As it Prepares for Strong 2020, VFTCB Looks Back on a Record-breaking 2019

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Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board President and CEO Mike Bowman shares a laugh with Monty, VFTCB's mascot and Jay Jay, the John James Audubon Center's new mascot. Image courtesy VFTCB.

Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is celebrating a record past year for Montgomery County while preparing for a very strong 2020.

In 2019, Montgomery County saw growth across many areas, including an increase in festival and sporting events and attraction visitors.

“At the VFTCB, we’re all about moving forward, so we were excited and optimistic to see such growth for Montgomery County tourism in 2019,” said Mike Bowman, President & CEO of the VFTCB. “We’re looking forward to keeping that momentum going in 2020.”

Some of last year’s highlights included the highest number of events ever held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks at 136, and an increase in people coming to see the Norristown’s Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo by more than 38 percent.

Meanwhile, King of Prussia once again recorded over 20 million visitors at its over 450 retailers.

In addition, the county saw its hotel family grow to 80 hotels, which will further grow with the arrival of five more hotels by the end of this year.

Other upcoming major developments for this year will include the completion of the $14 million renovation project and the reopening of the Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitor Center.

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