Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) Highlights a VolunTourism Weekend for Martin Luther King Day

Dan Weckerly
Communications Manager
Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
610. 834.7990 (office); 610.574.1605 (cell)

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – VolunTourism, the travel trend that injects a bit of altruism into an escape,  is on the rise and has become a hot trend, with 2014 statistics showing as many as 1.6 million volunteer tourists using their vacations to give back to communities.

The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board is positioning Montgomery County’s upcoming MLK Day of Service as a prime VolunTourism opportunity for both residents and visitors.

The tourism organization’s website, recently relaunched after an extensive overhaul, contains information on 15 service projects countywide. Possibilities include everything from helping rescued pets to delivering meals to recording books on tape for children in Africa.

Snowtubing in Schwenksville is one of the discounted adventures available through the Winter Escape Pass being offered online by the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

On the leisure side, the VFTCB is offering a Winter Escape Pass that provides visitors with a discounted hotel room rate, discounts on adventures like skiing and ziplining, as well as free appetizers at some of the new restaurants in the King of Prussia Town Center, the new retail-restaurant-residential destination taking shape off North Gulph Road, near King of Prussia Mall.

“This is a terrific way to spend three days in Montgomery County,” says Lisa Karl, VFTCB Vice President of Sales and Strategic Relationships. “Coming in mid-January, most schools have been back for a while; the weather is a little dreary; and all the color and excitement of the holidays has been put away for another year. This three-day weekend is a great chance for people to get out and do something.

“Better still,” she continues, “they can benefit not only themselves but also their communities. They get a few nights away from their ordinary routine – maybe take a dip in the indoor pool as an unusual winter treat – and then dig into one of the MKL Day–related projects we’ve curated.”

Much of the website information on the county’s service projects centers around the January 16 observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Many of the organizations listed are seeking help for more than just one day. Therefore the online resource will remain available well into the spring

The Winter Escape Pass remains in effect until March 31, 2017.

Visit to learn more about all that Montgomery County has to offer this winter.

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The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) is a nonprofit, membership-based sales and marketing organization that actively promotes Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., as a convention site and leisure visitor destination by encouraging patronage of its 400-plus member hotels, restaurants, attractions and services. The Board’s award-winning website,, serves visitors, meeting planners, tour operators and residents, as well as hosts The Pursuit, a nationally recognized blog. The VFTCB oversees a portfolio of brands that include Valley Forge SportsMontco 360Destination Montco Weddings, Patriot Trails and Destination Montco Golf. It is also the publisher of the new dining magazine Crave, issued twice yearly.