By Jeff Himler for Tribune-Review

The transportation-themed Lincoln Highway Experience museum in Unity played host Thursday to a group of special visitors: Members of the Pennsylvania House Tourism and Recreational Development Committee, who are on a tour of Laurel Highlands attractions.

The committee leaders, Republican Chairman David Millard, of Bloomsburg, and Democratic Chairman Mark Longietti, of Mercer County, agreed that Pennsylvania has plenty of such prime attractions that can draw in tourists and their dollars.

The state just has to do a better job of letting potential visitors know about them, they said.

“It used to be we spent about $30 million per year to attract tourists,” Longietti said. “That’s been whittled all the way down to $4 million as a result of tough budgets.

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