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"Staycations" in Pennsylvania

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 2, 2012 6:12 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Tuesday, July 3:

Where is  your favorite leisure travel destination in Pennsylvania?   If you had to choose one place to visit in the Keystone State -- where would it be?  Would you choose to travel to a city like Philadelphia or Pittsburgh, historic sites such as Gettysburg or Valley Forge or maybe out in the woods where there's camping and swimming?  A state park or a place like Raystown Lake might fit the bill.

The Great Recession and the ongoing sluggish economy prompted many vacationers to choose to stay closer to home in order to not spend as much money.  The word "Staycation" became part of the lexicon.  Staycations meant taking day trips or traveling to a destination that was within driving distance.

When gas prices rose to nearly four dollars a gallon this spring, research indicated more travelers would be opting for staycations.  Gasoline doesn't cost as much right now, but a recent survey by TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, shows vacation plans haven't changed a whole lot.

Pennsylvania has dozens of places that would be great vacation or staycation destinations.  We'll talk about them on Tuesday's program.

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In the meantime, please answer these questions for use on the program:

  • Where are your favorite lesiure travel destinations in Pennsylvania?
  • What are the places you would like to visit that you haven't yet?

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Appearing Tuesday's RST:

Carolyn Newhouse, Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Investment, Department of Community & Economic Development

Rob Fulton, President/CEO, Pennsylvania Association of Travel and Tourism

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