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.” 
 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.