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VisitPittsburgh Opens New Satellite Welcome Center

VisitPittsburgh Opens New Satellite Welcome Center

The Welcome Center at the Duquesne Incline to Assist Visitors

PITTSBURGH - VisitPittsburgh is pleased to announce "The Welcome Center at the Duquesne Incline." The new satellite Welcome Center, located at 1220 Grandview Avenue on Mt. Washington, joins VisitPittsburgh Welcome Centers located in the Pittsburgh International Airport, Fifth Avenue Place and a satellite center at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

"The historic Duquesne Incline is one of the city's top tourism attractions. We're thrilled to have a presence on Mt. Washington in this absolutely charming location," said Joe McGrath, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh, the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County. "The view from Mt. Washington is a must-see for visitors and this new satellite Welcome Center will be extremely helpful to tourists."

The panoramic view of Downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington was named the second most beautiful view in the nation by USA Today Weekend Magazine. The upper platform of the Duquesne Incline features a Gift Shop along with historical photos of Pittsburgh's industry, inclines, sports venues and natural disasters. Visitors may also check out the machine room to observe the original hoisting equipment in operation. The incline, which opened in 1877, travels six miles per hour up and down a 794-feet track.

Each year, the Duquesne Incline makes about 482,000 trips up and down Mt. Washington. "We get people from all over the world," said Tom Reinheimer, director of marketing and group tours for the Duquesne Incline. He noted that VisitPittsburgh's involvement makes "perfect sense because it brings visitors to the incline and we can better help them find their next destination from our observation deck. And, it will be a great help to the incline staff."

As part of the new arrangement between VisitPittsburgh and the nonprofit Duquesne Incline, VisitPittsburgh staff members will supply and stock the brochure racks inside the incline platform with information from popular Pittsburgh area attractions. VisitPittsburgh will also provide customer service training to the Duquesne Incline's front line staff.

The opening of The Welcome Center at the Duquesne Incline coincides with the one-year anniversary of the WELCOME Pittsburgh Information Center and Gift Shop in Fifth Avenue Place. To celebrate its first "birthday," VisitPittsburgh is holding a one-day sale on 11-11-11, and is inviting the public to come in to shop, enjoy a slice of birthday cake and enter to win a basket filled with great Pittsburgh goodies.

As the official tourism promotion agency for Allegheny County, VisitPittsburgh is dedicated to generating convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.