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Pocono tourism expected to increase in next 5 years

CEO of the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau (PMVB), Carl Wilgus, understands that 25 million people visit resorts in the area each year and spend over $3 billion, but he believes that those numbers can increase.

Wilgus expects those numbers to grow by 10% to 15% in the next five years. In fact, this potential growth is what fuels over $500 million in construction projects that are underway in the Poconos.

Camelback Mountain Resort is undergoing a $163 million expansion that includes both a water park and hotel

Blue Mountain Ski Area and spending $25 to build a hotel with indoor water park.

Pocono Manor is getting a convention center and mountain resort that will cost $350 million and is being developed by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions.

PMVB believes that number of visitors to the Pocono mountain region will increase because of its close proximity to the number one (New York) and number four (Philadelphia) tourism markets along the East Coast.

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