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Pittsburgh Has Stellar Year

At VisitPITTSBURGH’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, elected officials and senior staff celebrated the many accolades and achievements the city has had over the past year.

"It's clear that Pittsburgh's time has come," says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. "What better city to live, work and visit, and to celebrate what it is today.”

New Hire for PHLCVB

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired Walden Agustin Sr. as senior national accounts director.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Walden to the PHLCVB sales team,” says Jack Ferguson, president and CEO, PHLCVB.  “His experience will be a tremendous asset in promoting Philadelphia as one of the country’s top meeting destinations and booking additional room nights in our region’s hotels.”

Monopoly's 80-Year Anniversary Holds True to its Roots

Atlantic City’s Boardwalk and its streets were the inspiration for the board game Monopoly back in 1935. Today, the area remains a part of the game, even as new editions are released.  

Recently, Hasbro, Inc.—the game’s manufacturer—announced they were asking the public to vote on new cities for an updated Here and Now edition. Atlantic City did not make the cut.

Visit Philly Ranked High on Social Media List

Visit Philadelphia has been ranked third on a U.S. city list of social media engagement based on a study done by independent social media agency Sparkloft Media.

Cities that topped the organization were Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Results were based off of liking, sharing and commenting on posts. Visit Philadelphia was also ranked fifth in numbers of fans and followers.

While Visit Philadelphia ranked third, it did beat out its direct-market competitors—New York, Washington D.C., Boston and Baltimore—on Facebook and Instagram.

New Hire for PHLCVB

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau today announced the hire of Walden Agustin Sr. as senior national accounts director.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Walden to the PHLCVB sales team,” says Jack Ferguson, president and CEO, PHLCVB. “His experience will be a tremendous asset in promoting Philadelphia as one of the country’s top meeting destinations and booking additional room nights in our region’s hotels,”

An Out-of-the-Box Marketing Approach

The Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau has partnered with 10 airports that offer direct flights to Newark to help familiarize travelers with the city.

“Until recently, not much was known about Newark outside of the airport, and our marketing department saw an opportunity to introduce a global audience to all that’s happening here,” says Michael Davidson, executive director, GNCVB. “It’s a big win for the CVB and a win for our airport partners, driving business in both directors.”

New Hire for Discover Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Stefan Merkl as its new senior international tourism sales manager.

Merkl, who holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Golden Gate University in California, will be in charge of promoting Philly in Asian and Middle Eastern markets, such as China and India, with the hope of increasing tourism spending and visitors to the city.

Philadelphia CVB Crushes Past Convention Bookings

This week, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau announced they have had the strongest convention booking in more than a decade.

Bookings were especially strong in the second half of 2014, which is likely due to changes in work rules and customer rights that were implemented in May 2014. PHLCVB achieved 91 percent of its 2014 booking goal—or 846,357 room nights—with 79 percent of that business slated to take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with the rest at regional hotels.  

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