Last week, on Tuesday, May 12, the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, celebrated Philadelphia’s life science and hospitality industries.

They did so by honoring Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, with PHLLife’s The Ultimate Solution Award, which is given annually to an individual or organization who has raised Philadelphia’s profile in the life sciences convention and meetings destination. Mayor Nutter received the award for his advocacy of the meetings and convention industry and STEM education. The award is sponsored by Comcast and is presented during a reception in which David Cohen, senior executive vice president, and Marc Siry, vice president strategic development, spoke about Comcast’s digital health initiatives.

Philadelphia has made a name for itself in the medical, pharmaceutical and biotech meetings, conventions and business industry, hosting such events as the American Association for Cancer Research 2015 Annual Meeting and the upcoming 2015 BIO International Conference and Exhibition.

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.