Bureau Booked Conventions Occurring at the
Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2005
|PHILADELPHIA - Jan. 28, 2005 -- The Philadelphia
Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB) today released the convention schedule
for 2005; 550 meetings and conventions will generate more than 577,000
total room nights for Philadelphia and almost a half billion in economic
The largest conventions in Philadelphia during 2005 include the
Here is a look at some of the larger PCVB-booked meetings and conventions
occurring at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2005:
Another division of the PCVB, the Greater Philadelphia Health Care Congress (GPHCC), serves as a liaison between Philadelphia's extensive health care community and the many professional societies and associations that may consider the city for future meetings and conventions. Highlights for the GPHCC in 2005 include the American Dental Association, the American Society of Nephrology as well as the North American Spine Society. The PCVB is also working with biotechnology leaders throughout the region in preparation for the BIO conference in June. BIO is the largest gathering of biotechnology industry leaders in the world who are involved in the research and development of health-care, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. Approximately 80 percent of the U.S. biopharmaceutical industry is located within a 50-mile radius of Philadelphia.
"BIO's conference is a great example of a new piece of business that brings with it growth opportunity for continued convention bookings and for business statewide," said Ferguson. "The tri-state region's biotechnology companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations all have a vested interest in this convention and are working together to ensure that attendees not only have a great experience while in Philadelphia, but that they understand the region's biotechnology strengths."
The PCVB's Philadelphia Sports Congress (PSC) will host the largest NCAA championship, the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships this May. Expected total attendance over the three-day Memorial Day weekend will be 120,000, generating an economic impact of $25 million. In 2005, PSC will again produce the greatest rivalry in sports, the Army/Navy Game, on December 3. This year marks the 79th Army/Navy Game played in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), www.pcvb.org, a private non-profit corporation, is the City of Philadelphia's primary sales and marketing organization. The mission of the PCVB is to market Philadelphia as a convention, meeting and visitor destination to regional, national and international audiences. Focusing on the meetings and conventions business and the travel trade, the PCVB's sales force works diligently to increase the city's hotel occupancy and average daily rate, while concurrently affecting other segments of the hospitality industry.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
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