Tourists spent more money in the midstate than any of Pennsylvania's 11 tourism regions except Philadelphia in 2012, according to the latest statistics released by the state.
The Department of Economic and Community Development last week made public its “Economic Impact of Travel and Tourism in Pennsylvania” report for 2012, and it revealed tourists spent more than $7.6 billion in the region.
That was up about 3.2 percent from 2011, when visitors spent $7.3 billion in the region.
The Dutch Country Roads region — the state’s designation for the midstate — made up 19.9 percent of all tourism dollars spent in Pennsylvania, flat with the 2011 rate. Philadelphia and the Countryside made up 22.7 percent.
The increase in regional tourism spending is on par with the state’s figures, where tourists spent $38.4 billion in 2012 compared with $37 billion in 2011, according to the report produced by Tourism Economics of Wayne.
Tourists in Dauphin County — which includes Hersheypark — led the way by spending more than $2.21 in the county in 2012, up about 3.7 percent. Tourists in Lancaster County spent the second-most in the region at $1.82 billion.
Employment in the midstate tourism industry is still below 2008 staffing levels when it employed an all-time high of 63,074 people, but went up 3.2 percent in 2012 to 62,877.
The 2013 report — which will include impact from the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg — is expected to be released in December.
The Dutch Country Roads region includes Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties, according to the state.
|Region||Total spent (in millions)||Percent of state spending|
|Philadelphia and the Countryside||$8,715||22.7|
|Dutch Country Roads||$7,644||19.9|
|Pittsburgh and Its Countryside||$7,532||19.6|
|Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region||$1,628||4.2|
|Valleys of the Susquehanna||$622||1.6|