• Pirates Success Leads to Fiscal Success for Pittsburgh

     
    POSTED October 8, 2015
     

While the Pittsburgh Pirates are done for the series, they did qualify for post-season play, and this qualification, likely led to a significant economic boost for the Pittsburgh area, according to Visit Pittsburgh and Pirates estimates.

Yesterday’s National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park is estimated to have resulted in roughly $4.6 million to $5-plus million in direct spending. This includes ticket sales, hotel rooms, concession stand sales, restaurants, retail sales and other.

The Pirates organization comes up with this figure through an industry standard formula from the Destination Marketing Association International, a global trade association for official destination marketing organizations.

"Congratulations to the entire Pirates organization for yet another great season of baseball and for continuing to put our city in the national spotlight," says Craig Davis, CEO, Visit Pittsburgh "Ninety-eight wins and going 8- 2 on their final road trip with the pressure building demonstrates the resolve of this team and its coaches, and their success continues to benefit our city in so many ways."

 

While the direct spending is incredibly important, there are other things more difficult to calculate that are equal in importance.

"When the national television cameras show the Pittsburgh skyline, Point State Park, the inclines or one of Pedro's homeruns landing in the Allegheny River, it creates a tremendous level of positive publicity and exposure for our city—exposure that we could never afford otherwise," says Davis. "The best way for us to promote the city is for people to see the city.  And the Pirates have made sure that hundreds of thousands of people across the country have seen our beautiful city from afar—and Pittsburgh becomes a winner, too."

Results from the Incentive Research Foundation’s (IRF) 2022 Incentive Travel Destination Preferences & Their Impact on Motivation confirmed that interest in incentive travel as a motivating sales reward is at an all-time high. 91% of 405 survey respondents described group incentive travel as extremely or very motivating compared to 80% last year. Individual incentive travel was rated even higher as a motivational award at 96% versus 84% last year. 

 

Everybody loves to talk about welcoming change. Then change happens, and whew, it’s tough. After the past few years, meetings and events professionals certainly appreciate that feeling, but they’re also feeling energized by so many new ways for attendees to gather. 

 

The corporate world spends an estimated $242 billion on gifts for employees and customers, according to Forbes. Wouldn’t it be rewarding if the purchasing and giving of these types of gifts offered meaningful work for veterans, women, and their children?