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Millions of people from around the world visit Gettysburg and Adams County each year for its rich Civil War history, breathtaking countryside, outdoor recreation, family fun and the dozens of national events taking place in all corners of the region. 

Economic Impact of Tourism - Gettysburg and Adams County, Pa.

Annual Visitation 

Gettysburg National Military Park 1.2 million 

Adams County 3.4 million


Visitor Demographics*

Average length of trip 1.32 days

Percentage of International Visitors 2.5%

Average age 53 years

Average spent on trip $540.45

Visitors spent $666 million in 2014.

Nearly 60 percent of visitors spend the night on a trip to Adams County, with the average length of stay at 1.32 nights. More than 16% of those visitors are spending three nights or more.

51.9 percent of Adams County visitors are repeat visitors, meaning they’ve traveled to the destination before.

11 percent have been to the region more than 20 times

7,550 jobs supported by tourism in Adams County

$810 average amount in taxes each resident benefits from tourism

88.2 percent of visitors are here for leisure, meaning that the Gettysburg area is part of a family vacation.

*Research conducted by California University of Pennsylvania’s Tourism Studies program

Rooms in Adams County

Hotels and Motels 2,252

Inns and Guest Houses 332

Campground Tent/RV Sites 1,624

Campground Cabins 135


Destination Gettysburg spends 80 percent of its budget on marketing the destination to visitors. Its marketing efforts include a website ( that receives more than three million page views annually, a visitors guide that is distributed to over 300,000 people, along with media, social media and group sales efforts.


Adams County’s Lodging Tax

Current Rate: 5 percent

Distribution: Adams County receives the first 4.5% as an administrative fee.The remainder is then split between the county government (12.5%), qualifying local municipalities (12.5%) and Destination Gettysburg (75%). Qualifying municipalities are those that have both lodging properties and a full-time police department.

Amount Collected in 2013: $2,507,776

In 2013, the Destination Gettysburg received a total of $1,788,502. The Adams County government received $393,084 and qualifying municipalities received the following:

• Berwick Township $2,657

• Borough of Carroll Valley $19,793

• Cumberland Township $110,654

• Borough of East Berlin $1,226

• Borough of Fairfield $1,425

• Borough of Gettysburg $159,170

• Borough of New Oxford $1,776

• Reading Township $823

Note: Adams County’s lodging tax was created by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 2001, and updated in 2012.

Amusement Tax

In 2011, $610,543.91 in Amusement Taxes were collected throughout Adams County. These taxes are levied on museums, attractions, campsites and tours in numerous municipalities. In many cases, this tax is split between the local government and the local school district.

This tax, similar to the lodging tax, is heavily supported by tourism and the more than 3 million visitors to Adams County.

Information courtesy of Destination Gettysburg

Chamber Events

Jan 29, 2019

January 2019 County Connections Luncheon
County Connections: Helping you build connections throughout Adams County. The lunch program will take place at East Berlin Area Community Center, 405 North Ave., East Berlin, PA. Registration and lunch begins at 11:30am.

Feb 21, 2019

February 2019 Membership Mixer
Membership Mixer at Transitions Healthcare Gettysburg, 5-7pm

Mar 15, 2019

2019 Legislative Luncheon
Annual Legislative Luncheon in the ballroom at Gettysburg Hotel est. 1797, 11:30am

Mar 21, 2019

March 2019 Membership Mixer
Membership Mixer at Southern Commonwealth Associates - Thrivent Financial, 5-7pm

Apr 16, 2019

2019 Economic Outlook Luncheon
Economic Outlook Luncheon in the Refectory at United Lutheran Seminary, 11:30am

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