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Pittsburgh Region: A Green Tourism Destination

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Published on Jun 4, 2012

If you think tourism in Pittsburgh is stagnant at best, then you haven't been paying attention to recent trends. Just in Allegheny County, tourism and travel represents a $4.8 billion economic impact and in the broader region this number grows to $7.8 billion. Hotel occupancy is up (69 percent in Pittsburgh compared to the 60 percent national average) even after the number of available rooms grew by 50 percent over the past decade. This growth has been supported by the region becoming a premier destination for green and sustainable experiences. The region's newest green asset is the Center for Sustainable Landscape at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens -- expected to be one of the greenest building in the world. Phipps Executive Director Richard Piacentini is joined by VisitPittsburgh CEO Craig Davis to discuss Pittsburgh's standing as a green tourism destination and the overall growth of tourism and travel in the region.

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