36th Annual National Travel and Tourism Week Celebrates Nation’s $2.5 Trillion Travel Industry

Annual Visitors Spending Generates $6.1 Billion in Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH – This week, VisitPITTSBURGH joins hundreds of cities, states and travel-related businesses nationwide in recognizing National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-11. Designated by Congress and established by presidential proclamation in 1983, the event highlights the impact of the nation’s travel industry and its the economic and social contributions. In Allegheny County, visitor spending generates $6.1 billion in new dollars to the economy

“Tourism has a tremendous impact on our region’s economy and also in raising the awareness of our great city domestically and internationally,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. “Hotels, meeting facilities, attractions, restaurants and transportation providers are among the local businesses greatly impacted by travel to the Pittsburgh region,” said Davis.

Travel and tourism bring 12 million overnight visitors to the Greater Pittsburgh region annually. Each household would pay an additional $715 in taxes without the tax revenue generated by the county’s travel and tourism industry.

From small business to large attractions, travel employs one in nine American jobs, including more than 42,000 in Allegheny County.

VisitPITTSBURGH is working hard to help drive tourism. In 2018, it hosted 448 meetings and conventions attracting more than 173,000 attendees, and its SportsPITTSBURGH team hosted 46 sports-related events attracting more than 240,000 attendees. All told, events hosted generated $228 million in direct spending for the local economy.

We are fortunate to have the continued support from our elected officials as we continue to promote the Pittsburgh region. As a matter of fact, County Executive Fitzgerald proclaimed May 5-11, 2019 as “National Travel and Tourism Week” in Allegheny County and encourage our residents to celebrate those who help make this region such a great place to visit.

“I’m proud of our community and eager to welcome even more visitors to show them why we love Pittsburgh so much,” said Davis.

Nationwide, travel is a $2.5 trillion industry, which directly employs 8.9 million people and generates tax revenues of $171 billion.

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