The speaker we had last week was Chris Barrett of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.  Chris shared some interesting information about our region and the work his organization has been doing. 
28-29million people visit the poconos each year
$4.2billion in revenue flows into the area thanks to the hospitality business
65% of the labor income in the area is related to tourism
82% occupancy rate on avg annual
62% occupancy rate recently during the pandemic
 
The  Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau has done some great work intended to help from organizing cleanup efforts to fight litter, to their great commercials that air in many major markets to the Pocono3C Program which focuses on hiring homeless people in recovery to do some of the cleanup work in the area.
 
Chris shared that he is a former Rotarian. That he loves the organization and hopes to join us in the future.