• VisitPittsburgh Recognized for Excellence

     
    POSTED August 5, 2015
     

The US Commerce & Trade Research Institute recently honored VisitPittsburgh for their dedicated work.

The organization presented the tourism promotion agency with the 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence Award, which recognizes companies that have achieved success amongst their local business environment.

USCTRI researches, evaluates and recognizes companies across a number of industries. To be recognized, businesses are evaluated with an emphasis given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices.

"We are excited and honored to have received the 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence Award," says Craig Davis, president/CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH. "I'm incredibly proud of every employee at VisitPITTSBURGH for all of the work they do to promote the Greater Pittsburgh region."

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As with most facets of the meetings and events industry, the art of managing an event budget is a true balancing act. And while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the nitty-gritty, Eventbrite revealed a pleasant surprise in its 2018 Pulse Report (which surveyed 1,200 planners), finding that event budgets overall appear to be on the rise. But where exactly are those budget dollars going these days and how can planners best spend to craft memorable moments?

 

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