LAUREL HIGHLANDS, PA., (Sept. 7, 2017) – The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau (LHVB) will host a Tourism Grant Chat to review the 2018 Westmoreland County Tourism Grant Program, Tues., Oct. 3, at Westmoreland County Community College.

The event will be held 9-11 a.m., in room 2112 of Commissioners Hall. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. All Westmoreland County-based tourism businesses and organizations are encouraged to attend. This event is FREE, but reservations are required and can be made by contacting Rachel Roehrig at or 724-238-5661, ext. 101. Deadline to RSVP is Sept. 25.

LHVB Executive Director Ann Nemanic will lead the chat by walking through the program’s guidelines, application and reporting process. A question-and-answer session will follow and attendees will receive criteria at the conclusion of the event. Tourism grant applications will be available online at on Oct. 9, and completed applications will be due by Nov. 17, 2017.

The Annual Tourism Grant Program is funded by one-third of the revenues generated by the Westmoreland County lodging tax, a three percent tax that became effective in 2003. Awards are granted annually on the basis of merit as determined by the Grant Review Committee and administered by the Westmoreland County Commissioners and the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau, the county’s official destination marketing organization. Since the program’s inception, more than $4.6 million has been awarded in tourism grants.

Tourism is big business for Westmoreland County. According to the Pennsylvania Tourism Office’s most recent Annual Economic Impact Travel Report, travelers spent more than $1.8 billion in the Laurel Highlands region in 2015. The region had the second highest share of travelers’ dollars going towards lodging and third highest in food, beverage and shopping among the state’s 11 tourism regions. Westmoreland County generated nearly $753 million in visitor spending along with 5,661 jobs in the tourism sector.

A summary of the 2017 Westmoreland County Tourism grant recipients can be found online here.

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!