National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) is right around the corner, and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board will mark the occasion with a member-exclusive golf outing at the Huntingdon Valley Country Club May 7.
The Third Annual Travel Rally Day and Montco Golf Classic will feature more than 150 golfers across 27 holes of championship golf, according to a press release from the VFTCB.
“This year’s NTTW theme is perfect for us because history is so important to the Valley Forge and Montgomery County region,” said Mike Bowman, president & CEO of the VFTCB. “It’s part of our DNA, really. And, tourism is huge here. So, this is a chance for us to say thank you to our record more than 500 members for all that they do to bring visitors to the area, and give back to them with a first-class event.”
An annual tradition for the U.S. travel community, this year’s 35th anniversary celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week will be held May 6-12, and the theme is “Then and Now.”
Tourism is a major driver in Montco. In 2016, tourism spending in Montgomery County reached $1.5 billion. Sports tourism represents 56 percent of the VFTCB’s group business, and $20 million in positive economic impact for Montco.
That type of impact is why tourism professionals across the country come together to honor the value that travel holds for the economy, businesses and personal well-being during NTTW. The golf event will help acknowledge the national recognition week that celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel community over the last several decades.
Approaching its 130th birthday, Huntingdon Valley Country Club is ranked among Golf Week’s Top 100 Classic Courses, and has been named the Ninth Best Course in Pennsylvania by Golf Digest. Twenty-year club member, T. Quinn Spitzer is also currently the 33rd president of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.
The VFTCB will also debut and distribute the second annual Montco Golf Guide in partnership with Sports Illustrated. More than 10,000 copies will be sent to golfers within a 150-mile radius of Montgomery County, and the guide will include profiles on courses, interviews with local players, and highlights of the upcoming Valley Forge Invitational, an LPGA Symetra Tour at Raven’s Claw Golf Club in Pottstown in May.
Home to more than 50 golf courses – that’s one of the largest concentrations in the country – Montgomery County has more than 300,000 yards of golf to play. It also has 77-plus hotels, 1,600 restaurants, and family-friendly attractions that help make it an ideal golf destination that the VFTCB promotes at MontcoGolf.com.
The Montco Golf Classic is also still accepting foursomes and sponsors at montcogolfclassic.com.