VisitPittsburgh expects busy summer with conventions, events

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VisitPittsburgh expects a variety of events to draw thousands to the city this summer, officials said during a luncheon of professionals from hotels, restaurants and other businesses at the Sheraton at Station Square today.

Craig Davis, VisitPittsburgh’s president and CEO, said the idea of the third-annual luncheon is to get those in the hospitality industry all on the same page.

“When we bring it and put it all on one script, you get into a situation where — perennial favorites coupled with big conventions and Buccos baseball — these are reasons for people to come into town,” said Mr. Davis.

Highlights of the summer include baseball series with the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, the annual Three Rivers Regatta, the Three Rivers Arts Festival and the Pittsburgh Jazzlive International Festival.

In addition, Pittsburgh will host several conventions this year.

VisitPittsburgh predicted the season’s largest convention will be the International Quilt Market. The event — not open to the public — is from May 16-18 and is expected to bring 7,000 quilt makers and other professionals into the city.

The most anticipated event may be the P&G Gymnastics Championship at Consol Energy Center from Aug. 21-24, expected to draw 6,500 attendees. Winners from this event often go on to compete in the Olympic Games.

Other big draws include Anthrocon — a gathering of people who dress up as animals — which will draw 5,500 people July 3-6, and the Developing Unconventional Gas Conference, projected to have 3,100 attendees from June 3-5.

Brett Sholtis: or 412-263-1581.

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