Philadelphia

Event Bookings Show Success of PCCA's New Business Model

Four years after it met in Philadelphia, Lightfair International will again convene at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2017.

Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference; it first met in Philly in 2011. The event’s return signifies the effectiveness of the convention center’s new business model.

Philly Leisure Occupancy Rates Soaring from 2014

Center City Philadelphia is experience a stellar 2015 with its leisure tourism occupancy.

The first six months of the year, hotels have sold 416,000 room nights for leisure travelers—a 3.8 percent from the first half of 2014. And with the pope’s visit in September on the horizon, the area will hopefully result in a leisurely record year.

Register Now for PAMPI Event

A stellar PAMPI event is just around the corner.

Taking place Aug. 19 at the Franklin Institute the “The Art of Connecting People” is free for PAMPI members and is sure to be an enlightening opportunity.

Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, president and chief connector, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC., will discuss ways in which to get people excited with volunteering and membership organization and how to maintain that enthusiasm.

PHLCVB Reveals Partnership with MPI

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed it will support Meeting Professionals International’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, working as the title sponsor of the program for one year. 

Accredited by Saint Louis University, the program, provides participants with vital information on compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings.

Philly Hotels Witnessed Hotel Records in June

A packed summer convention calendar likely resulted in a huge boon for Center City hotels, which saw record hotel occupancy in June.

Overall occupancy peaked at 89.4 percent—the highest monthly occupancy on record. The average daily rate also broke a record, witnessing $212.95, the highest since October 2014. The Government Finance Officers Association, the Biotechnology Industrial Organization convention and the International Society for Technology in Education convention helped grow midweek occupancy.  

Overseas Visitors Flock to Philly

In 2014, Philadelphia saw a substantial uptick in the amount of time overseas travelers stayed in the city.

Specifically, these visitors who stayed overnight in the Philadelphia region, increased by 14.2 percent from 2013. Average visitor spend also increased by 10 percent, generating $578 million for the local economy.

Nomad Pizza’s historic food truck delivers smiles

When you want something that sparks both the appetite and a conversation, hire Nomad Pizza’s unique food truck. This isn’t your average white box truck. Instead, it’s a restored 1949 REO Speedwagon that just so happens to come equipped with a wood-fired brick oven. Thin-crust pizza that makes even the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan ooze with compliments is what Nomad does best, with two locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hopewell, New Jersey. The truck is limited to events within 30 miles of Hopewell.

Ritz To Undergo Major Refresh

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia is about to embark on a major renovation.  

The facelift for the hotel, located on the Avenue of the Arts, will begin later this year. Wilmberly Interiors are the architects and interior designers for the updates, which will include new guests rooms and meeting spaces, an updated lobby and public spaces, and a new restaurant, bar and lounge. It is slated for completion in spring 2016.

Meet The Panzer Family, Eventuosity

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It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Just ask Justin Panzer, CEO and founder of Eventuosity. Panzer, a marketing executive who was always on the road launching new products, went from trade show to customer tour to training session with color-coded spreadsheets and binders. “I thought to myself, there has to be a better way to organize all of this,” he says. From group texts to emails and documents, “I always felt I was losing track of something.”

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