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Meet Angela Val

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Angela Val was recently hired as the chief administrative officer at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as chief administrative officer at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau? 

PHLCVB Reveals Partnership with MPI

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed it will support Meeting Professionals International’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, working as the title sponsor of the program for one year. 

Accredited by Saint Louis University, the program, provides participants with vital information on compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings.

Overseas Visitors Flock to Philly

In 2014, Philadelphia saw a substantial uptick in the amount of time overseas travelers stayed in the city.

Specifically, these visitors who stayed overnight in the Philadelphia region, increased by 14.2 percent from 2013. Average visitor spend also increased by 10 percent, generating $578 million for the local economy.

PHLCVB Celebrates Tourism Week

During this past week, cities across the U.S. united to observe National Travel & Tourism Week, a yearly tradition established by a Congressional resolution in 1983. The event honors the important contributions the travel industry makes to the economy.

Call for PAMPI Award Nominations

It’s that time of the year. The Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meetings Professionals International is asking for nominations for their five separate Chapter Awards. They include:

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.

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