The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show was expected to bring $44 million in direct spending to the region, according to the Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau.
Now that the show has been postponed — with no reschedule date set, and none imminent — many hotels and restaurants could be in for a difficult winter.
“This is a hard time of the year to fill hotels,” said Rick Dunlap, a spokesman for the bureau. “A lot of these hoteliers relied on this show to make their budget for the early part of the year.”
The $44 million in direct spending the bureau projects does not include secondary expenses that also bring money to the region, like sales at gas stations or for supplies.
The show, billed as the largest outdoor sports show in the state, was to have more than 1,400 vendors. Many of those vendors traveled from out of the area and would have needed hotel rooms for the show’s week-long run.
– Published by the Patriot News January 24, 2013