BENSALEM, PA—The official tourism agency for Bucks County,Visit Bucks County, reports that county's hoteloccupancy rate in the first quarter rose 9.4%.

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The county's $877.3-milion tourism sector also saw hotel RevPAR(revenue per available room) rise 2% during the first three monthsof this year and hotel revenue up a rather hearty 10.2%.

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The Visit Bucks County reports that tourism in Bucks Countygenerates $877.3 million in local economic impact, $117 million infederal, state and local taxes, and supports 11,637 jobslocally.

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More than 100 members of Bucks County's tourism and hospitalityindustry gathered at the Centre Bridge Inn in NewHope, PA on Tuesday to celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week.Visit Bucks County distributed more than $180,000 in grants andhanded out awards to: Hospitality Leadership Award: MichaelConti, New Hope Winery; Guest ServicesExcellence Award: Harold Mitchener,Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation; RisingStar Award: David Peoples, Hampton InnDoylestown; Community Service Award: Sesame PlaceCares; and the Dedicated Partner Award: EveMoody, Shady Brook Farm.

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John Jordan

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