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Friday, February 6, 2009

Tourism Up In Spite Of Economy

Tourism doing well in county
Courier Express
DuBOIS - The DuBois City Council was updated on tourism in Clearfield County Thursday.

Sandy Fink-Barrett, director of the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism Authority, said that in spite of the economy, "tourism is doing quite well in Clearfield County and the Greater DuBois Area."

"The PA Wilds is strong," she said. "But we don't want to rest on our laurels."
Fink-Barrett said the Wilds is made up of 12 counties, with Lycoming County being the largest and Clearfield County the second largest.

"Clearfield County is up 5 percent from December 2007 to December 2008 even though we have lost some valuable lodging," she said. More...

10 comments :

Anonymous said...

we've had snow for those folks who love the outdoors - X-Country skiing, snowmobiling, etc. It's not about the Wilds....

Anonymous said...

how true that is remember the the snowmobiling days of before, maybe that is a good reason to look at opening trails to atv's lots of families would come up to "camp"
to ride their atv. just look at some of the states that have these trails available with trails interconnecting you can ride stop in town get gas and something to eat and go on for 2 - 3 days

and they also have little trouble because they took the time to build their trail system and plan it to be user friendly

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why local folks bash the 'Wilds'.

It's one thing bashing state-funded tourism promotion in general, but why do you bash something that's promoting this area?

It does benefit some of your neighbors businesses and therefore, benefits the community as a whole.

I would like to see state tourism funding done away with totally and have it come from the private sector, but our region gets pennies in state tourist promotion dollars compared to Philly, Pittsburgh, and other regions in the Commonwealth. I set your target on the program in general, not just programs that market this area.

Anonymous said...

beefing up the trail systems around here and making them user-friendly as possible makes a lot of sense.

Anonymous said...

it could partially be about the Wilds because that marketing campaign is helping to put us back on the map with consumers who have more recreational opportunities than ever before. It's not 60s or 70s anymore. People tastes and interests have changed and their choices have vastly expanded for how they spend their vacation $s.

Anonymous said...

maybe a place to start to work on beefing up the trails and working with DCNR and landowners is with someone who has already done this
YOUR LOCAL SNOWMOBILE CLUB

Anonymous said...

Too bad 97000 of it will be wasted on Dan Surra's salary to "oversee" it.

Anonymous said...

I agree...the Surra move was really stupid, but the program itself does some good things for our region.

Anonymous said...

The poster who said maybe we should start with your local snowmobile club was right on the money!The officers,members,DCNR and landowners have worked for years together to make this happen!The Pa. Wilds have done nothing to help us as far as I know.Brad Jones-Former Pres of Westend Trailblazers of Roulette

Anonymous said...

The Pa. Wilds markets this area. If you want more people to use the trails, it's probably done something good.