The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board recently announced the appointment of Richard J. Odorisio to the president of the CVB’s Board of Directors.

Odorisio, currently the COO of the Valley Forge Hotel Management Association, is replacing Former president Michael Bowman, who is now the VFTCB president.

"Between Mike and Rick's experience and extensive time in the hospitality industry, we are very excited to have both of them leading the charge to showcase Montgomery County's impressive tourism assets," says Josh Shapiro, chairman, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners.

Odorisio communicate information from the VFTCB’s Board of Directors to staff, making sure all the CVB’s objectives remain focused, measurable and actionable.

Previously, Odorisio served as the chairman of the Board of Directors. He has worked in a number of senior management roles for properties including the Marriott, Wyndham, Omni and Hitlon brands. He also served as the director of sales for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"We couldn't be in better hands than to be under the guidance of a board with Rick as president. His insight and counsel will prove to be very valuable as we devise our short- and long-term plans for the future of our organization, says Bowman. “We look forward to his input regarding initiatives that range from this year's World Meeting of Families and visit by Pope Francis to next year's Democratic National Convention to initiatives and strategies to take us well into the future." 

 

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.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”