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VisitPittsburgh to Host Meeting of Travel Writers

VisitPittsburgh to Host Meeting of Travel Writers, PR Professionals

Society of American Travel Writers to meet in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH - The eyes of the travel industry will be focused on Pittsburgh next week, as VisitPittsburgh has the honor of hosting a joint chapter meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers. Two chapters of this prestigious group, which is comprised of vetted and accomplished travel writers and public relations professionals, will meet in Pittsburgh, June 26 - June 29, 2011. The SATW Northeast Chapter and the SATW Atlantic Caribbean Chapter will meet jointly for the first time, bringing 80 travel professionals to Pittsburgh.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for positive exposure for Pittsburgh," said Joe McGrath, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh. "The ability to bring 40 journalists to the city at one time has phenomenal potential."

"The group is extremely enthusiastic about Pittsburgh and is looking forward to learning more about the city and experiencing as much of it as time allows," said Mr. McGrath. "Of course, this is a highly influential group and we are hoping that their visit translates into numerous features about this great city!"

Now in its 55th year, SATW is a professional association whose members include writers, photographers, editors, film lecturers, Web journalists, broadcast/video/film producers and public relations representatives. In magazines and newspapers, travel books and guides, radio and television programs, SATW members provide complete, accurate and interesting information on travel destinations, facilities and services.

Among the attractions that will be included during the conference tour sightseeing trips are: Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museums, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Cultural District, Duquesne Incline, Frick Art & Historical Center, Gateway Clipper, Mattress Factory, National Aviary, Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Post-conference tours will include river kayaking, biking along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail, and visits to Heinz History Center, Kennywood Amusement Park, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa.

The Pittsburgh community embraced the potential of the writers' conference by contributing generously to help support it.

"We are very grateful to the many sponsors, whose generous support has helped bring this conference to Pittsburgh," noted Beverly Morrow-Jones, VisitPittsburgh's executive director of marketing & communications.

Among the major local sponsors are: Fairmont Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Transportation Group, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Sheraton Station Square Hotel, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and Visit Washington County. Major national sponsors include Virginia Tourism Corporation, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, The Walt Disney Company, Hodges Digital Strategies, Mondial/Access America, National Harbor, Pennsylvania Wilds and the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance.

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