• Pope Francis' Visit is Upon Us

     
    POSTED September 25, 2015
     

We're in the midst of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. The historic event has been making news everywhere. Since Tuesday, he has traveled to Washington, D.C., and New York. His next stop? Philadelphia. Close to 1 million people are expected to head to the area for the 8th World Meeting of Families. The pope will host a Papal Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul upon arrival and attend the World Meeting of Families later that evening. 

For more information on the visit, head to Discover Philadelphia's website or the official site for the pope's visit.

 

 

The return of familiarization trips is one key sign that things are beginning to return to normal in our industry. In mid-June the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted more than 40 meeting and convention planners for a three-day familiarity tour. Their stay included a visit to the Franklin Institute and world premiere exhibit Harry Potter: The Exhibition, evening reception on the Rocky Steps, and a watch party as Philadelphia was announced as a host city for the FIFA World Cup 2026.

 

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.

 

Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.”