Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Tourism and hospitality officials said the impact of Francis’ appearance is unlike anything they’ve experienced in recent memory.
The hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.
Columbus, Birmingham and Phoenix join Philadelphia and New York as finalists to host the convention.
The city has booked over 325,000 hotel rooms booked this year from conventions. In 2016, that drops to about 240,000. Officials blame increased competition from other cities, less convention demand, and high union labor costs for the dip.
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau regularly hosts trips to Philadelphia by overseas bloggers, hoping for good press back in their home countries.
How would you like to be a Certified Hospitality Professional? It’s free, online, and doesn’t take long, says Jack Ferguson, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“We all sat down at the table and have come to an agreement,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
The proposal would raise the “hospitality promotion tax” in Philadelphia from 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent.
The Parking Authority apparently wants a kinder, gentler image, and so officials are going to be training their hundreds of enforcement officers on how to be more friendly and helpful.
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled its marketing campaign for the city on Wednesday afternoon at its annual luncheon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
In a glimmer of good economic news for Philadelphia, a local developer today announced plans for a new hotel to be built right across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The recent expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center is paying big dividends for the Philadelphia economy.
The latest federal ranking of foreign visits to America’s cities shows some slippage for Philadelphia, down from 11th place to 13th in 2010.
Top city leaders, including planners and hospitality officials as well as small business people gathered this week to discuss the state of Philadelphia.
They were looking for “transformative ideas’ to impact jobs and the quality of life in the city.
The Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurses Congress says it was a wonderful event; the $787 million addition is beautiful, the convention staff was friendly and helpful and members loved the city.