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State-of-the-Industry Hotel Forum

Join us to discuss trends and developments impacting the local hotel and tourism industry. Attendees will hear from industry experts who will address the challenges and opportunities within the fast-changing Pittsburgh market.

WHEN: Thursday, June 30, 2016 7:30am-noon

WHERE: Omni William Penn Hotel, 530 William Penn Place Pittsburgh, PA 15219

View a full list of the speakers' profiles.


7:30-7:55 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
8:00-8:05 a.m.  Welcome
Eric DeStefano, Regional Vice President/General Manager, Omni William Penn Hotel; Board Chairman, VisitPITTSBURGH  
8:05-8:25 a.m.  Big Picture Economic Overview
Adam Sacks, President, Tourism Economics 
8:30-8:45 a.m.   Pittsburgh Economic Outlook
Jim Futrell, Vice President, Market Research and Analyst, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance 
8:45-9:30 a.m.  Market Forecast Perspectives  
Laura Kalcevic, Vice President, Consulting & Valuation, HVS
Tony Biddle, Director, CBRE Hotels
Kelsey Waite, Business Development Executive, Destinations, STR
9:30-10:10 a.m.  Roundtable Discussion
HVS, CBRE and STR, moderated by Adam Sacks 
10:10-10:30 a.m. Break 
10:30-11:15 a.m.  Leisure Market Overview
AnnDee Johnson, Vice President, Longwoods International USA Inc. 
11:15-11:55 a.m. 

Competitive Positioning
Jeff Eastman, President & CEO, Strategic Data Resources 

11:55 a.m.-Noon  Wrap Up
Craig Davis, President & CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH 


Please note: We ask that you stay for the entire half-day forum, which will begin promptly at 8am and end by noon.

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