LAUREL HIGHLANDS, Pa. (Sept. 18, 2017) – The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (LHVB), the official destination marketing organization for Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, has secured the privilege of hosting the 15th annual Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) Media Marketplace. The conference will be held Sept. 25-27, 2018 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, bringing together 60 invited journalists and 50 destination marketing organization members from the Mid-Atlantic region.

“The Laurel Highlands is filled to the brim with unique stories and the opportunity to host the 2018 MATPRA Media Marketplace allows our region the opportunity to showcase and plant story ideas with the incredible talent attending this event,” said Ann Nemanic, Executive Director of the LHVB.  

Guests of the 2018 MATPRA Media Marketplace attendees will have several options of what they would like to explore in the Laurel Highlands. These tours are designed to provide journalists and destination marketing organizations with a broad selection of attractions in the region.

“We have already begun the planning process with our partnering host, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, for an experience beyond compare,” added Nemanic.  “Customized tours to our main attractions and hidden gems are just a singular aspect of what attendees will have in store when they arrive.” 

MATPRA is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia. The alliance works together serve travel journalists in order to promote the Mid-Atlantic region as a travel destination.

About Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands
A magnificent mountainous region, the Laurel Highlands spans 3,000 square miles in southwestern Pennsylvania. Located just east of Pittsburgh, the beautiful four-season destination offers some of the most spectacular natural scenery, outstanding outdoor recreation, historic sites and attractions, classic family activities and world-class resorts. Notable destinations within the region include three architectural masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright – Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob, and Duncan House – Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Flight 93 National Memorial, Idlewild and Soak Zone, whitewater rafting at Ohiopyle State Park, and more.

Located within 200 miles of the major metropolitan areas of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and Washington D.C., the Laurel Highlands can be easily accessed from exits 67, 75, 91 and 110 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Visitors to the Laurel Highlands can find information online at, calling 800.333.5661, and Established in 1958, the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. Check out the 2017 Laurel Highlands Destination Guide!