Montco commissioners recently heard about all of the behind the scenes working taking place at the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) to bring big time events like Cirque du Soleil and the LPGA’s Symetra Tour to the county.
In a comprehensive presentation, VFTCB President Mike Bowman and his staff highlighted the board’s successful track record in helping to bring attractions to the county, and laid out their strategic plan for further enhancing the area’s growing reputation as a tourist destination, writes Oscar Gamble for Digital First Media.
Upcoming events like the LPGA’s Symetra Tour at the Raven’s Claw Golf Club in Pottstown this May, Cirque Du Soleil, coming to Oaks in July and August, and the PGA’s BMW Championship, which will take place in September at Aronimink Golf Club in nearby Newtown Square, are projected to pump close to $30 million into the local economy and account for approximately 7,700 hotel room night bookings.
Bowman and Sales Director Marc Kaminetsky credited the VFTCP event fund — which was facilitated by a 2 percent increase in the county hotel tax, from 2 to 4 percent, and approved by the commissioners in a split vote in December 2016, with Commissioner Joe Gale dissenting — with enabling the board to procure the events that are having a positive economic impact, especially for the county’s 77 hotels, 54 golf courses, and nearly 1,600 restaurants.
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