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Lancaster County tourism bounces back

Tourism is a billion-dollar industry in Lancaster County, but it has been hit hard during the pandemic, with many attractions forced to close or limit capacity. Now tourism is bouncing back despite a new challenge. From live theaters and amusement parks to Pennsylvania. Dutch cuisine and Amish culture, Lancaster County has always been a tourist destination. of the attractions that fought the pandemic. “We were just getting ready for the premiere of our brand new production of Queen Esther, and the day before the premiere we found out that we need to close,” Miller said. The theater is back, “David” premiere. Ticket sales for summer concerts reach 90-95% of capacity. “If I could summarize how we feel right now, I’m just grateful. We continue to see sales growth that far exceeds what we had hoped for,” Miller. Tourism promotion company Discover Lancaster said the recovery is ahead of schedule. More than nine million people visited Lancaster County in 2021, up 2.2% from 2019. These visitors spent $2.3 billion in 2021, up 3.2%.” Everyone involved in the tourism economy here is very excited about what’s in store for them,” said Ed Harris of Discover Lancaster. Lancaster County is known as a place to drive. Those in the tourism industry say record high gas prices so far don’t seem to deter many visitors. “There are other places that are actually a lot more expensive,” Harris said. “Families continue to make weekend trips, day trips and the like, and it seems to be really helping the Lancaster tourism industry as a whole,” Miller said.

Tourism is a billion-dollar industry in Lancaster County, but it has been hit hard during the pandemic, with many attractions forced to close or limit capacity.

Now tourism is bouncing back despite the new challenge.

From live theaters and amusement parks to Pennsylvania Dutch cuisine and Amish culture, Lancaster County has always been a tourist destination.

“We have the opportunity to be right in the middle of all the surrounding big cities,” said Cathy Miller of Sight & Sound Theaters.

Sight & Sound was one of the attractions that fought the pandemic.

“We were just getting ready for the premiere of our brand new show, Queen Esther, and the day before the premiere we found out that we needed to close,” Miller said.

The theater is back, the premiere of “David”. Ticket sales for summer shows reach 90-95% of capacity.

“If I could summarize how we feel right now, I would be just grateful. We continue to see sales increase much more than we had hoped,” Miller said.

Tourism promotion company Discover Lancaster said the recovery is ahead of schedule.

More than nine million visitors visited Lancaster County in 2021, up 2.2% from 2019. These visitors spent $2.3…

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