• 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."

A prime site for conventions, trade shows and exhibitions, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) recognizes that it has a unique opportunity to impact the lives of millions of guests and community members that step through its doors every year. That’s why the center has recently collected and donated 14.1 tons of remaining event items and 12 tons of carpet to various Los Angeles-based nonprofit organizations, in alignment with their commitment to zero-waste initiatives.

 

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?

 

According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, about 1.5 million Illinois workers are employed in the food and fiber system, ranking it as one of the top states in dependency on agriculture. The state’s 72,500 farms utilize 75 percent of Illinois land, including some of the most fertile soil in the world. While nicknamed “The Prairie State,” Illinois is truly a land of plenty and a hub for agritourism—with some of the largest agriculture-focused events (holding the potential for major economic impact) taking place inside its borders.