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Pennsylvania Dutch region to host 2013 GOF Conference

Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Dutch Country CVB

The Going on Faith Conference heads to Pennsylvania in 2013 to enjoy one of America’s best-known religious heritage destinations, the historic Pennsylvania Dutch region.  Going On Faith Conference CEO Joe Cappuzzello and Pennsylvania Dutch CVB president and CEO Chris Barrett made the announcement in early December.

“It will be a real pleasure to welcome Going On Faith and its attendees to Lancaster in 2013, during early fall when the region’s beauty and hospitality are equally inviting,” said Barrett. “Going On Faith and Lancaster County are a perfect fit, and we’re honored and excited to work with the entire conference team in making the 2013 event a memorable one.”

“This is an ideal conference site for us in many ways,” said Cappuzzello.  “The Pennsylvania Dutch region is an iconic group destination known for its cultural and scenic appeal.  Our attendees will have the chance to familiarize themselves with one of America’s foremost religious heritage areas.  We’re very excited about this location for our 2013 conference.”

Lancaster County, the Pennsylvania Dutch CVB and its members are all excited about making plans to host America’s premier faith-based travel conference, which takes place on Sept. 4-6, 2013.  The host site for the conference will be the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton – Lancaster and the Willow Valley Inn & Suites.

Formerly the Willow Valley Resort & Conference Center, the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton underwent a $9 million renovation to become two separate properties in May 2010.  The dual setting of these properties lets guests enjoy access to the full amenities of both venues, including an on-site chapel and nearly 16,000 total square feet of flexible conference space that’s been modernized and retrofitted with the latest audiovisual equipment.

With a history steeped in religious freedom, Lancaster is a natural and inspirational destination for faith-based travelers every year. Conference attendees will be treated to a special event featuring the epic stories and original productions offered by Sight and Sound Theatre.

Lancaster County also features a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, with many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts.  Visitors can enjoy vibrant downtown city life — with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music — or explore surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous.

Watch for registration information for the 2013 Going On Faith Conference on the conference website following the 2012 conference in Rock Hill, South Carolina, which takes place Aug. 21-23.