Pennsylvania Governor will invest over US$7 million on tourism


HARRISBURG, PA – Vital new state investments that will further promote and expand the state’s tourism industry in a challenging economy have been approved, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced today.

The money will help develop new facilities and accommodations to attract tourists. It will also help pay for the development of a new 74-room hotel in Harrisburg.

“More than ever, turning around this difficult economy requires the full support of state government, and that’s what my administration is doing with this investment,” said Governor Rendell. “We remain committed to helping tourism-based businesses expand and grow during these severe economic times.”

One of the approved loan guarantees, for more than $2 million, will help bring a $5.5 million hotel to Harrisburg, the first mid-range hotel constructed on Eisenhower Boulevard – at the southern end of the city – in more than 15 years.

The new hotel will be built in a heavy tourism area that includes Hershey, Gettysburg, York, and Harrisburg and is expected to create 25 jobs. It will feature 74 rooms and an indoor pool.