Pennsylvania Meetings + Events Magazine

New Drink Trends are Raising the Bar

Cocktail and drink trends come and go, but what we can always count on is an ever evolving scene that gets more creative with every passing year. Whether it’s variations on the classic cocktails or a completely new concoction, the drink trend is headed for another overhaul this season.

Hotel Hershey Appoints New General Manager

After 14 years of service as Hotel Hershey’s general manager, Brian O’Day has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2017. Taking his place will be current assistant general manager, Bill Hendrix.

As general manager Hendrix will oversee the entire operation of The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Laundry and Cleaning. The hotel, built by chocolate tycoon Milton S. Hershey, features 276 guest rooms and a surplus of amenities such as a spa, three restaurants and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space.

Study Hotels Opens in University City

Study Hotels has opened its second location in the heart of University City. The hotel is located at the crossroads of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The 10-story hotel, owned and developed by New York-based developer Hospitality 3, features 212 guest rooms. It also includes features such an innovative Study living room, fitness center and an active art gallery that showcases local artists and student work on a rotating basis.

Valley Forge & Montgomery County Blur the Lines Between Past and Present

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Just outside of Philadelphia, Valley Forge & Montgomery County is booming. “The Valley Forge region offers meeting planners versatility when selecting their meeting venues,” says Marc Kaminetsky, director of convention and tourism sales at the Valley Forge Convention & Tourism Board. “From full-service hotels to conference centers, the region has something for everyone. Montgomery County specializes in creating a memorable experience for all of your meeting attendees.”

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Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires New Executive Director of Tourism

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the appointment of Svetlana Yazovskikh to the position of executive director of tourism. Yazovskikh has been with PHLCVB for nine years; her most recent position was the senior international tourism manager.

“I am extremely pleased that Svetlana has accepted our offer to lead the PHLCVB’s tourism team,” says Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO, PHLCVB. “Her commitment to Philadelphia and our customers is unmatched.”

News from our Partners in Gettysburg!

Gettysburg is one of my favorite destinations in Pennsylvania. I spent a fantastic few days there a while ago and was delighted to learn how much this town has to offer. It turns out that they have some exciting developments underway that directly affect the meetings/event industry.

Here’s what’s happening thanks to Carl Whitehill sharing the news:

New hotel is set to open in Spring 2017

Sample Ethnic Flavors Without Leaving the State

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Whether you're a foodie or not, chances are you’ve had your fair share of Mexican, Chinese and Italian meals, but how about the more obscure ethnic foods like Austrian or Lebanese? You don’t have to travel the globe to experience some of the world’s greatest cuisines. Right here in the state of Pennsylvania, we are home to an eclectic array of restaurants, true to their backgrounds and homelands, and a great alternative to the more common event and meeting places. 

Mojito Cuba Caribe, New Hope

Meet Jackie Antonucci

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.

Jackie Antonucci was recently hired as sales manager for Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau in Zelienople, Pa.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as sales manager at Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau? Meeting all our members and contributing to its growth in this area.

Bigger and Better

In case you haven’t heard the news, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is about to complete Phase II of the resort, which means it will soon be home to America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. Upon completion, the true 220,000-square-foot waterpark expansion will include the following additions:

* Dungeons of Hout Bay Wave Pool

* Lazy River Expansion

* Screaming Hyena slide featuring a trap-door start that drops you into a near-vertical plunge at up to 25 miles per hour

Lancaster Cupcake Believes in the Power of Cupcakes

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Lancaster Cupcake was started on the belief that a cupcake could have the power to impact someone’s day. This belief is rooted and evident in the story of Emily and Jeff Mitchell, the husband-and-wife founders. Emily began baking for friends, family and co-workers while she was studying to become a nurse. The couple experienced misfortune when Jeff’s company’s owner became the focus of an FBI investigation and was later charged with embezzlement.

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