By Pat Loeb

FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. (CBS) – The president of the World Meeting of Families spoke to the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Wednesday with just two months left until the huge event he’s in charge of.

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Bob Ciaruffoli told the group the economic impact will be even higher than originally projected. He says the initial study by his organization, done a little more than a year ago, projected an economic impact to the region of 418-Million dollars:

“That was at a time when we expected that we were going to be utilizing only the hotels in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.”

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Since then, he says, the World Meeting has negotiated hotel rooms from Atlantic City to the Poconos, found homestays and campgrounds, and now anticipates even more visitor spending:

“I can tell you that number is outdated. I believe the number is well in excess of $500-million.”

Ciaruffoli says planning is right on schedule, and is even ahead of schedule in some areas.

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