Around the world, event organizers and destinations are striving to create an environment where business, sports and leisure events can be successfully held while protecting the health and wellbeing of everyone involved.
The successful orchestration of these objectives is vital on many levels. Business events provide a platform for information and IP exchange throughout all aspects of our social, economic and governmental sectors. Sports events provide the opportunity for athletes to compete in the sports that they have spent years preparing for while also delivering a much-needed outlet of entertainment for spectators. Leisure travel and events play a critical role in societal development through celebration, comradery and inclusiveness. In addition to these benefits, the economic benefit to the local host community and its residents also is critical.
We are witnessing communities in cities coming together around the world to create safe environments where events can be held. This is certainly the case in Pittsburgh. Knowing that confidence and reassurance are the top priorities of Pittsburgh residents and visitors, VisitPITTSBURGH created the Pittsburgh Global Health (PGH) & Safety Commitment.
The PGH Commitment is a mutual pledge with residents and visitors. It is designed to demonstrate to leisure, business and sports travelers and event organizers that the Pittsburgh tourism and hospitality communities are aligned in exceeding the highest expectations when it comes to the wellbeing of residents and visitors.
The Pittsburgh tourism community has worked tirelessly over the past several months to create health and safety protocols that create an environment that heightens the safety of our visitors, residents and workforce. The community, including the Pittsburgh International Airport, hotels, restaurants, transportation providers, museums, attractions, as well as our primary venues such as the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, PPG Arena and our other world-class stadiums, have all strived to implement the necessary precautions.
The PGH Commitment is an aggregation of these already in-place protocols, and it also adheres to the health practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Health Departments and the City of Pittsburgh.
With the PGH Commitment in place, the MeetPITTSBURGH team can move forward with safely planning future business events and meetings.
The social environment that we currently live in also is our future reality. As communities come together, we can create situations which allow us to not only survive but thrive. In Pittsburgh, that is our goal - to deliver the framework necessary to successfully bridge the health and wellbeing of people with the successful implementation of events.
To learn more about booking your next business event in Pittsburgh, contact a MeetPITTSBURGH team member.
President & CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH
Jerad Bachar was named VisitPITTSBURGH President & CEO in April 2020. He began his career in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry straight out of high school as a hotel shuttle driver in Denver. An avid outdoorsman, Jerad is an F1 enthusiast and enjoys exploring the world….though, his favorite place always will be Pittsburgh!