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News & Resources

Read PRLA’s press releases for our latest updates. We strive to be a resource for journalists and can provide you with the information you need in a timely manner. Contact Stephanie Otterson, director of communications, at (717) 963-8369 or, be sure to include your name, outlet, story topic, and deadline.

Fast facts about Pennsylvania hospitality & tourism

  • 25,846: Eating & drinking place locations in Pennsylvania in 2017
  • $21.5 Billion: Projected sales in Pennsylvania restaurants in 2017
  • 582,800: Restaurant and foodservice jobs in Pennsylvania in 2017 (equals 10 percent of employment in the state)
  • 127,000: Hotel rooms at 1,500 properties in Pennsylvania in 20175
  • 121,516: Hotel jobs in Pennsylvania in 2017

National industry breakdown


  • 1 million+ eating & drinking places nationwide
  • 15.1 million people employed by the restaurant industry
  • $800 billion of projected sales for 2017
  • Data provided by the National Restaurant Association


  • 54,200+ Hotel properties nationwide
  • 4.5 million people employed by the hotel industry
  • $1.1 trillion in hotel revenue, guest spending, and taxes contributed by U.S. hotel sales.
  • Data provided by the American Hotel & Lodging Association

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