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A Look at the Larger Philadelphia Convention & Visitors
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 impact.

The largest conventions in Philadelphia during 2005 include the 

  • Risk & Insurance Management Society, April 18-22 (23,986 total room nights); 
  • AIIM ON DEMAND, May 11-22 (10,907 total room nights); 
  • Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), June 19-22 (23,675 total room nights); 
  • American Dental Association, October 6-10 (32,869 total room nights); 
  • American Society of Nephrology, November 10-13 (31,752 total room nights); and American Academy of Religion, November 17-21 (16,689 total room nights).
"Many of the conventions that will be held in Philadelphia in 2005 are new customers and we look forward to hosting them and ensuring that they become repeat customers," said Jack Ferguson, vice president of the convention division at the PCVB. "The outreach of the PCVB's three specialized congresses - Multicultural Affairs Congress, Greater Philadelphia Health Care Congress and Philadelphia Sports Congress - helped to book these new meetings and conventions, and will continue to play a major role in the region's hospitality industry this year."

Here is a look at some of the larger PCVB-booked meetings and conventions occurring at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2005:

Convention Dates Total Attendance Hotel Room Nights Economic Impact
American Economic Association   January  7-9  8,000  15,741  $24,459,720
US Lacrosse January  13-16 4,500  2,496 $4,632,604
Buyers Market of American Craft  February, 18-21 10,000 5,510 $8,455,736
American Society on Aging  March 10-13  4,000  7,937  $9,597,840
EMS Today  March 19-22  2,500  4,170  $5,753,081
National Catholic Education Association  March 25 -April 1  7,000  12,924  $18,238,860
SAS Users Group International  April 5-16  3,000  7,971  $9,270,623
Risk & Insurance Management Society Incorporated     April 18-22  8,000  23,986  $26,930,790
Advanstar Communications  May 11-22  16,000  15,000  $20,251,245
Science Applications International Corporation  June 8-12  2,200  6,633  $8,707,776
National Forensic League  June 11-18  3,000  10,800  $8,087,160
Biotechnology Industry Organization   June 19-22  15,000  23,675  $34,755,180
International Society for Technology in Education  June 23 - July 2  11,000  21,430  $26,970,405
US Department of Labor / Workforce Innovation  July 11-13  3,000  4,140  $6,193,620
National Council of La Raza    July 16-21  15,000  5,500  $8,245,620
Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing  July 24-27  2,500  6,260  $8,948,430
American Sociological Association  August, 13-17  4,800  8,330  $10,761,885
Health Industry Distributors Association  September, 15-18  4,000  3,660  $7,429,736
National Association of Broadcasters     September, 21-22  5,000  3,488  $7,009,005
North American Spine Society  September 26 - October 1  7,000  8,052  $9,717,930
American Dental  Association  October,  6-10  15,000  36,555  $39,086,653
International Facility Management Association  October, 18-26  6,000  7,440  $10,493,700
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  October, 26-30  2,500  4,495  $5,634,735
National Middle School  Association  November 2-5  9,000  9,792  $13,373,625
American Society of Nephrology  November,10-13  12,000  31,752  $32,822,025
American Association for Cancer Research  November, 15-18  2,200  7,136  $8,897,130
American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature  November, 17-21  9,000  17,865  $22,841,325
National Staff Development Council   December, 2-7  2,000  6,450  $7,442,775

The Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), expects another big multicultural year for collaborative initiatives in 2005. First, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) will return to Philadelphia this July as this year's largest multicultural convention. This annual meeting will arrive July 16 and attract more than 15,000 attendees. Family reunions will serve up a big finish for the 2005 summer season with its steady increase of nearly 30 PCVB - booked family reunions confirmed to date.

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),, 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
Also See: Hotel Occupancy in Philadelphia Area Climbs to Highest Level in 3 Years / August 2004
Philadelphia Leisure Tourism Jumps 39% Compared to 8% National Average; Convention Center Bookings Down 26.4% from 2002 to 2003 / May 2004
In Last few Months 14 Major Conventions Have Canceled Plans for Pennsylvania Convention Center; Most Groups Cite Labor Costs as Reason / January 2003

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