Civil War 150 events and new shuttle service will benefit area hotels in PA’s Hershey Harrisburg Region.  Local tourism bureau, museum and transportation partner announce convenient shuttle service for visitors and residents attending the historic Gettysburg 150 event this summer.

Harrisburg, PA – The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) today announced a shuttle service will run daily from the National Civil War Museum (NCWM) in Harrisburg to the National Park Service Museum and Visitors Center in Gettysburg from June 28-July 7, 2013.

The NCWM and Premiere #1 Limousine partnered with HHRVB to provide this daily service that will help Dauphin County hotel partners add value and convenience to Civil War 150 overnight package deals. The shuttle will also be available to the public for $33.50 per person with complimentary parking at the NCWM. Tickets can be purchased thru a link on the bureau’s Civil War 150 page and include a free ticket to the NCWM that will be valid  throughout the summer.

“We are anticipating a significant increase in room demand in the Hershey Harrisburg Region during the ten days when Gettysburg is overrun with record-breaking numbers of Civil War enthusiasts, families, and history buffs coming to commemorate this year’s momentous 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg,” said Mary Smith, President of HHRVB. “We become an ideal location for visitors who either can’t get rooms in Gettysburg or who simply want to avoid the chaos in that area during the event.

“The shuttle service will reduce the individual car traffic that is a primary concern for Gettysburg event planners,” said Douglas Rydbom, CEO of Premiere #1 Limousine Service. “We feel that there is great opportunity for local hotels, restaurants and attractions to take advantage of a sold-out Gettysburg, especially from June 28, 2013 through July 7, 2013.”

Gettysburg tourism officials are expecting 250,000 people to attend the special event this summer and with approximately 2,500 hotel rooms in Adams County, there will be significant overflow into surrounding areas. Dauphin County has more than 8,000 hotel rooms. That influx of people translates into a 10-15 percent bump in room demand in Dauphin County during a peak season when hotel occupancy is historically 70-80 percent.