Pennsylvania is becoming the place to be for 2015. Just last week, The New York Times ranked Philadelphia No. 3 on their 52 Places to Go in 2015 list. Pittsburgh was also honored by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top three places worldwide to visit this year.

The article notes, “The furnaces are long gone, but this city’s on fire. The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Warhol, Mattress Factory and Wood Street Galleries have been on a curatorial tear in recent years. The restaurant scene is also alight, led by Cure and Bar Marco, but hit the old school Primanti Brothers for the best sandwich of your life.”

Likely factors that contributed to the honor include the area’s strategic investment in arts, culture and the environment. The hotel community has been growing at a fast rate with five hotel openings slated for this year, including Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco. Pittsburgh’s Cultural District features a walkable 14-block area with nine theaters, several art galleries and a number of restaurants and pubs. Numerous outdoor activities and a raved-about music scene round out the city’s offerings.

“To be among 15 destinations worldwide selected for this ‘Best Of’ list is incredibly exciting. Those of us who live here know that the city’s amazing amenities combine to create a tremendously desirable place to live and visit,” says Craig David, president and CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH. “For Pittsburgh to be included among the world’s most outstanding destinations speaks volumes about the city’s journey over the last 30 years.”

Houston was the only other U.S. city to be featured on the list. International destinations included Costa Rica, Rwanda, Helsinki, Berlin and New Zealand.

 

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.