Pittsburgh – Pennsylvania First Lady Susan
Corbett today celebrated her hometown of Pittsburgh being named as a “Top 10 All-American Travel Destination,” by
Travel Channel. Mrs. Corbett was joined Craig Davis, President and CEO of
VisitPITTSBURGH in recognizing the economic impact of tourism in the Pittsburgh
region and statewide.
“I am not
surprised that Travel Channel is recognizing Pittsburgh for something that Tom
and I have known for years. It has so much to offer, from our world class
museums and universities, to our sports venues and bike trails,” said Mrs.
Corbett. “Pittsburgh as well as the rest of Pennsylvania is a great place to
live, work and visit.”
Channel’s expert panel of advisors selected the “Top 10 All-American Travel
Destinations.” The panel included Travel Channel hosts Don Wildman and Kinga
Phillipps, Roadtrippers.com founder and CEO James Fisher and the Martin family,
who documented their RV trip to all 50 states at thatTripUSA.com.
Channel noted that Pittsburgh has something for everyone. From arts
destinations like the Andy Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory to 39
colleges and universities, and the thrilling whitewater at Ohiopyle State Park.
million hotel rooms were booked in Allegheny County last year, generating close
to half a billion dollars in room revenues alone, according to data from Smith
Allegheny County’s tourism industry contributed more than $5.4 billion to
Pennsylvania’s economy through visitor spending, supported over 39,000 jobs and
added $339 million in state taxes.
travel and tourism economy continued to expand in 2012 with industry sales
rising 3.8 percent to $38.4 billion. The number of travelers visiting
Pennsylvania posted the highest growth rate since the recession, with the state
hosting an estimated 192.3 million domestic and international travelers in
2012, with growth concentrated in the day-trip segment.
travel and tourism related economic activity supported 470,953 total jobs, both
directly and indirectly, representing 6.5 percent of the state’s total
to Pennsylvania are invited to plan a summer road trip to the many nationally
recognized destinations throughout the state with more than 50 road trip
itineraries on visitPA.com/pa-road-trips.
information, go to visitPA.com
or call (800) VISIT PA; become a fan at facebook.com/visitPA, and follow us at twitter.com/visitPA.
Ashley Mostek, First Lady’s Office; 717-787-1965
Havens, DCED; 717-783-11132
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