Bob and the entire team at the PA State Council of Lions Clubs for all of their support throughout the bid process for this premier event,” said Anne Druck, president of the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This event would be an economic win for York County and a win for Lions Club members across the state to have the opportunity to welcome their peers from around the USA and Canada to the area. We are looking forward to showing off the many amazing things York County offers visitors as a next step in securing this outstanding event.”
York County Convention & Visitors Bureau
The York County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s mission is to maximize tourism expenditures and their economic impact in York County, PA, through comprehensive tourism sales and marketing programs. The York County CVB’s vision is for a York County where tourism is recognized for the value of its economic impact and its role in raising the profile of York County as a sought-after destination. Tourism generates significant positive economic impact across York County. According to Tourism Economics report, The Economic Impact of Travel in Pennsylvania: Tourism Satellite Account Calendar Year 2015, visitors spent $943 million in York County in 2015 and during that same year, industry employed 7,709 people around the county. For more information on the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau, call 1-888-858-9675 or visit www.yorkpa.org.
PA State Council of Lions Clubs
The Pennsylvania State Council of Lions Clubs is part of Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest civic-service organization in the world with more than 1.4 million members in 200 countries and geographical locations. The PA Council, which is identified as Multiple District 14 by LCI, ranks third nationally in terms of members with over 18,000 members in more than 675 clubs divided into 17 sub-districts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Lions Clubs International as an organization celebrated its 100th anniversary in July 2017 at its international convention in Chicago, the birthplace of the organization, and strives to assist individuals with sight and hearing ailments with special focus on childhood cancer, diabetes and environmental issues. For more information on Lions Clubs International, please visit www.lionsclubs.org. For more information on the PA State Council of Lions Clubs, please call 1-717-564-2586 or visit www.palions.org.