VisitPITTSBURGH has announced the hiring of Tom Loftus as vice president of communications.

In his new role, Lofts will be in charge of managing and executing all internal and external communications programs, while also incorporating multimedia and digital communication tools that support and enhance the organization’s goals and mission.

Prior to this, Loftus served as the director of marketing and media relations for the Allegheny County Bar Association in Pittsburgh since 2003. There, he worked on a media relations program that helped bring the organization positive local, national and international media exposure. His experience included television ad campaigns, social media efforts and school programs. Other bar association across the country now use these as media models.

 “I’m absolutely thrilled to be in a position that will allow me to help enhance this city’s reputation,” says Loftus. “Pittsburgh has so much going for it already, and I’ll be proud to do what I can to promote this great city.”

Loftus is a Pittsburgh native who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in English writing. 

Set along the Massachusetts coast on the Lower Cape of Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club offers a dazzling variety of amenities and attractions for groups. For starters, the 429-acre property has two distinctive sides: The upscale Mansion, originally built in 1912, offers 121 premium guest units, ranging in size and style from a 480-square-foot guest room to multilevel two- and three-bedroom villas. Meanwhile, The Villages Villas, with 216 guest rooms, including 1,400-square-foot villas, puts guests in the heart of the sprawling property.

 

Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.

 

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.