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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Harrisburg Tourism Study

The Tourism Study is out. The result - Harrisburg must brand itself as an attraction. Not bad advice, I suppose. But the article in the Patriot points out the real problem - no money to do any of this stuff. Note in particular that the centerpiece of the study conclusions - that we focus in heritage tourism - is met with the comment from the Reed crowd that plans for the African American Museum are on hold until funding can be found. Again, plans were announced over a year ago, complete with architectural drawings. But no timetable, no budget, no concrete details. Madness. I think the Emperor is naked.



Blogger hbggirl said...

The proposed way of funding the ideas in the study is a 1% increase in the hotel tax - so that they funding for the study is actually paid for by the tourists and not by tax paying residents.

May 25, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

yes, but as I read it, that amount was just over $300,000 per year. And Reed said there was no movement on the African American Museum funding.

I'm all for the hotel tax - that makes a lot of sense. A hotel tax isn't going to dissuade tourists, since they really won't see it until checkout.

May 26, 2006  
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