We're in the midst of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. The historic event has been making news everywhere. Since Tuesday, he has traveled to Washington, D.C., and New York. His next stop? Philadelphia. Close to 1 million people are expected to head to the area for the 8th World Meeting of Families. The pope will host a Papal Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul upon arrival and attend the World Meeting of Families later that evening.
J. Scott Catering has an exciting celebration ahead—the full-service, Philadelphia-based caterer is turning 20 years old!
J. Scott Walsh, founder and president of the company, and a culinary arts graduate of Paul Smith’s College, started his catering career in his parent’s home. Then, in 1996, he opened a brick-and-mortar facility in the Malvern Shopping Center; in 2004, he moved the company to its current, 10,000-square foot location.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau released their brand-new office space on the corner of 16th and Market Street near Philadelphia’s City Hall.
The CVB worked with Nelson, a global interior design, architecture, engineering and consulting services firm, to create the approximately 12,000-square-foot space, which reflects a more open and flexible environment.
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has selected Richard Staub as the senior vice president, convention sales.
In his role, Staub will be in charge of leading the CVB’s convention sales and services team in hitting booking goals through the marketing of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. He will start in September.
Four years after it met in Philadelphia, Lightfair International will again convene at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2017.
Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference; it first met in Philly in 2011. The event’s return signifies the effectiveness of the convention center’s new business model.
Center City Philadelphia is experience a stellar 2015 with its leisure tourism occupancy.
The first six months of the year, hotels have sold 416,000 room nights for leisure travelers—a 3.8 percent from the first half of 2014. And with the pope’s visit in September on the horizon, the area will hopefully result in a leisurely record year.
A stellar PAMPI event is just around the corner.
Taking place Aug. 19 at the Franklin Institute the “The Art of Connecting People” is free for PAMPI members and is sure to be an enlightening opportunity.
Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, president and chief connector, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC., will discuss ways in which to get people excited with volunteering and membership organization and how to maintain that enthusiasm.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed it will support Meeting Professionals International’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, working as the title sponsor of the program for one year.
Accredited by Saint Louis University, the program, provides participants with vital information on compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings.