PHLCVB Press Room Press Releases

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Highest Convention Booking Year Ever

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and National School Boards Association among Major Conventions Secured For Philadelphia

3 March, 2017
Philadelphia Introduces the Philadelphia Specialist Badge to Travel Trade in Australia

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is pleased to launch the Philadelphia Specialist Badge, a bespoke training module for travel agents as part of the USA Discovery Programme, an initiative of Brand USA, for travel agents in Australia.

21 February, 2017
Philadelphia Introduces the Philadelphia Specialist Badge to Travel Trade in New Zealand

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is pleased to launch the Philadelphia Specialist Badge, a bespoke training module for travel agents as part of the USA Discovery Programme, an initiative of Brand USA, for travel agents in New Zealand.

21 February, 2017
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Appoints Svetlana Yazovskikh as Executive Director of Tourism

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) President & CEO Julie Coker Graham has announced the appointment of Svetlana Yazovskikh to the position of executive director of tourism...

19 January, 2017
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Expands Global Efforts in International Tourism, Launches Office in Copenhagen

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors (PHLCVB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen to expand on its current efforts and serve as an extension of the PHLCVB team in the Nordic region....

6 January, 2017
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires Angela Val as Organization's Chief Administrative Officer

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) today announced that Angela Val will join the organization as Chief Administrative Officer. Val, who most recently served as Deputy Executive Director for the 2016 Philadelphia Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention...

18 November, 2016
Have a 'Full-Filling' Thanksgiving in Philadelphia This November

What better place to honour one of the most quintessential U.S. holidays, Thanksgiving, than in Philadelphia, the birthplace of America. This 24 November, ensure your family is thoroughly entertained by experiencing some of the city's magical events and activities that make this holiday season so popular, including ice skating, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving day parade and celebratory meals.

3 November, 2016
Overseas Visitation to Philadelphia Increased in 2015

Emerging Markets Show Largest Growth; Economic Impact Also Increases...

23 September, 2016
PHL Life Sciences Honors American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and CEO Dr. Margaret Foti with the Ultimate Solution Award

Philadelphia, PA- September 15, 2016 - On September 14 at the National Constitution Center, PHL Life Sciences, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), presented its Ultimate Solution Award to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and its CEO Margaret Foti, Ph.D., MD (hc). The award is given annually to an individual or organization who has raised Philadelphia's profile as a life sciences meeting and convention destination. The PHLCVB currently has 378 life sciences related meetings & conventions booked for the future and the life sciences industry accounts for more than 50 percent of the bookings at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

20 September, 2016
2017 NFL Draft to Be Held in Philadelphia

MASSIVE FREE FAN FESTIVAL SET FOR BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY: The 82nd NFL Draft will be held April 27-29, 2017 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, incorporating famed city landmarks spanning from Philadelphia City Hall to the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and Philadelphia Mayor JIM KENNEY announced today...

3 September, 2016
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Appoints Jeffrey Yau As International Tourism Sales Manager

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Yau as International Tourism Sales Manager...

23 August, 2016
Democratic National Convention Contributes to Blockbuster Summer Season for Hospitality Industry

Philadelphia's hospitality industry is having a blockbuster summer thanks to the Democratic National Convention, two major sporting events and eight citywide conventions, which combined will generate close to $500 million in economic impact for the city. Area hotels and businesses have already seen substantial summer activity thanks to the incredibly strong summer convention calendar...

17 August, 2016
Discover Philadelphia's Rich Political History as the City Prepares to Welcome the 2016 Democratic National Convention

This year will mark the election of the 45th President of the United States and what better place for the voting of candidates of the Democratic Party than Philadelphia, where America's Founding Fathers forged democratic principles into the Declaration of Independence and changed the course of history in 1776.

7 July, 2016
Philadelphia: Greenest City in America

When founder William Penn first drew up the plans for Philadelphia, he envisioned a “Greene Country Towne,” with five squares anchoring the city's neighborhoods. His legacy is still visible today as visitors stroll through Washington Square, have a picnic at Rittenhouse Square or enjoy Philadelphia's many other pocket parks and urban oases. In fact, with the largest city-owned urban park system in the world, Philadelphia is the greenest city in America. And, during the summer months, even more of Philadelphia's public spaces are transformed into picturesque pop-up parks, offering places to cool off, relax and unwind.

15 June, 2016
Copa America Centenario Soccer Tournament to Bring More Than 75,000 Fans to Philadelphia

The Copa America Centenario soccer tournament kicked off in the U.S. on Friday and will take place across 10 venues in the United States throughout the month of June. Philadelphia will host three first round match-ups during the historic tournament at Lincoln Financial Field including the Uruguay vs. Venezuela on Thursday, June 9, United States vs. Paraguay on Saturday, June 11 and Chile vs. Panama on Tuesday, June 14. The games are expected to draw more than 75,000 fans to the city over those three days, generating an economic impact of $41 million and impacting occupancy at area hotels. According to data from TravelClick, June 9, 11 and 14, are strong for Center City hotels, with all three days currently sitting above 90% occupancy. This is in large part due to the number of rooms the athletes, organizers, media, sponsors and fans are occupying, in addition to two conventions in town.

9 June, 2016
“Green Team” launched at Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) has launched a “Green Team” to complement its existing core of sustainability programs that have already resulted in greater energy efficiency and savings for the leading event and meeting venue in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

3 June, 2016
Discover Philadelphia's Craft Beer Scene and Toast America's Best Beer Drinking City

Philadelphia's craft beer scene continues to lure fans of independent breweries and speciality ales from all around the world thanks to its rich history dating back to the mid-19th century. The industry boomed until the US Prohibition in the 1920's and 1930's, which caused the industry to fall into decline. However, since the 1980's, independent craft breweries have been launching at a rapid rate and firmly establishing why Philadelphia is often been referred to as the best beer drinking city in the USA.

1 June, 2016
Philadelphia to Host Ninth World Congress for Neurorehabilitation, First Time Meeting in United States

Philadelphia will welcome the 9th World Congress for NeuroRehabilitation (WCNR), at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from May 10-13, 2016. This year's theme, “From Science to Society,” will cover inspiring scientific and clinical advances in neurorehabilitation and their impact on patient outcome and integration in society. This is the first time the Congress is gathering in the United States, previous meetings were held in Australia, Turkey, Vienna and Brazil among other locations.

11 May, 2016
Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Gathers In Support Of National Travel & Tourism Week

Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Gathers In Support Of National Travel & Tourism Week

5 May, 2016
Villanova Men's Basketball Team Announced as 2016 John Wanamaker Athletic Award Winners

On June 22, the Villanova University's Men's Basketball Team will receive the 2016 John Wanamaker Athletic Award during a ceremony and luncheon at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia. Long before Kris Jenkins' buzzer beater hit the bottom of the net in the title game, the city of Philadelphia had become awash in Villanova Wildcat fever. On April 4, they cemented their win against the highly touted Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina, earning the title of 2016 NCAA National Champions and bringing Villanova its first basketball championship since 1985.

5 May, 2016