PITTSBURGH—Attendees at VisitPITTSBURGH's annual Fall Forecast, held today at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, received a snapshot overview of many of the fall happenings that will attract thousands of visitors to our region. From fright to delight, from the end zone to home plate, from Broadway to India, Pittsburgh continues to be the place to visit as summer transitions into fall and then to winter.
VisitPITTSBURGH's Fall Forecast event—along with Summer Spotlight—keep the local hospitality community informed about big events happening in the area and also to drive home the importance of travel and tourism. Pittsburgh reaps substantial economic impact from the travel and tourism industry, including more than 11 million overnight visits and $5.6 billion in direct spending annually. In addition, more than 40,000 people work in the local travel and tourism industry.
Those numbers will grow due to an incredibly busy summer convention season with more meetings and events slated for the months ahead, according to Jason Fulvi, executive vice president of VisitPITTSBURGH. "It was one of the busiest summers for conventions that we have had in a long time. And, when you mix in the major concerts, theatre productions, the Pirates' successful season and special events at many of our attractions, it clearly is a boon for our economy. And the year isn't even over yet," Fulvi said.
He added: "From arts and theatre events to kickoffs for our area college and pro teams, along with additional large conventions and, hopefully, another exciting finish for the Pirates, there will be lots for visitors and residents to experience."
One important convention that Fulvi said will be coming to town at the end of the month is the Connect Marketplace, where meeting planners from across the county will gather. "We are excited to be hosting this event, because it gives us a chance to showcase our city to meeting planners who will be deciding where to hold their meetings and convention. Experiencing the city first hand is the best-selling tool we have."
More than 130 people attended VisitPITTSBURGH’s Fall Forecast. Guest speakers represented the Pittsburgh Steelers, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and The USS LST Ship Memorial Inc.
Among the top fall conventions are:
- 2015 National Veterans Small Business Engagement
$2.3 million estimated in direct spending
- Collinson Media & Events Connect Marketplace and Connect Sports Marketplace
$1.8 million in estimated direct spending
- National Society of Genetic Counselors
$1.8 million estimated in direct spending
- Order of Eastern Star - General Grand Chapter
October 30-November 6
$7.3 million estimated in direct spending
United States Submarine Veterans National Convention
$1.2 million estimated direct spending
Tree Care Industry Association EXPO
$2 million estimated direct spending
Among the fall's biggest events are:
- Public tours of the LST 325, a World War II ship that was part of the Normandy Armada
Docked near Heinz Field
- India In Focus
Six weeks, beginning September 25
Presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Westmoreland Museum of American Art – Grand Re-Opening Celebration
- Holiday Happenings
Kicking off with Light Up Night, Nov. 20 through First Night, Dec. 31
Presented by Pittsburgh Cultural Trust