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About Erie, Pennsylvania

Located on beautiful Presque Isle Bay and Lake Erie, Erie County is a short drive from the major metropolitan areas of Buffalo, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Toronto via Interstates 79, 90 or scenic routes such as Route 5 (The Great Lakes Seaway Trail - An America’s Byway™) and Historic Pennsylvania Route 6. It is home to approximately 260,000 residents, making Erie the fifth largest city in Pennsylvania. A true gem of Lake Erie, the City of Erie is Pennsylvania’s only Great Lakes Port City and offers a wide range of fun, affordable things to do. Erie’s easy to navigate street system allows for little to no traffic headaches, making it effortless to get from point to point. Set your course for our welcoming shores and get ready for a stress-free, relaxing adventure.

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About VisitErie

Mission Statement: VisitErie is the leader of marketing Erie’s tourism industry and promoting its economic growth.

The Erie Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (EACVB) was formed as a division of the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce in 1961 and was formally named the “Erie Tourist and Convention Bureau”. The EACVB separated from the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce in July 2001 and became a stand-alone 501(c)6 organization. The Bureau was re-designated the official Tourism Promotion Agency for Erie County, and in October 2007, the Erie Area Convention & Visitors Bureau officially changed its name to VisitErie. Since its separation from the Erie Area Chamber of Commerce, VisitErie has taken on the responsibility for managing three visitor centers (I-90 Eastbound near OH/PA border, I-79 Northbound (near Edinboro) during the summer months, staff the Erie Visitor Center located inside the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, established a Convention Sales & Services Department, a Communications Department and the Erie Sports Commission.

As Erie County’s official Destination Marketing Organization, VisitErie strives to provide visitors and residents with the most up-to-date information on Erie’s tourism product through the annual Erie Visitors Guide, ‘Hello Erie’ trip planner app, the VisitErie.com website, social media channels and other relevant materials. Currently the organization is made up of the following departments: Marketing and Research, Partnership, Conventions, Communications and the Erie Sports Commission.

VisitErie's Impact on Tourism

Erie’s Tourism Industry

Erie’s tourism industry is the second largest in Erie County, annually generating over $1.2 billion in visitor spending and over 15,000 jobs. In addition to the busy summer season, VisitErie, its partners and supporters have transformed the Erie area into a four-season destination, offering fun affordable activities for all types of audiences.

Staff and Board of Directors

VisitErie Staff:

John Oliver, President and CEO, ext. 128
Emily Biddle, Director of Marketing and Research, ext. 149
Christine Temple, Director of Communications, ext. 136
Janice Friedrichsmeyer, Director of Partnership, ext. 132
Hannah Stancliff, Director of Convention Sales and Services, ext. 155

Erie Sports Commission Staff:

Mark Jeanneret, Executive Director, ext. 138
Ben Huggler, Event Services Director, ext. 131
Chris Rosato, Jr., Events and Marketing Manager, ext. 135

VisitErie Board of Directors:

Board Chair - Carla Higgins, ERIEBANK
Vice-Chair - Gus Pine, Bayfront Convention Center
Treasurer - Terry Cascioli, Decision Associates
Secretary - Elliott Ehrenreich, Phillips Lytle LLP
Past Chair - Brian Gorman, Waldameer Park and Water World

Troy Bingham, Erie Sports Center
Lisa Goddard-McGuirk, Gannon University
Matthew Greene, Presque Isle State Park, DCNR
Paul Leroux, Cobblestone Inn and Suites
Anne Lewis, Red Letter Hospitality
Aaron Loncki, City of Erie
Michael Malpiedi, iHeart Media Erie
Derek Martin, Erie International Airport
Vicke Marz, Victoria Inn

Monica Mazur, Courtyard Winery
David Poor, AAA East Central
Jennifer Reed, Relish Inc.
Brenda Sandberg, Erie Western-PA Port Authority
Chris Scott, Scott Enterprises
Brian Shank, Erie County Council
Jim Sparber, County of Erie
Karen Thomas, Pineapple Eddie Southern Bistro
Matthew White, Erie Events

Partner Spotlight

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at www.aa.com or www.united.com

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Second Annual Flower Festival at Port Farms

Join us in celebrating 125 years of Port Farms this season beginning in August! Our Flower Festival runs August 6th – September 11th (Friday – Sunday). Immerse yourself in five acres of vibrant sunflowers, zinnias, and (new this year) cosmos! Plan a day at the farm to pick beautiful bouquets, take pictures with an amazing backdrop, check out one of our new events, and enjoy your other favorite farm activities (wagon rides, slide mountain, pedal carts, and so much more)! Plus, enjoy brand new farm treats and drinks in our Beer Garden. There is something for everyone.

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John Russell Brewing Company Brew House & Restaurant

Local Craft Beer Brewery & Pub in Erie, PA! Featuring a large selection of craft beers, a wood-fired brick oven featuring fresh dough specialty pizzas & our open-view brewing environment makes for a unique experience! Reservations // Call 814.866.BEER (2337)
:: Full Menu, Wood-fired Brick Oven & Casual Pub Dining
:: Brewery & Craft Beer Pub
:: Craft Beers on Tap & Beer To-Go
:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
:: Online Ordering & Takeout
:: Beer To-Go
:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Local Eat & Pour Happy Hour!

Come check out 4-5-6 Happy Hour at Local Eat & Pour. Happy Hour runs from 4-6 in the bar area. Small plates are prepared daily from chef Mike until 5:00 when the full kitchen opens. Come hang out with us in our relaxing atmosphere, you will not find a better place to unwind than 4-5-6 happy hour at Local Eat & Pour!

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