Bethlehem looks ahead to Christmas tourism

Written by on September 7, 2020

Bethlehem looks ahead to Christmas tourism

By K.C. Lopez

September 7, 2020

Photo | K.C. Lopez / WLVR

Musikfest, Celtic Classic and now the annual Halloween parade were all called off because of COVID-19 related restrictions.

As WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, how will the Christmas City fair during its busiest tourism season?

The Earned Income Tax typically brings Bethlehem 10 to 12 million dollars each year. Without it, and related events that draw over a million tourists, the city is expecting a funding gap on its revenue side. 

Eric Evans is the city administrator.

“I don’t have a firm number but it is obviously a tremendous impact on not just the city of Bethlehem but across the Lehigh Valley. The restaurants, hotels, a lot of the events were talking about require — not require, but lend themselves to overnight stays or weekend stays, or even longer, and they feel the impact,” said Evans.

The full economic impact of the coronavirus won’t be clear until the end of the year. But as summer comes to a close, many are wondering how much the Christmas City and it’s typically bustling tourism season will be impacted. 

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