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National Travel and Tourism Week plans are announced!!!






Plans are underway for the 2017 National Travel & Tourism Week scheduled for May 7-13, 2017.  The Indiana County Tourist Bureau has planned a week-long celebration to bring awareness to the remarkable impact tourism provides for local jobs and economic growth potential. 


“Just look at the numbers.  Travel supports one in nine American jobs, including nearly 1500 jobs here in our county,” noted Denise Liggett, Executive Director of the tourist bureau.  “The celebration emphasizes what travel means to our community, and we call on everyone—from elected officials to local residents—to join us in recognizing this important industry.”


Our theme this year, “Faces of Travel,” shines a spotlight on the people behind the scenes who are the first point of contact when visitors arrive.  Tourism employs a diverse workforce here, from the Jimmy Stewart Airport fuel manager to the front desk hotel clerks, and food service workers in restaurants .

Tourism spending in Indiana County last recorded over $175 million from our lodging establishments, restaurants, souvenir shops, gas stations, museums, recreation and entertainment venues,  while trickle-down figures support further sales to other local industries.


Local celebrations planned by the tourist bureau include: 

  • Daily Facebook posts entitled “Faces of Travel”  beginning April 19th
  • Over 300 Mini Christmas trees representing tourism partners displayed on the Indiana Courthouse lawn from May 7-13th 
  • Mingle at Founders Gallery & Gifts on May 10th from 5:30-7:30pm highlighting the Wooden Quilt Project Display featuring refreshments and door prizes  
  • On May 10th, as part of the Mingle, there will be a WalkWorks Blairsville history tour led by Ed Patterson at the Blairsville Riverfront Trail commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Indiana County Parks & Trails


Check back here or on social media for updates.   Wooden Quilt Project Display flyers will be at the Mingle and the Tourist Bureau office at the Indiana Mall. 

April 18, 2017   1 Comment

ICTB Newsletter Now Available!

Included in the “Tourism Tidbits” newsletter are highlights from January, February and March PLUS important information about upcoming tourism happenings! Click HERE to read a copy today!

April 17, 2017   No Comments

Learn More About Indiana County Parks & Trails!

Announcing Exciting News:

The Indiana County Parks & Trails 50th Anniversary Flipbook, the Ghost Town Trail Guidebook and the Hoodlebug Trail Guidebook are ALL now available ONLINE!

Visit the Indiana County Parks & Trails website to view the books and read them online today!

March 27, 2017   No Comments


Tourism Spotlight

ICTB shares exciting news regarding the photo contest, knotweed, softball tournament, and the county parks.

Excerpt from their newsletter:

“New Photo Contest for Indiana County!

Hear those shutters clicking? In celebration of tourism in Indiana County, the Indiana County Tourist

Bureau is conducting an online photo contest beginning March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018. We

are looking for residents and visitors to capture what they feel represents tourism in this county. Suggested

photo subjects include: Attractions, Events, Outdoor Activities, Architecture and Scenic Landscapes.

Winners will receive a gift certificate or promotional item courtesy of ICTB or from one of our

members. Each quarter, a new winner will be selected whose photo best depicts one of the tourism subjects.

All photos must be in good taste and taken within the county lines. For a complete list of Photo

Contest Rules and to submit your unique, dynamic and even quirky photos that reflect the beauty and

tourism in this county, visit ICTB’s website beginning March 1, 2017.


Knotweed Makes the Big Time!

Part of ICTB’s mission to bring media attention to our region includes sending our Group Sales Associate

Maria Jack to the annual Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Media Marketplace

held this year in Maryland. Jack connected with a writer reporting on a unique story, “cooking with invasivores”.

This chance meeting provided the perfect opportunity to share the fascinating aspects of the

prolific Knotweed plant found in Indiana County. The journalist was amazed to hear of the many uses of

the weed showcased at the annual Knotweed Festival including jellies, muffins and lip balm. The weed

peaked the writer’s interest and had him eagerly seeking further information. The Tourist Bureau connected

the writer with BCDC member Carol Persichetti, who provided the story details he needed. The

invasivore story was featured in the January issue of Eastern Home & Travel. The magazine covers eastern

United States, from Maine to Florida, and provides a blend of our country’s earliest history and

contemporary, cosmopolitan living. It is an exciting accomplishment for the Tourist Bureau to share that

Blairsville of Indiana County PA, is now among the many locations highlighted in this high-end travel

magazine for all to read and be intrigued.


Harley Brings It Back!

Try this summer softball cocktail: Take 10,000 visitors, 260+ teams, 32 softball fields, stir in some local restaurants,

convenience stores, hotels, and attractions and what do you get? The three ICSST/USSSA Fast Pitch

Tournaments being held again in Indiana County this June! The 12th annual tournament held over three separate

weekends provides an opportunity to showcase our entire county, our university and provide an economic

impact to the area businesses that is immeasurable. The showcase tournament also acts as a college recruitment

event, which attracts college bound players and coaches from numerous states and Canada. The Tourist

Bureau has been working hard with Indiana’s lead organizer, Tom Harley, and our local hotels to ensure all visitors

are welcomed and provided with local information to make their visit one that will bring attending staff and

families back for a return visit.


Tourist Bureau Showcases 50th Anniversary of County Parks

As a desirable destination for recreation and relaxation, our beautiful and well-kept county parks and trails enhance

the quality of life for all residents of the area. We want to share our appreciation for the Indiana County

Parks & Trails by offering fun, informative, and interactive postings on Facebook. Be on the lookout for the posts

on ICTB’s FB page for a chance to win gift certificates and prizes! Celebrations and special events will take

place throughout this anniversary year, so watch for announcements on our website calendar, email blasts, and

social media. To learn more about Indiana County Parks & Trails, visit their website at”

Click here to read the entire newsletter.

March 20, 2017   No Comments

NCDMM Summit at Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort & Conference Center on May 3 & 4

National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machinery Summit is NCDMMs  premier annual event for:

  • Encouraging collaboration and partnerships among manufacturers, government, industry, and academia to advance manufacturing capabilities and technologies
  • Networking with over 200 attendees with dynamic speakers and innovative discussion 
  • Showcasing cutting edge and current trends in manufacturing and defense
  • Building relationships through a relaxing day on one of Pennsylvania’s best public golf courses


For complete information and registration, go to:

February 23, 2017   No Comments

Winter Newsletter Released

Read about highlights from October, November and December in our Winter Newsletter!

Click HERE to view to newsletter!

December 30, 2016   No Comments

Try Indiana County! Think, Live & Buy Local!


Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season?

There’s great news – you don’t need to search any further than your own backyard!  

Discover amazing offerings in Indiana County when you shop locally this holiday season.

Click here to read the top 10 reasons you should buy local.  Find out how you can benefit from local shopping this holiday season.

November 4, 2016   No Comments

“It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival receives Great Reviews!

Images Below Courtesy of Johnstown Magazine.

Additional Reviews on the “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival:

“You gave me a wonderful time in your county.  You went above and beyond to ensure we had a perfect time.  Your efforts did not go unnoticed. Thanks again.”

Nancy M. on the Fernung Tour from  Tipton County. Indiana


“Thanks for being such a wonderful host! We really lucked out with you and Carol. I didn’t realize that you wouldn’t be joining us on Sunday, otherwise I would have said good-bye to you Saturday night. The cards with the group photo were really sweet, and a nice surprise!”

Jennifer A. from Quakertown, PA


“Everyone had a wonderful time, thanks to all the extra effort you put into our group.  Believe me it didn’t go unnoticed.  I have done this enough to realize all the little extra things take a lot of time  & effort. Everyone was so surprised It was a perfect Mystery Trip.  I know I will do well on my next one because this was such a success.  I told you we would bring good weather & it was perfect when we were there.  There was just enough chill in the air for the parade to make it festive. Thanks for the ornaments, all the pictures the extra snacks, floats, tree & decorations and for setting up so many sites.  Everything was greatly appreciated.”



June 10, 2016   No Comments

Invitation to Join Tourist Bureau – Become a Member TODAY!

Not a member yet of the Tourist Bureau?  Find out why NOW is the perfect time to join!


The Travel and Tourism industry spending in Indiana County amounts to over $170 million and accounts for more than 1,400 jobs countywide.    Visitors spend discretionary dollars when visiting the area for business, sporting events, conventions, reunions, IUP events, etc.  The bureau partners with Pennsylvania Association of Travel & Tourism, the Center for Economic Operations, and the 422 Co-Op Group to work together towards a common goal: the economic development and promotion of Indiana County’s attributes.


We invite all area business to become members of the tourist bureau and take advantage of networking and promotion opportunities from within and outside the region.  The Indiana County Tourist Bureau offers memberships to businesses, restaurants, attractions, non-profit groups, clubs, organizations, one-time events, as well as individuals.


Members receive the following benefits:

1.  Web Listing – List your organization on our website.  Include photo, and product or service description.

2.  Event Promotion – Members can place their events on our online calendar of events, in our printed

yearly calendar,  and events email blast!

3.   Listing in the Official Indiana County Visitor Guide – 100,000 copies are printed and distributed.

Advertising opportunities are available in the Visitors Guide and online. The Visitors Guide is distributed

throughout the region and Pennsylvania including county-wide Brochure Racks, Nationwide

Distribution Services, AAA offices, and Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland Turnpike Rest

Areas; Trade and Travel Shows, Fairs and Festivals, on-line sites and toll-free call requests.

4.   Industry News:  Receive newsletter updates of businesses in the area.

5.   Networking Opportunities:  Network at monthly Mingles and special events throughout the year.

6.   County Distribution of Printed Marketing Collateral: Free distribution of member marketing materials.


New members receive a 10% discount off the yearly fee, when you complete your membership by December 31, 2015.    Don’t miss this opportunity to be in the new 2016-2017 Visitor Guide. 

October 12, 2015   No Comments