Tourism

Gettysburg Battlefield.

 

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


Marketing

Destination Gettysburg spends 80 percent of its budget on marketing the destination to visitors. Its marketing efforts include a website (www.destinationgettysburg.com) 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

Sep 25, 2018

The Future of Adams County's Workforce
The Future of Adams County's Workforce in the Robert C. Hoffman Community Room at HACC-Gettysburg Campus, 7:30am

Oct 3, 2018

October 2018 County Connections Program
County Connections: Helping you build connections throughout Adams County. The program will take place at the Harbaugh-Thomas Library, 59 W. York St., Biglerville, PA. Registration and lunch, begins at 11:30am.

Oct 18, 2018

October 2018 Membership Mixer
Membership Mixer at Under the Horizon, 4:30-6:30pm

Oct 25, 2018

ACBizCon
ACBizCon at the Inn at Herr Ridge, 8am-Noon or 12:30-4pm

Nov 7, 2018

99th Annual Meeting
99th Annual Meeting at The Links at Gettysburg, 5:30-7:30pm

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