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First Lady Susan Corbett Joins Tourism Officials to Celebrate Pittsburgh’s Designation as “Top 10 All-American Travel Destination”

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Aug. 12, 2014

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.”

Travel 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.

Travel 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.

Nearly 4 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 Travel Research.

In 2012, 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.

Pennsylvania’s 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.

Additionally, travel and tourism related economic activity supported 470,953 total jobs, both directly and indirectly, representing 6.5 percent of the state’s total employment.

Travelers 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.

For more information, go to visitPA.com or call (800) VISIT PA; become a fan at facebook.com/visitPA, and follow us at twitter.com/visitPA.

Media contacts:

Ashley Mostek, First Lady’s Office; 717-787-1965

Heidi Havens, DCED; 717-783-11132

Editor’s note: For additional Pennsylvania tourism story ideas, follow us at twitter.com/patourismpr.

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