• Pittsburgh Has Stellar Year

     
    POSTED March 27, 2015
     

At VisitPITTSBURGH’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, elected officials and senior staff celebrated the many accolades and achievements the city has had over the past year.

"It's clear that Pittsburgh's time has come," says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. "What better city to live, work and visit, and to celebrate what it is today.”

Pittsburgh was mentioned in Condé Nast Traveler as a top place to go in 2015, was named “The Coolest City in America You Haven’t Been To” in the Huffington Post and was named a best all-American vacation for 2014 on the Travel Channel.

Thanks in part to this recognition, the CVB team booked 533 meetings and conventions for last year and going forward, worth an estimated direct spending of $218 million. Below is a list of major groups that booked meetings, conventions or events for last year and the future:

• National League of Cities (2016; 16,791 room nights)
• Anthrocon (2017; 6,365 room nights)
• Catholic Charismatic Renewal (2017; 5,400 room nights)
• National Collegiate Athletic Association (2018; 3,808 room nights, excluding fan room block)
• National Society of Black Engineers (2018; 10,750 room nights)
• Emergency Nurses Association (2018; 9,885 room nights)
• American Trucking Associations (2019; 5,540 room nights)
• Geological Society of America (2023; 7,973 room nights)

The CVBs marketing efforts were also successful. With such campaigns as “Pittsburgh is Performing,” “Pittsburgh is Visual,” and “Holiday Happenings,” the team worked to increased visitor volume through media markets by 10 percent.

"We have built a reputation in Pittsburgh for collaboration and hard work—and we're being recognized for holding successful events," says Davis. "And now, more than ever before, we're being touted as a wonderful tourist destination. And, it's only getting better."

 

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.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”