The State of the Industry

Where the Pittsburgh travel and hospitality industry stands today and a look at updated forecasts for the continued recovery.

VisitPITTSBURGH is committed to providing resources to our travel and hospitality community as you continue to recover and evolve following the COVID-19 global pandemic. Our goal is to help you put together the best plan to succeed.

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Recently, leading travel and hospitality experts provided VisitPITTSBURGH with insights on trends and developments impacting Allegheny County’s hotel and tourism industry.

The following videos and associated reports focus specifically on leisure tourism and group travel. They provide key information that will enable you to strategically navigate through the changing waters as you work to formulate targeted business plans and budgets.

The Outlook for the US Economy and Travel

Adam Sacks is the President of Tourism Economics, an Oxford Economics company dedicated to analytically-based consulting to the tourism sector. 

For more than two decades, Adam has worked with destinations, industry associations and companies around the world in the areas of opportunity and risk assessments, policy analysis and economic impact. Adam’s work has provided the foundation for billions of dollars in capital investment decisions by hotel companies, developers and investors. 

What's Going On in the Pittsburgh Region?

Jim Futrell is Vice President of Market Research and Analysis for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. During his tenure, he has been recognized five times by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) at their annual Applied Community and Economic Research Awards.  He served as the organization’s chair in 2014 and is a Certified Economic Research Professional (CERP). 

The State of the American Traveler

Erin Francis-Cummings is the President & CEO of Destination Analysts. She has spent the last decade studying travelers from across the globe and translating their evolving, complex and fascinating behaviors and opinions into marketing insights for Destination Analysts’ 100+ clients.  

Erin has designed research strategy and facilitated consumer research for some of the world’s greatest destination brands. In addition she also oversees the production of Destination Analysts’ The State of the American Traveler — the travel industry’s longest-running and most relied on tracking study of American leisure travel sentiment and behaviors — and The State of the International Traveler, an annual study of the travel behaviors and perceptions of international travelers in 13 top feeder markets to the United States.