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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.

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.”

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

Philadelphia Conventions & Visitors Bureau Opens Office in Copenhagen

In an effort to expand globally, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen. Atlantic Link will work with tour operators to develop itineraries that incorporate Philadelphia and the landmarks the city offers.

Blue Mountain Resort Hopes to Set a Guinness World Record!

You may not know it, but January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, and Blue Mountain Resort in the Pocono Mountains is celebrating throughout January. The Learn to Ski and Snowboard/Bring a Friend initiative began in 2009 and will continue this year. To encourage newcomers to the sport, there will be discounted lessons, a Guinness World Record event and Bring-A-Friend promotions throughout January.

·      Learn to Ski and Snowboard Specials:
 $49 Beginner Lessons every Sunday in January ($95 value) - except Jan. 15

Backpacks to Briefcases

On Nov. 16, 20 MPI PHL members and myself had the pleasure of engaging with Temple and Drexel Hospitality and Tourism students in an information filled speed networking hour, aptly named Backpacks to Briefcases.

Baskets from A Gift Inside Deliver Delicious Edible Treats

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A Gift Inside began in 2009 as an online gift shop known as Golden State Fruit. It then expanded to the East Coast in 2013 and set up shop in a 40,000-square-foot production facility located in the heart of Lancaster County. After purchasing an artisan confections company in 2015, A Gift Inside added a full-service chocolate kitchen to both of its facilities, where many chocolates are handcrafted.

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