Public hearing on SB 721 (Tourism Promotion Fund)

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.

East Wing, Hearing Room 8E-A

 

Hearing Objective: To gather information on the current tax collection practices of online travel companies, as well as to discuss how Senate Bill 721 would apply to online travel companies and if such changes in law are needed.

 

10:00 a.m.           Opening Remarks and Introduction

Panel One
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Amy Gill, Deputy Secretary for Tax Policy

Panel Two
Visit Philadelphia, Fritz Smith, Vice President of Research and Industry Relations – Additional Testimony
Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Chris Barrett, President & CEO
Kalahari Resorts, Don Pleau, General Manager

Panel Three
The Travel Technology Association (TravelTech), Steve Shur, President
Expedia, Inc., Joseph Montano, Government Affairs Manager, Northeast

Panel Four
Marriott International, Thomas J. Maloney, Senior Director, Government Affairs

Final Questions & Answers/Closing Remarks

12 Noon
Hearing Adjournment

Written Testimony 1
Written Testimony 2

HB 782

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Off the Floor


House Bill 782 (Nesbit), PN. 1680, amends Title 4 (Amusements) to expedite PGCB approval requirements for businesses that provide nongaming goods and services to casinos.
Summary

Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) Programs and Partners

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Hearing Room #1 NOB

 

10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introduction

 Panel One

 10:15 a.m.          Sheri R. Collins, Deputy Secretary, Office of Technology & Innovation, PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED)

 10:20 a.m.         Pamela Shupp, President, Pennsylvania Economic Development Association (PEDA)

Panel Two

10:35 a.m.           Chuck Leonard, Executive Director, Pocono Mountains Economic Development Corporation

10:40 a.m.           John W. Biemiller, Vice President, Economic Development Company of Lancaster County

Panel Three

 10:55 a.m.             Eric Joseph Esoda, President & CEO, Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC)

11:00 a.m.             Jill Foys, Executive Director, Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission

11:15 a.m.               Final Questions & Answers/Closing Remarks

11:30 a.m.              Hearing Adjournment

Written Testimony

Christian Conroy

Tourism Industry in PA

Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
9:00 a.m.
Hearing Room #1 NOB

 

Tourism Industry in PA

Hearing Objective: To receive testimony on the importance of Pennsylvania’s tourism industry and its economic impact on the economy, as well as to receive input on tourism funding.

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks and Introduction

Panel One

9:15 a.m.   

PA Department of Community & Economic Development, DCED, Carrie Lepore, Deputy Secretary of Marketing and Tourism and Film

9:30 a.m.

Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PLRA), John Longstreet, President & CEO

Panel Two

9:45 a.m.

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, Chris Barrett, President & CEO

10:00 a.m. 

Kalahari Resorts, Don Pleau, General Manager 

Panel Three 

10:15 a.m.

Visit Philadelphia,Jim Werner, VP. of Hotel Industry Relations & Tourism Development, and Paula Butler, EVP / VP of Communications.

10:30 a.m.

Visit Hershey/Harrisburg, Mary Smith, President & CEO

10:45 a.m.

Final Questions & Answers/Closing Remarks

11:00 a.m.

Hearing Adjournment