The local tourism industry continues to bounce back from the recession and is at an all-time high.
Statistics show tourism industry spending in York County grew to $885 million in 2012 -- the most recent figures available, said Anne Druck, president of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
That's up from $850 million in 2011 and $753 million in 2010.
"We're pleased with the numbers from 2012. It was a good year for us," she said.
Druck credited new events, such as White Rose Thunder and athletic tournaments, with the increase.
The strongest month for tourism in 2012 was July, when the county hosted the Blue Chip Basketball tournament, she said.
The CVB won't receive statistics for 2013 until the end of this year, but she predicts July will again have been a good month.
More than 400 events were held between June 28 and July 7 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, giving a boost to local hotels and restaurants.
"What also helped us was the Fourth of July falling on a Thursday. More people visited the county both the weekend before and the weekend after," Druck said.
She predicts 2013 tourism spending will be higher than that in 2012, and 2014 will best 2013 numbers.
"We've got some good events in the pipeline that will bring in new visitors," Druck said.
July will again play an important role, she said.
More than 2,000 emergency responders from the United States and Canada will compete in the Can-Am Police-Fire Games from Sunday, July 13 through Sunday, July 20 at more than 30 venues throughout York County.
The Olympic-style event is expected to attract $4 million in local tourism spending.
"It's the first time a Pennsylvania city hosted the international event, so we're expecting a big crowd," Druck said.
Also a large draw for the county are the train collector's events that happen twice annually -- in April and October -- and attract 15,000 to 18,000 visitors each time, she said.
Other events that draw big crowds include Street Rod Nationals East Plus, Order of the Eastern Star, softball tournaments, a volleyball tournament, swimming championships, a bowling competition and more.
"We definitely have some big events we're looking forward to," Druck said.
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