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Event Bookings Show Success of PCCA's New Business Model

Four years after it met in Philadelphia, Lightfair International will again convene at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2017.

Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference; it first met in Philly in 2011. The event’s return signifies the effectiveness of the convention center’s new business model.

Police Security Expo to Remain in Atlantic City

The Police Security Expo will remain in Atlantic City Convention Center for the next three years.

Also known as the Industry SuperShow, the expo features the latest products, services and technological within the industry. Items range from flashlights to uniforms, transport vehicles, forcible entry tools, weapons, crime scene investigation aids, wireless services and digital cameras. It has been held in Atlantic City since 1987.

Foodie Culture Hits Gettysburg

The Civil War may be the first thing that comes to one’s mind when thinking of Gettysburg, but a close second should be the food offerings available to the nearly 3.7 million visitors and thousands of meeting and conference attendees each year.

Study Shows High Support For Montgomery County Facility

The King of Prussia District and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board recently released the findings of a study on the feasibility of a meetings and events center in Montgomery County, Pa.

Excitingly, the research shows the idea of a center with 125,000 square feet of space, including an exhibit hall, banquet hall and meeting rooms, is highly supported. The study also found that those in favor believed the facility would have a positive effect on the economic development of the county.

Philly Hotels Witnessed Hotel Records in June

A packed summer convention calendar likely resulted in a huge boon for Center City hotels, which saw record hotel occupancy in June.

Overall occupancy peaked at 89.4 percent—the highest monthly occupancy on record. The average daily rate also broke a record, witnessing $212.95, the highest since October 2014. The Government Finance Officers Association, the Biotechnology Industrial Organization convention and the International Society for Technology in Education convention helped grow midweek occupancy.  

Visit Bucks County Awards $219,000

In May, Visit Bucks County revealed the recipients of the tourism office's Spring 2015 Tourism Grant program; thirty-one nonprofit tourism organizations together will receive $219,000.

The program, implemented seven years ago to help with the development and enhancement of nonprofit tourism, has distributed more than $2.3 million since its inception.

The funding will be used for website redesigns, enhancements, marketing collateral, capital improvements, tourism product development and more.

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.

Visit Bucks County Announces Tourism Awards

In conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week, yesterday, Visit Bucks County handed out awards during its Travel & Tourism Annual Awards breakfast.

The program honors industry employees and organizations for their accomplishments, service and leadership. The awards included Hospitality Leadership Award, Guest Excellence Award, Community Service Award and the Rising Star Award.

AC Observation Wheel Moving Along

New Jersey’s first Observation Wheel is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Earlier this month, Anthony Catanoso, president and principal owner of Steel Pier Associates in Atlantic City, N.J.—the location of the forthcoming wheel—and James Catanoso, operations manager of Steel Pier, traveled to Melara, Italy, where the wheel is being constructed. The duo visited for the first of three inspections.

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