The second half of this year will be busy for the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc.
The bureau announced today the move of its administrative offices from 149-155 W. Market St. to a larger space at 60 E. North St., which is near Santander Stadium.
That will occur later this year and should bolster bureau visibility, officials said.
Over the summer, the bureau will move its downtown visitor information center to the Central Market on West Philadelphia Street.
“The York County Convention and Visitors Bureau was approached with the opportunity to partner at Central Market and decided to capitalize on the idea,” spokesman Brent Burkey said. “The opportunity came at an ideal time in our lease schedule for the organization to assess its overall facility needs.”
The York County CVB currently has about 3,500 square feet. The new administrative office will be about 5,700 square feet, not counting the attic and basement, he said.
The visitor center’s available square footage will be significantly less at the market, but the new space will be much more optimized, he said.
“Although there are some efficiencies in having travel counselors under the same roof as other staff, the benefits of being at Central Market far outweighed them,” Burkey said. “In addition to greeting visitors to York County who come to Central Market, we believe that some of the best ambassadors for York County are the people who live here. So being at Central Market also exposes the county’s collective tourism and hospitality offerings to jurors, for example, and employees of downtown businesses.”
The bureau has 12 full-time employees working in the current administrative offices. It also has one full-time travel counselor working at its visitor centers, plus part-time staff.
Neither move will affect staffing levels, Burkey said. The bureau also projects a slight decrease in operational costs with the administrative move. The city leases space for the visitor information center, which will continue at the market.