2:23 min June 03, 2024

Pennsylvania Governor Shapiro in the Poconos

Watch how the governor kicked off the launch of Pennsylvania's new tourism brand, "Pennsylvania: The Great American Getaway," at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville.

Governor Josh Shapiro arrived at Barley Creek Brewing Company in Tannersville by RV to kick off his statewide, week-long tour across 14 Pennsylvania counties, including various stops in the Pocono Mountains! It’s all to celebrate the launch of Pennsylvania’s new tourism brand titled “Pennsylvania: The Great American Getaway.”

“Tourism is big business here in the Commonwealth. The industry contributes $77 billion to our economy, and half a million fellow Pennsylvanians work in tourism. We wanted to launch the brand campaign here in NEPA because you have it all: amazing eateries like right here at Barley Creek, skiing, outdoor recreation, and much more. They’re doing a great job here at Barley Creek by being sustainable and creating delicious products right here in the Commonwealth. It’s an amazing place both indoors and out to congregate, and it’s a four-seasons area,” said Governor Josh Shapiro.

Lt. Governor Austin Davis and Secretary Rick Siger of the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) also visited Barley Creek, an award-winning stop on the Pocono Beverage Trail, to enjoy a brewery tour and friendly game of wiffle ball. 

“This region really epitomizes what we’re trying to do in terms of tourism, is an example of how much Pennsylvania truly has to offer, and how centrally located we are to other states. We hope this raises awareness and encourages non-Pennsylvanians to come and enjoy all the great things we have to offer,” added Lt. Governor Austin Davis.

“The Poconos has it all. To me, an avid outdoorsman, it’s all about the outdoors. You have skiing, hiking, whitewater rafting. These are all things I like to do, and the Poconos is a globally terrific destination for all those activities,” said Secretary Rick Siger, Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED).

The First Family made 50 stops across more than a dozen Pennsylvania counties during their week-long RV tour, including Lake Wallenpaupack and Camelback Resort