This is destination gettysburg
In the early 1950s, ninety years after the epic Civil War swept through this small town of carriage makers, a handful of the community’s business leaders gathered to determine ways to work with one another, to pull together resources, to promote Gettysburg and Adams County to tourists. This small gathering was the platform for what would later become one of the community’s most influential organizations.
First incorporated as the Gettysburg Travel Council in 1955, and years later, the Gettysburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, the now Destination Gettysburg is the official destination marketing organization in Adams County and is largely responsible for the success of tourism as the top industry in the region.
Destination Gettysburg markets the destination to leisure travelers, group travelers, meetings and conferences, retreats, reunions and events. Its team – under the direction of Norris Flowers, President – includes marketing and sales professionals, public relations and social media representatives as well as a staff of visitor information personnel to assist visitors before and during their visit to Adams County, Pa.
Meet the Destination Gettysburg Team
Its $2 million budget is largely funded by the county’s lodging tax, a levy self-imposed by the industry itself to avoid the burden on local taxpayers. A portion of the tax is distributed to county and local government to offset the limited costs associated with tourism in the community.
Learn How the Lodging Tax Works
Today, tourism is a $671 million industry in Adams County, generating $130 million in taxes to local, state and federal governments; and supporting 7,600 jobs in the county. Its membership of 300 businesses and organizations enable Gettysburg to market the destination as a well-rounded experience to a variety of travelers.
The organization’s reach is global, targeting not only travelers in the United States, but hitting key international markets such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, China and Australia.
Destination Gettysburg is a strong organization with decades of success, all built upon the collaborative strength of the tourism industry, dating back to that handful of business leaders who first sat down more than 60 years ago to build the foundation for a vibrant industry that would benefit one another, the community as a whole, local governments and citizens themselves.