A 1968 Shelby convertible, a 1931 Bugatti Royale and a number of classic Corvettes paraded through the Hershey Harrisburg Region July 30–Aug. 2 and resulted in an estimated economic impact of $10.5 million.

Specifically, the items were part of the Mecum Auctions, which happen across the United States at different points of the year and sell collector cars, motorcycles, tractors and collectibles. This auction took place at the PA Farm Show Complex & Expo Center and saw $20.5 million in sales—an overall sell-through rate of 67 percent.

Overall a total of 1,016 vehicles, 135 motorcycles, 107 tractors and 405 Road Art items were offered for sale during 20-hours of auction coverage broadcast on NBC Sports Network. It’s estimated that an audience of 20,000 registered bidders and spectators attended the event. This year’s results rival Mecum’s record-breaking first-time event for northeast in Harrisburg in 2014.

“It was great to see that the crowds at this year’s Harrisburg auction easily rivaled that of our inaugural event in 2014,” says Dana Mecum, founder and president, Mecum Auctions. “With so many registered bidders present, bidding remained steadily competitive and kept sales strong.”

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in