Meet Pittsburgh's ambassadors who help visitors navigate the city
July 5, 2014 9:54 PM
The city's rising reputation as a travel destination puts everyone from PNC Park vendors and tour guides to cab drivers, like Earl Farrell, on center stage
The city's rising reputation as a travel destination puts everyone from PNC Park vendors to tour guides, like Tom Colt of Just Ducky tours, on center stage.
The city’s rising reputation as a travel destination puts everyone from tour guides to PNC Park vendors, like eclectic hot dog man David “Chico” Sakulsky, on center stage.
By Virginia Linn / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Last month, the Travel Channel named Pittsburgh as one of the top 10 “All-American Vacations” of 2014. It highlighted the city‘s arts scene, noting museums such as The Warhol and the Mattress Factory, and described Pittsburgh as “one of the hippest cities in America.”
It‘s just the latest acknowledgement of the Steel City’s rising stature as a popular tourist destination -- an industry that generated $5.5 billion in spending for Allegheny County in 2013.
To meet this growing demand, four new excursions were announced in May, including the first tour of local movie sites to recognize a few of the 120-plus movies and TV productions that have filmed here since 1990.
So, who are the people who are selling our city and presenting the information that shape the views of visitors coming to our region? Who are the faces they see?
Here are profiles of a dozen so-called ambassadors of Pittsburgh, from popular tour guides to hotel employees to taxi drivers and more.
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