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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Positive Outlook For 2012 Summer Season In The Pocono Mountains
Upcoming Season Filled with New Attractions and Life's Greater Than Icons
"On the heels of an early start to the spring season, this summer looks to be a one of our best yet, with good weather and effective advertising, the Pocono Mountains is poised to have increases in overall economic impact and visitation," stated Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. "Our location, 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia, is positioned well for a close-to-home, value-laden summer destination."
The region is experiencing an abundance of new additions. Outdoor adventure opportunities are expanding, with the new 4,000 foot zip-flyer at CBK Mountain Adventures already in operation and the new mountain coaster to open mid-July. Camelbeach and CBK Mountain Adventures are already 10,000 visits ahead of last year and look to be on the verge of having a record breaking summer. Mount Airy Casino Resort debuts a brand new, golf clubhouse and Summer Concert Series and a jam-packed lineup of celebrity appearances, including New Jersey Housewife, Teresa Giudice. More adventure sport races are scheduled bringing in tens of thousands of visitors, including Hero Rush, Ragnar Relay and the Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains.
Summer travel outlook for the Pocono Mountains is on par with projections from AAA Travel Services as 42.3 million Americans are projected to journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 4.9 percent increase over last year. The Pocono Mountains is 75 miles from Philadelphia and New York City. The expected 2012 Independence Day holiday travel volume will tie the past decade's previous high mark set in 2007 and represents a near 42 percent increase from 2009. The Independence Day holiday travel period is defined as Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8.
Pocono Mountains resorts and attractions are also reporting higher numbers than last year and anxious for a successful summer season.
To learn more about summer happenings in the Pocono Mountains, visit 800poconos.com.
About the Pocono Mountains | Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities. This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains. Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.
Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at 800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667). Follow PoconoTourism on Facebook and Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania, striving to promote, educate and attract visitors to the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Additionally, the Bureau aims to keep its' members abreast to the latest in regulation, changes in the industry and business development in the Pocono Mountains.
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