The 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee partnered with the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board to accommodate more than 35,000 expected participants. This partnership will help ensure a positive delegate experience and make sure they have a number of options to meet their needs during the event.
“Part of the reason the Democratic National Convention selected Philadelphia as our host city is because it has a great infrastructure,” says Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, CEO for the DNCC. “The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board are an instrumental part of that infrastructure. Together they provide hotel rooms, facilities and resources in a variety of locations that will help delegates and other participants navigate greater Philadelphia and maximize their convention experience. We are thankful for their partnership.”
The convention is estimated to use more than 15,000 hotel rooms during the slated week in July 2016, and roughly 500 buses will be used to for transportation. To accommodate even more people, the DNCC expanded to include include properties in adjacent counties, allowing the DNCC the opportunity to work with both the PHLCVB and the VFTCB.
“It is truly exciting to be hosting a convention like the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, which will provide invaluable exposure for our city,” says Julie Coker Graham, executive vice president, PHLCVB. “In addition to our superb hotel options, we are thrilled to be able to showcase to the convention delegates our walkability, our historic attractions like Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the National Constitution were signed, our many cultural institutions, our eclectic dining scene including intimate neighborhood restaurants as well as Top Chef-driven culinary experiences, and all of the other qualities that make Philadelphia one of the nation’s most sought-after cities for hosting a meeting.”