State unveils revamped tourism website, new travel guide during DCED On the Road

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A look at the redesigned VisitPA.com website. The site was unveiled during the first day of DCED On the Road, an initiative funded by Team PA.

First Lady Susan Corbett unveiled today the redesigned visitPA.com website and announced the release of the 2013 edition of the “Best of PA” travel guide.

The announcement came in the Poconos on the first day of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation-funded DCED On the Road, a series of over 50 events across Northeast Pennsylvania to discuss Governor Corbett’s plans for economic growth, job creation and community development.

Mrs. Corbett said the revised visitPA.com features new travel content to make road trip planning easier and more interactive. With more than two million visitors using visitPA.com as a travel destination resource in 2012, the website plays a critical role in connecting travelers to Pennsylvania’s diverse attractions.

“As Pennsylvania’s First Tourist, I’m excited to participate in today’s announcement to launch a redesign of visitPA.com,” First Lady Corbett said.  “The new website will make it easier for travelers to explore Pennsylvania just in time for the spring and summer travel season.”

VisitPA.com now welcomes visitors with a fresh homepage featuring an interactive state map and connections to 44 regional road trips. For the first time, vacationers can seamlessly plan a getaway using BookDirect, a free tool that allows visitors to quickly determine hotel rates and make lodging reservations immediately. New features on beer, wine and food are just a taste of the new site content, and group travelers can now access direct links to information on meetings, conventions and group tours.

“We invite visitors to experience the history, adventure, diversity and splendor of the commonwealth through our new website,” said Carolyn Newhouse, deputy secretary for Innovation & Investment at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). “Whether you are looking for iconic attractions, world-class museums or recreational opportunities, visitPA.com is the ultimate resource to inspire travel to Pennsylvania.”

First Lady Susan Corbett announces the state has refreshed its tourism website, visitpa.com, during the first day of DCED On the Road in Northeast PA. Tourism generated $34 billion for Pennsylvania’s economy in 2012.

Newhouse added that tourism is a major economic driver in the commonwealth.

“Last year we had 179 million travelers come through our state; they generated $34 billion in revenue for us,” Newhouse said. “So, the Pocono Mountains and our many partners across Pennsylvania certainly are an integral part of that success.”

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office also released today its 2013 “Best of Pennsylvania” Vacation Guide to help travelers explore the state’s most popular destinations and regional roundups focused on Trip Tips, Not-to-Miss lists and Kidsylvania ideas. The cover pays tribute to Gettysburg and Pennsylvania’s 150th commemoration of the Civil War, in addition to features on “State of the Art” and the State Games of America hosted in Pennsylvania this summer.

DCED representatives will spend three days, March 25 – 27, traveling throughout Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties, visiting successful projects, and meeting with community, economic development and tourism partners. Team PA is funding the field visits on behalf of its public sector partners.

Follow the ongoing conversation and all that’s happening during DCED On the Road on Twitter at #DCEDontheroad.

The “Best of Pennsylvania” guide is available online at visitpa.com/pa-vacation-guide or by calling 1-800-VISIT PA.

For more information on Pennsylvania tourism, go to visitPA.com or call (800) VISIT PA; become a fan at facebook.com/visitPA, follow us attwitter.com/visitPA, share photos at pinterest.com/visitPA, friend us at foursquare.com/visitPA, or watch us on youtube.com/visitPA.

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