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. 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.