VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, recently hired Kathleen (Katie) Conaway to the newly created position of domestic and international group sales director. This position was developed to expand VisitPITTSBURGH’s strategic efforts to promote the region to international markets.
Before joining VisitPITTSBURGH, Katie held several roles in Pittsburgh’s vibrant Cultural District including director of education and outreach as well as group sales and audience development manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater and group sales coordinator at Pittsburgh CLO.
“We are thrilled to have Katie onboard in this exciting new position. Her work skills and experience in group sales will enhance our tourism efforts of promoting Pittsburgh as an international destination,” says Karl Pietrzak, vice president of convention sales. “We look forward to opening eyes of the world with Katie’s help.”
In this new role, Conaway is responsible for promoting domestic and international group tourism to travel to the greater Pittsburgh area. She’ll attend international tradeshows, media marketplaces and work alongside the Allegheny County Airport Authority on joint international marketing endeavors.
Conaway obtained her Master’s Degree in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver and graduated from Waynesburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts Administration. She currently serves as the secretary of TJ Arts, a group supporting the arts in the West Jefferson Hills School District.
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency for Allegheny County. It is dedicated to generating convention, trade show, sports events and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.