2011-05-12 / Correspondents' Notes

Welcome Centers Celebrate National Tourism Week

Pennsylvania’s 14 selcome centers, which are managed by PennDOT, are conducting special programs and promotions to mark National Tourism Week, which runs through May 15.

“Pennsylvania Welcome Centers will be hosting various activities to celebrate National Tourism Week in conjunction with local visitors’ bureaus and other tourism-related partners,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E. “The events will spotlight local attractions and demonstrate why tourism is one of Pennsylvania’s top industries.”

In many cases, Welcome Centers provide the first impression of Pennsylvania to out-of-state visitors. Each Welcome Center is a complete travel resource center for motorists, offering many free tourism services such as lodging and restaurant reservations. In 2010, Pennsylvania Welcome Centers served more than 2.7 million customers.

“Visitors to our Welcome Centers during this week will see a host of special activities,” said PennDOT tourism services manager Tiffany Brown. “From free Lebanon bologna in Franklin County to free DelGrosso’s sauce in Fulton County, welcome center visitors will be able to sample local products or get more information on local tourism hot spots across Pennsylvania.”

Pennsylvania’s Welcome Centers are open 24 hours a day, and tourism staff are available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, including most holidays.

Pennsylvania’s 14 Welcome Centers are at key border locations, including I-70 West, about one-half mile past the Pennsylvania/ Maryland border in Warfordsburg, Fulton County, and I-81 North, about one- half mile past the Pennsylvania/Maryland border in State Line, Franklin County.

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