New Hire for PHLCVB

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau today announced the hire of Walden Agustin Sr. as senior national accounts director.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Walden to the PHLCVB sales team,” says Jack Ferguson, president and CEO, PHLCVB. “His experience will be a tremendous asset in promoting Philadelphia as one of the country’s top meeting destinations and booking additional room nights in our region’s hotels,”

In his new position, Agustin will generate tentative and definite business from the Midwest and Southeast regions, with responsibility for midsize and citywide groups.

A Johnson & Wales University graduate, Agustin brings more than 19 years of experience to PHLCVB. Previously, he worked for the San Francisco Travel Association, where he was responsible for the Midwest citywide association and corporate accounts. He also spent time at a number of Hyatt Hotels, the Hilton San Francisco, the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Hawaii Convention Center.

“Having worked with destination marketing organizations, hotels and a convention facility I am keenly aware of what clients expect from a destination,” says Agustin. “I am excited to bring this expertise to Philadelphia and I look forward to taking the PHL story on the road as we work to drive even more convention business to the region.” 
 

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.