Economy
8:00 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Visit Pittsburgh Takes Mt. Washington

Visit Pittsburgh has opened its fourth visitor center, and this one has a view. The region's top tourism promotion group opened a center in the Duquesne Incline's upper station this week.

"There are 500,000 people who go through the Duquesne Incline each year, 80% of which are visitors," said Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis.

Visit Pittsburgh will be responsible for keeping the racks of brochures on area attractions, restaurants and "things–to-do" full, but incline staff will be the ones to answer visitor questions.

"They've been doing this for years. Now they're going to have, through us, the proper documentation to be able to really, really help our visitors," said Davis.

Visit Pittsburgh already operates three other visitor centers. The desks at Pittsburgh International Airport and in Fifth Avenue Place downtown are manned by Visit Pittsburgh staff and volunteers, and the racks of brochures at the Heinz History Center are manned by the History Center's staff.

Davis thinks the centers will be busy this year, "because gas prices are probably about where people were thinking they could be, and because Pittsburgh is situated right in the midst of the [bulk of the] population of North America, we know we are going to be having a very robust tourism season this year."