• Dozens of Meeting Planners Tour Philly

     
    POSTED June 28, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Dozens of Meeting Planners Tour Philly

     
    POSTED June 28, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Dozens of Meeting Planners Tour Philly

     
    POSTED June 28, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

Philadelphia has been chosen as one of 11 U.S. cities (in addition to three in Mexico and two in Canada) to host matches during the World Cup. The biggest event in global sports will draw visitors from around the world to watch elite athletes compete at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Last November, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” recovery package to support New York’s hard-hit tourism sector. Part of that package is a $25 million “Meet in New York” grant program that focuses on venues and events that generate and support business-related travel. “This holistic approach to visitation recognizes the spending habits of business and convention travelers for overnight stays, food, and activities,” the governor’s press office noted.

 

After having closed its doors in November 2019 for an extensive renovation, The Pridwin Hotel & Cottages on Shelter Island, New York, is accepting reservations beginning July 15. The 49-room luxury property, which dates to 1927, will be reopening under the ownership of a collaboration between Cape Resorts, a hospitality investment and management company specializing in adaptive reuse and historical preservation of resort properties, and the Petry family, who has owned and operated the resort since 1961. 

 

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”