PITTSBURGH – A number of notable summer happenings that will attract thousands of visitors and garner significant economic impact for Pittsburgh were highlighted today at VisitPITTSBURGH’s annual Summer Spotlight event that took place at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel. Summer Spotlight is purposefully timed to coincide with National Travel and Tourism Week, which was first celebrated more than 30 years ago when Congress passed a resolution to recognize the industry. Today, the Pittsburgh region benefits from the travel and tourism industry to the tune of 40,000 jobs and more than $5.6 billion annually in spending.
"We host Summer Spotlight every year as a way of letting our hospitality partners know about all of the big things that are going to be happening in Pittsburgh that will positively impact their operations," said Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH. "And, when you look at all of these major conventions and events as a whole, you quickly recognize how vibrant Pittsburgh is as a tourism and meeting and convention destination."Travel is Big Business
Among the top summer conventions are:
Travel is Big Fun
Among the summer's biggest events are:
Special Summer Activities (in Market Square, except OpenStreetsPGH):
About 125 people attended VisitPITTSBURGH's Summer Spotlight. Guest speakers represented the Pittsburgh Pirates, EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and Guest Services Solutions. In addition, about a half-dozen members of Destination: Greater Pittsburgh, which focuses on group visits, exhibited at the event.
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. It is dedicated to generating conventions, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.