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The Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau (CPCVB) is a nonprofit, membership-based organization committed to the fundamental principal that conventions and visitors can be more effectively attracted to our area through "coordinated group action" rather than independent action. The bureau's mission is to develop, promote, and engage in travel related activities and coordinate visitor services designed to enhance the economic activity and quality of life within the county and thereby contribute to the commonwealth.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau is, therefore, the county's single, most important destination marketing organization, projecting an image for our area into various targeted markets. Cities and towns worldwide are represented and marketed as vacation and meeting destinations by Convention and Visitors Bureaus. Your membership joins you to a network of business professionals who understand that travel and tourism are vital to the overall wealth and economic strength of the region.
To develop, promote, and engage in travel related activities and coordinate visitor services designed to enhance the economic activity and quality of life within the county and thereby contribute to the commonwealth.
Inspiring you to be as amazed by Happy Valley as we are.
Visitors to Centre County spent $794.2 million on tourism related expenses in 2017, which places Centre County in the top quarter of all Pennsylvania counties. The following chart explains how that money was spent broken down by categories.
Tourism spending supports 5,049 tourism related jobs in 2017
Raised $41.5 million in state & local taxes, saving each Centre County household $719 in taxes in 2017
Raised $36.4 million in federal taxes in 2017
The Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center is a state-of-the-art Visitor Center with staff servicing hundreds of visitors, as well as local residents, each day. Guests can find out what's happening in the area and pick up brochures on Central PA Businesses, attractions and outdoor recreation. The pet-friendly Center features state-of-the-art interactive tourism network kiosks, wireless internet service, a large brochure/information area, an exhibit gallery, auditorium, retail, vending area. The Center is open and staffed seven days a week.