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Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

1700 Market Street, Suite 3000 Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215-636-3300 Fax: 215-636-3327

Get acquainted with all that Philadelphia has to offer. From shady streets to bustling night clubs, find out about what the City has to offer this season and beyond.

Our Mission.

Our mission is 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.

Who we are.

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), a private, nonprofit membership corporation, is the official Tourism Promotion Agency for the City of Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing agency for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. We are an Economic Engine for the city, creating jobs and fueling the economy by bringing meetings, conventions and travelers to Philadelphia. We are Advocates for Philadelphia and the region's continuous transformation of infrastructure, growth of human capital and brand asset management. We are Connectors for meeting planners, conference attendees, tour operators, travelers and our members by orchestrating a symphony of resources to create great expectations. We are Celebratory in our love for the City of Philadelphia, our passion for our clients and visitors and our role as ambassadors. We are Philadelphia.

What we do for you.

Convention Sales: Focuses on booking meetings, conventions, tradeshows and special events into the Pennsylvania Convention Center, member hotels and off-site venues to generate hotel room nights and economic impact for the City and region. convsales@discoverPHL.com

Convention Services: Assists planners and show organizers to ensure a smooth and successful meeting, convention or event in Philadelphia. conv-services@discoverPHL.com

Marketing & Communications: Supports the PHLCVB's and PCCA's efforts by positioning Philadelphia and the region through innovative advertising, marketing, public relations and digital campaigns. marketing@discoverPHL.com

Membership: Recruits and services PHLCVB members and brings the hospitality community together through networking events and educational seminars. membership@discoverPHL.com

Tourism: Concentrates sales and marketing efforts on the international market (consumers, tour operators and travel agents), as well as the domestic group tour market. toursales@discoverPHL.com

Finance & Administration: Handles accounting, human resources, office management and legal matters. finance-hr@discoverPHL.com

Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress: Raises the visibility of the tri-state region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware) as a world-class destination for life-sciences meetings, conventions and business. lifesciences@discoverPHL.com

Multicultural Affairs Congress: Partners with PHLCVB departments to attract and support multicultural conventions and tourism and ensures the multicultural community is an integral part of the Greater Philadelphia hospitality community. mac@discoverPHL.com

Philadelphia Sports Congress: Seeks to attract major national and international sporting events and conventions to the Greater Philadelphia region. Facilitates the annual Army-Navy Game. sportscongress@discoverPHL.com

Group Tour Planners

As the second largest city on the East Coast and in perfect proximity to many other popular group destinations, Philadelphia is a top pick for group planners. Whether you're organizing a tour for international visitors, planning a family reunion or a student group visit, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) can help craft a memorable trip to the City of Brotherly Love (and sisterly affection).

Pennsylvania Convention Center

Everything about the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) is distinctive.

It combines historic preservation and architectural innovation with state-of-the-art technology, making it one of the most adaptable, high-tech convention centers in the nation. And, its convenient Center City location means meeting here couldn't be easier.

Located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, this is one of the few convention centers designed to be uniquely woven into the city's landscape. Within a short, safe and scenic walk, visitors have access to literally hundreds of restaurants, shops, cultural institutions, attractions, and other downtown amenities, not to mention 8,500 hotel rooms.

Inside, the Convention Center is strictly 21st Century. The meeting facilities and technology are state-of-the-art. And you'll find the ambiance and amenities are hotel-like in both scope and quality.

The soaring Grand Hall and Ballroom occupy the historic Reading Terminal train shed. And the Reading Terminal Market on the ground level has been cleverly incorporated into the design, allowing modern-day visitors to shop there, just as they have been doing since 1892.

Facts

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is more dynamic and flexible than ever before. With one million square feet of saleable space, the largest ballroom on the East Coast and comfortable, welcoming lounges, the Center is considered one of the nation's premier meeting and convention facilities.

Add advanced technology, a remarkable art collection and unmatched views of Philadelphia's famous City Hall, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center becomes the complete package and a smart choice for your next event.

Attendees will find a flexible space that combines historic preservation and architectural innovation with state-of-the-art technology . They will appreciate direct access to transportation options - bus, subway, regional rail, taxi - and will discover they can simply walk to our world-class restaurants, shops and cultural attractions. More than 10,000 hotel rooms are within walking distance as well.

The Center's convenient location in the heart of downtown Philadelphia means exploring the City's neighborhoods is as easy as putting on a comfortable pair of shoes! A floor to ceiling glass facade entrance on North Broad Street serves as the gateway to Philadelphia's arts and culture venues on Broad Street and the City's renowned museums along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway , via Lenfest Plaza. The Arch Street entrance lead to the famous Reading Terminal Market and Philadelphia's Historic District.

PCC by the Numbers (All measurements in square feet.)

  • More than 1 million square feet of sellable space
  • 528,000 Total contiguous exhibit hall space
  • 7 Exhibit halls totaling 679,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • 2 Ballrooms (32,000 square feet and 55,400 square feet)
  • 82 Meeting Rooms
  • 34,960 Square foot Grand Hall
  • 23,400 Square foot Atrium overlooking the Avenue of the Arts
  • 45 Loading Docks

The Numbers Add Up:
At the Pennsylvania Convention Center, everything adds up to convenience. Clients can arrive or depart from the Center via:
Direct train service to Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak's 30th Street Train Station
2 Subway lines (within 2 blocks)
7 Regional Rail Lines (directly connected to the Center)
8 SEPTA bus routes (provide direct service)
15 SEPTA bus and subway-surface routes (within several blocks walking distance)

Customer Satisfaction:
In Philadelphia, and at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, service matter. The Center's successful new Customer Satisfaction Agreement guarantees:

  • Streamlined load-in
  • Efficient setup and breakdown
  • Overall improved efficiency
  • Coordinated services by a highly-trained, diverse workforce
  • Flexible work rules allowing booths up to 300 square feet and not requiring power tools to be assembled by exhibitors

 

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