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 Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Details the Largest Booked
Meetings and Conventions Occurring at the Pennsylvania
Convention Center in 2007 
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PHILADELPHIA - January 23, 2007 - The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB) today released the convention schedule for 2007; 245 meetings and conventions will generate more than 482,993 total room nights for Philadelphia and $656 million in economic impact. This includes both large and small meetings and conventions held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and in area hotels booked through the PCVB. Booked groups will bring attendees from every type of industry, including life sciences, education, finance, religion, and sports to the region. 

“We will continue to book meetings for 2007 as well as for future years,” said Jack Ferguson, PCVB executive vice president, convention division. “Thanks to our dedicated short-term sales staff, we typically book an additional 100,000 room nights for the year, within the year.” 
To support the short-term sales efforts, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and Pennsylvania Convention Center are integrating marketing and advertising elements for the short-term customer with the successful “Philadelphia, Where You’re at Liberty to Meet” campaign. 

The PCVB’s campaign current campaign, launched in 2006, initially focused on selling Philadelphia to planners who book their conventions and tradeshows at least five years in advance. We have been really successful in booking long-term groups thanks to ongoing positive Convention Center expansion news, as well as the city’s success in hosting the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Annual Meeting last January. This includes $543 million in contracts on the books for the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

For 2007, the largest conventions Philadelphia will host include: the National Education Association, June 25-July 5 (47,725 total room nights); National Baptist Convention, September 3-7 (25,450 total room nights); American Industrial Hygiene Association, May 30-June 9 (21,910 total room nights); American Academy of Physicians Assistants, May 25-31 (22,690 total room nights); American Dietetic Association, September 29-October 1 (15,225 total hotel room nights); and Medical Group Management Association, October 24-November 1 (12,010 total room nights). 

Here is a look at some of the larger PCVB-booked meetings and conventions occurring at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2007: 
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2007 Major Conventions * Date Attendance Total Hotel
Room Nights
Economic
Impact
US Lacrosse   1/11-14    4,700       3,835       $9,357,548
Buyers Market of American Craft   2/16-21    10,000       6,070       $9,045,572
University of Pennsylvania 125th Wharton Anniversary   4/12-14    3,000       4,067       $5,731,977
American Planning Association   4/14-17    3,500       8,925       $10,966,800
American Association of Endodontists   4/22-29    1,500       5,105       $6,477,480
Medical Library Association   5/17-23    2,300       6,348       $6,614,280
American Academy of Physician Assistants   5/25-31    10,000       22,690       $22,446,600
United Supreme Council   5/25-27    1,800       3,150       $3,610,950
American Industrial Hygiene Association   5/30-6/9    7,000       21,910       $21,933,600
National Association of Black Accountants, Inc.   6/20-23    1,900       5,308       $6,027,465
National Education Association   6/25-7/5     16,000       47,725        $37,392,043
Points of Light Foundation     7/15-17    4,000       9,621       $13,748,058
African Methodist Episcopal Church, Inc.     7/17-24    4,600       9,475       $8,044,410
American Legislative Exchange Council    7/24-28    1,200       5,280       $5,907,765
Academy of Management    8/2-10    5,000       14,495       $13,296,960
Siemens Medical Solutions Health Service Corporation   8/10-16    1,300       4,578       $6,443,280
American Podiatric Medical Association   8/16-19    2,500       4,895       $6,648,480
GSA - Impact Associates     8/20-23    4,500       10,410       $14,559,339
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.   9/3-7    30,000       25,450       $30,013,920
National Rural Water Association   9/23-26    2,000       5,700       $6,044,565
American Dietetic Association   9/29-10/1      10,000       15,255       $19,854,525
American Health Information Management Association   10/4-12    5,000       13,035       $15,370,620
American College of Gastroenterology    10/10-17    3,000       9,950       $10,881,300
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals   10/21-24    4,000       7,305        $11,052,300
Medical Group Management Association   10/24-11/1    6,000       12,010       $16,578,450
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Inc.   10/31-11/3    3,000       6,455      $10,777,617
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists     11/15-18    5,000       8,355       $10,704,885
American Epilepsy Society      11/29-12/4       3,000 6,002       $7,770,810

 * This list includes only the largest conventions, out of the 245 booked, for 2007. 

Who we are: The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), www.PhiladelphiaUSA.travel, a private non-profit membership corporation, is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia, and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The PCVB competes with its counterparts worldwide for convention and tourism business. The organization has departments dedicated to the multicultural, sports, and life sciences markets. 

Our mission: To generate economic impact and job growth by increasing the region's hotel occupancy and revenues, while concurrently affecting other diverse segments of the hospitality industry. To do whatever it takes to attract ethnically diverse regional, national and international convention and tourism customers through creative sales, marketing and communications efforts. To deliver exceptional service and experiences for all, ensuring repeat business across market segments. To increase the quality of life for all our citizens, stakeholders, and visitors by supporting the region's vibrant arts and entertainment, historic, cultural, retail, restaurant, and sports venues. 

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Contact:

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB)
Sarah Hines, 215-636-3412 

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Also See: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Continues to Energize the Hospitality Industry; Generates More Than $1 Billion in Future Convention & Tourism Bookings / July 2006
A Look at the Larger Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Booked Conventions Occurring at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2005 / January 2005
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Reiterates Importance of Expansion of PA Convention Center at Annual Meeting / November 2005
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