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Chinese Tourists Vrooom Into Philadelphia On Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Tour


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City and state official today honored a couple of dozen Chinese visitors who took part in the inaugural “Harley-Davidson Heritage Tour.”

When life gives you lemons, set up a tour of the lemonade factory.  That’s how Pennsylvania pitched itself as a tourist destination in China, but with the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle brand as the lure.

Terese Balzereit, Pennsylvania’s director of international tourism marketing, found that with Harley-Davidson — with a major factory in York, Pa. — expanding in China, the stars were aligned.

“There was a trade show which took place in the beginning of May, so we brought Harley-Davidson motorcycles into the show to make a bigger presence versus the other states — so this gave us a great big push with the media,” she recalls.

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(Philadelphia deputy mayor Alan Greenberger gets a t-shirt from members of the Chinese Harley-Davidson tour.)

Alan Greenberger, Philadelphia’s deputy mayor for planning and economic development, told the group there’s another level, too:

“I know that many of you are in business, and that you know that Philadelphia is also a place that’s very interested in trade, in doing business, and in a much greater participation with you all individually and with China as a country.”

This tour’s 23 participants — 16 on hogs, the rest in a bus — saw Harley headquarters in Milwaukee and the York factory, as well as huge stretches of gorgeous scenery.

A second Harley tour vrooms through in August.

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • L & B Williams

    This was a great group. Canyon Vista Motorcycle Tours joined Nighthawk Tours in giving the group a tour of the PA GrandCanyon (Pine Creek Gorge), Scenic Route 6 to the Zippo Factory in Bradford, PA, then down to their lodging at the Gateway Lodge in Cooksforrest. Looking forward to more groups coming from China, and more mutual touring with NightHawk.

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