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Economic Impact of Pennsylvania’s Heritage Areas (2008)

State Heritage Areas are large geographic regions or corridors of the commonwealth that span two or more counties and contain a multitude of historic, recreational, natural and scenic resources of state and national significance that collectively exemplify the heritage of Pennsylvania. In 2008, visitors to 8 of 12 heritage areas, both from Pennsylvania and out of state tourists, generated an estimated $255.8 million in direct sales, which supported 4,372 jobs.
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  • State Heritage Areas are large geographic regions or corridors of the Commonwealth that span two or more counties. They contain a multitude of historic, recreational, natural and scenic resources of state and national significance that collectively exemplify the heritage of Pennsylvania. Through regional partnerships and public grassroots planning strategies, these resources are identified, protected, enhanced and promoted to strengthen regional economies through increased tourism, job creation and stimulation of public and private partnerships for new investment opportunities.
  • This study details the direct and indirect economic impacts of tourism in of eight of the state’s 12 heritage areas in 2008. Visitors to these 8 heritage areas generated an estimated $255.8 million in direct sales, which supported 4,372 jobs. The total direct, indirect and induced effects of visitor spending were $416.9 million in sales.

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