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VisitPITTSBURGH Highlights Upcoming Major Events at Annual Fall Forecast

Published: 08/13/2015

Busy year still for conventions, big events—something for all!

PITTSBURGH—Attendees at VisitPITTSBURGH's annual Fall Forecast, held today at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, received a snapshot overview of many of the fall happenings that will attract thousands of visitors to our region. From fright to delight, from the end zone to home plate, from Broadway to India, Pittsburgh continues to be the place to visit as summer transitions into fall and then to winter.

VisitPITTSBURGH's Fall Forecast event—along with Summer Spotlight—keep the local hospitality community informed about big events happening in the area and also to drive home the importance of travel and tourism. Pittsburgh reaps substantial economic impact from the travel and tourism industry, including more than 11 million overnight visits and $5.6 billion in direct spending annually. In addition, more than 40,000 people work in the local travel and tourism industry.

Those numbers will grow due to an incredibly busy summer convention season with more meetings and events slated for the months ahead, according to Jason Fulvi, executive vice president of VisitPITTSBURGH. "It was one of the busiest summers for conventions that we have had in a long time. And, when you mix in the major concerts, theatre productions, the Pirates' successful season and special events at many of our attractions, it clearly is a boon for our economy. And the year isn't even over yet," Fulvi said.

He added: "From arts and theatre events to kickoffs for our area college and pro teams, along with additional large conventions and, hopefully, another exciting finish for the Pirates, there will be lots for visitors and residents to experience."

One important convention that Fulvi said will be coming to town at the end of the month is the Connect Marketplace, where meeting planners from across the county will gather. "We are excited to be hosting this event, because it gives us a chance to showcase our city to meeting planners who will be deciding where to hold their meetings and convention. Experiencing the city first hand is the best-selling tool we have."

More than 130 people attended VisitPITTSBURGH’s Fall Forecast. Guest speakers represented the Pittsburgh Steelers, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and The USS LST Ship Memorial Inc.

Among the top fall conventions are:

    2015 National Veterans Small Business Engagement
    November 17-19
    3,000-4,000 attendees
    $2.3 million estimated in direct spending
  • Collinson Media & Events Connect Marketplace and Connect Sports Marketplace
    August 27-29
    1,800 attendees
    $1.8 million in estimated direct spending
  • National Society of Genetic Counselors
    October 21-24
    2,000 attendees
    $1.8 million estimated in direct spending
  • Order of Eastern Star - General Grand Chapter
    October 30-November 6
    4,500 attendees
    $7.3 million estimated in direct spending
  • United States Submarine Veterans National Convention
    September 7-12
    950 attendees
    $1.2 million estimated direct spending
  • Tree Care Industry Association EXPO
    November 12-14
    2,300 attendees
    $2 million estimated direct spending

Among the fall's biggest events are:

  • Public tours of the LST 325, a World War II ship that was part of the Normandy Armada
    Sept. 2-8
    Docked near Heinz Field
  • India In Focus
    Six weeks, beginning September 25
    Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Westmoreland Museum of American Art – Grand Re-Opening Celebration
    October 24-25
  • Holiday Happenings
    Kicking off with Light Up Night, Nov. 20 through First Night, Dec. 31
    Presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust