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Groups can enjoy a trip on the Lehigh Gorge Steam Excursion in the Pocono Mountains, PA


something that positively effects their bottom line. Finally, all-inclusive pack- ages that include meals, meeting space, lodging and group activities help to make planning easy and affordable without the mystery of a la carte pric- ing.”


Jackson observes that, in his experi- ence, every group has budget con- cerns. “Planners are being asked to deliver more for less. Planners want the total experience of a destination for their attendees while staying within budget. Markets that seem to lead in budget concerns are government, med- ical, faith-based and family reunion groups. Not to say that the other mar- kets aren’t concerned, but bottom-line pricing can make or break a decision to select a destination for meetings and events.”


The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau works with planners and assists them in adhering to their budget and keep- ing overall costs down. Jackson explains, “We instruct planners who have flexible dates to ask the potential


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venue, ‘when do you need us?’ In other words, choosing a date and location that works for the venue can easily decrease costs and add instant value to the experience.”


He continues, “The Pocono Mountains Region has very narrow shoulder sea- sons when peak and peak-peak pricing does not rule. We tend to direct plan- ners to look at the week before Memorial Day, the first two weeks of June before school lets out, the week after Labor Day, and the first two weeks of November before Thanksgiving in order to get the best rates. We also assist in getting local expert speakers and farm-to-table menu ideas as another way of keeping costs down.”


Delaware County, PA


Boasting the sophistication of city life and the tranquility of the countryside, Delaware County is home to several nationally-known hotels, charming bed


and breakfasts and historic homes, a number of restaurants, wineries, brew- eries, bakeries, cafés and other eateries, and is just minutes from some of the area’s top attractions and shopping.


Guests can enjoy local parks, gardens and arboretums, relive history at the Brandywine Battlefield and Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, or catch a show at a Broadway-caliber theater. The Philadelphia Union plays professional soccer at Talen Energy Stadium, there are opportunities for outdoor recre- ation, plus there are world-class cultur- al destinations, such as the Brandywine River Museum of Art.


Steve Byrne is executive director for Destination Delco, the official tourism promotional agency of Delaware County, a neighboring suburb of Philadelphia. He notes that Delaware County’s attractiveness for meetings starts with its conveniently location along the I-95 and I-476 corridors.


“It’s a convenient drive from Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties, as


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