DNC To Take Place in Philly

On the heels of Pope Francis announcing his visit to Philadelphia over the course of his U.S. trip this September, the Democratic Party has officially made its decision to host the Democratic National Convention in the City of Brotherly Love.

"I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States," says Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairman, Democratic National Committee. "In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia's deep-rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future and support our nominee." 

Presidental conventions can be expensive events for the selected city, with estimated spending at more than $60 million. However, money put back into the city can be at least triple that investment—the convention is expected to generate between $170 million and $250 million in economic impact for the city. 

"We are honored to be chosen as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention," says Julie Coker Graham, executive vice president, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Our selection validates what meeting plannes across the country know—that Philadelphia is a world-class city ready for the world's top meetings and conventions."

Other cities considered for the event were Columbus, Ohio; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Phoenix. The DNC made its decision after two trips to Philadelphia. The 2012 Democratic National Convention took place in Charlotte, N.C.from Sept. 4–6.

The convention will take place during the week of July 25, 2016. Events will take place at the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Republican National Convention will be the week before in Cleveland. The last DNC took place in Philadelphia in 1948; the RNC was held in the city in 2000. 

"This is a great day for Philadelphia and our region," says Josh Shapiro, vice chair, Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. "This victory was the result of a great team effort and many of our region's leaders and stakeholders played an important role in putting together a viable bid and our selection."

Hotel Pennsylvania is one step closer to the completion of its top-to-bottom transformation. The historic New York marvel revealed 230 redesigned rooms incorporating modern comforts with original features. In celebration of its 100-year anniversary, phase two of three seamlessly represents an evolution of its renowned history.

 

Visit Bucks County (VBC) hosted its annual Event Venue Show, an exclusive meeting planner event, at the Michener Art Museum on Sep. 19. The event showcased 45 exhibitors from local Bucks County venues and businesses to 100 meeting and event planners from the Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York region.

 

North of Philadelphia, Bucks County is celebrating their record-breaking amount of visitors.  

In 2018, the county welcomed 8.15 million visitors, an increase of 1.6 percent from 2017 and achieved a record-breaking $1.1 billion in total economic impact. With such numbers, the hospitality industry is taking full advantage.  

As Bucks County tourist status rises, for the travelers who are searching for a local experience, Bucks County is filled with breweries, independent restaurants, and hidden gems to visit.