PITTSBURGH – Today VisitPITTSBURGH held its annual Fall Forecast, a luncheon event highlighting some of the most interesting and exciting events coming in the fall and leading up to the holiday season. These are the events that will be attended by both visitors and residents alike as they are the ones no one wants to miss. The event was held at the Senator John Heinz History Center and emceed by KDKA-TV’s Ron Smiley.
Guest speakers featured were:
Andy Masich, President and CEO of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Steve Tanzilli, Dean of the Rowland School of Business at Point Park University
Robin Elrod, Director of Communications for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Robin Nicholson, Executive Director at The Frick Pittsburgh
Allison Corbett, Marketing and Communications Director of P3R
Catherine Evans, Chief Curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art
“Fall Forecast is a way for us to provide our partners with an awareness of impactful and exciting events coming to Pittsburgh, as well as an understanding of how their businesses can engage with and get the most from these events,” said Jason Fulvi, executive vice president of VisitPITTSBURGH. “Fall Forecast demonstrates what a vibrant and welcoming destination Pittsburgh is, as both a place to visit and for meetings, conventions and sports events. It also gives us an opportunity to express our true appreciation for our partners, who are instrumental in helping us showcase the best of Pittsburgh.”
Among some of the events mentioned today were:
• Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Sept. 21 – Nov. 11
• Pittsburgh Glass Center’s All of the Suddens, Oct. 5 – Jan. 22, 2019
• Doors Open Pittsburgh, Oct. 6-7
• Carnegie International, 57th Edition, Oct. 13 – Mar. 25, 2019
• Pittsburgh Ghost Tours, through early November
• Rivers of Steel PGH 101: An Intro Innovation, through September
Also discussed were some of the significant sports events and conferences that will take place in our city including the 2018 NCAA Division II Fall Festival this November 25 – December 1. The Fall Festival happens once every four years and consists of six Division II National Championships occurring simultaneously in the same city. This year’s festival will include 1,200 student-athlete participants and utilize over 5,800 hotel rooms. In partnership with host universities, Clarion and Slippery Rock, and the championship venues: A.J. Palumbo Center and Arthur J. Rooney Field at Duquesne University, Schenley Park and Highmark Stadium, this week-long National Championship celebration will be a city-wide effort and continue to establish Pittsburgh as a top-tier sports destination.
The esteemed PCMA Convening Leaders Conference will take January 6-9, 2019. Pittsburgh will host this meeting of over 4,500 event professionals from all over the world. More than 2,500 of them are prospective customers, who represent hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of convention business. This will be an opportunity for us to showcase Pittsburgh as an ideal host for their future conventions.
Additional noteworthy conferences include:
• American Postal Workers Union, Aug. 20-23 (2,000 attendees)
• Annual Conference of the Emergency Nurses Association, Sept. 26-29 (4,000 attendees)
• American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, Oct. 27- Nov. 3 (7,500 attendees)
• NeighborWorks America Training Institute, Dec. 3-7 (2,000 attendees)
And, of course, Pittsburgh will shine with all of the annual holiday happenings including Light Up Night, the Peoples’ Gas Holiday Market in Market Square, performances of “The Nutcracker,” Mass Mutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place and culminating with the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh.
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.