VisitPittsburgh Announces Booming Fall Event Lineup
VisitPITTSBURGH predicts the Steel City's upcoming event and conference schedule should pump millions of dollars into the local economy in the coming year.
The tourism nonprofit announced their fall lineup Thursday at the Marriott City Center.
The lineup has a variety of events, including the Pittsburgh Irish Festival Sept. 8-10, Doors Open Pittsburgh Oct. 7-8 and the PNC Broadway series, which opens October 17. There are also holiday-themed events planned like ScareHouse and A Very Pittsburgh Christmas.
Tom Loftus, the group's chief marketing officer, said attendees of fall events always put their money into local businesses.
"Not only might they provide some vending services for the events, but people are staying in the restaurants, they're going to the bars after the events and the transportation companies benefit because people are taking local services to go around town," Loftus said.
Tourists brought almost $6 billion to Pittsburgh and Allegheny County last year, he said, and new hotel construction should drive give that figure a small boon in 2017-18.
Hotels in the seven-county Pittsburgh region accounted for close to 28,000 rooms in 2016, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"We have a nice number of hotel rooms now, and we've had a lot open in the last couple years," Loftus said. "There's places to stay for people, whether they want to stay one night or stay for the weekend or come in for a week."
Pittsburgh will also play host to a variety of conferences this fall, including events for the Society of Environmental Journalists, Society of Military Engineers, and the Federation of Genealogical Societies.