In 2019, the President of the Pennsylvania Convention Center sees a greater use of data to shape customer experiences. John J. McNichol anticipates offering a highly personalized attendee experience, he told Mid-Atlantic Events magazine.
From the production to the lineup and everything in between, I couldn’t have been happier with how HiJinx 2018 turned out at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, a reviewer wrote.
On December 28-29 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, gear up for 2019 at HiJinx! Featuring appearances from Big Gigantic, Ganja White Night, and many more.
Suddenly, Philadelphia has become a model city, with a Super Bowl-winning NFL team and a new radical political class. Oh, and Meek Mill is finally free. We asked some of our favorite locals why they're celebrating 2018.
Philadelphia will serve as the first-ever U.S. host city for the 2018 Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) Annual Conference. The group visited the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Exhibitor magazine took a snapshot of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and where to eat and sleep near the nation's 14th largest such facility.
On Thursday, Nov. 1, in front of 200 guests, the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boy Scouts of America, hosted the 33rd Annual Hospitality “Good Scout” Award dinner presenting honors to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Kelvin D. Moore, CMP, SMG Regional General Manager at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC), sat down with the PHL Diversity Podcast to discuss his new role in promoting Philadelphia as a top U.S. meetings destination.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center has launched a new website to serve as an online platform for the public and art lovers to discover and learn about 131 pieces of fine art installed throughout public spaces within the facility's 2011 expansion.
Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, in conjunction with SMG, was asked by the Pennsylvania Convention Center to provide seven new LED video displays to amplify the guest experience during more than 200 annual events hosted by the facility.
The MedTech Conference wrapped up its 12th annual edition boasting double-digit growth in attendance and partnering meetings. Held Sept. 24-26 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the three-day gathering of executives attracted more than 1,000 companies.
SMG's Kelvin D. Moore took on his duties as the new general manager of the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the summer. Moore, a former Chicagoan, recently spoke with the Philadelphia Business Journal about his goals and how the meetings market has changed
For the first time, HiJinx festival will be take place right in the center of the City of Brotherly Love. Occupying four city blocks, Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center will host the Northeast’s largest indoor music festival on December 28th and 29th
Pop culture is being celebrated all weekend long during Keystone Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. It’s called cosplay, it’s a thing at comic cons, where attendees dress like their favorite characters from comics, television and film.
On Saturday, September 15th, join Ron Bennington and Big Jay Oakerson for a special Keystone Comic Con event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA) and its hospitality and business partners donated a truckload of more than 40,000 books to children in need during a three-day community service project that commemorated the facility’s 25th anniversary.
In honor of their 25th anniversaries, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA) and Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit social enterprise First Book will bring 40,000 brand-new books to children from low-income families in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Natural Products Expo East has announced it will pull out of Baltimore and head to the expanded and updated Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia after 2019.
Philadelphia restaurant group Craft Concepts Group — opening its newest eatery near the Pennsylvania Convention Center — will focus on growing its events business and going more local with its menu offerings.
America’s largest annual gathering of progressives will be heading to the Pennsylvania Convention Center next year for its fourteenth meeting, said Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym during the Netroots Nation 2018 closing keynote.
One of the rarest nickels to be ever made, worth an estimated $5 million, is coming to Philly next month for the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This coin, called the Eliasberg 1913 Liberty Head Nickel, is only one of five ever produced.
SMG, the world’s leader in public facilities management, has selected a new top executive to lead the helm of its operations at the 2 million-square-foot Pennsylvania Convention Center. Kelvin D. Moore, CMP, will serve as General Manager beginning July 16.
This year, America turns 242 — and she’s asking for a little more than just dinner and a movie. Luckily, Philadelphia knows how to throw a party. And you’re on the guest list.
There will be 50 free events taking place as part of the Wawa Welcome America festival from June 28 through July 4 in Philadelphia. The events include a Community Festival on June 30 at Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by opening its doors to the public for a free community festival and self-guided art tours on Saturday, June 30th as part of Wawa Welcome America.
Convention centers are built to inject dollars into the local economy and to attract conventions and meetings to the cities where they are located. From July 1993-March 2018, the Convention Center held 7,177 events, attracted 27.2 million attendees and generated an economic impact of $13.3 billion.
Henry Winkler, ‘Women of Pop Culture,’ Stephen Amell, Jewel Staite Fan Sessions, Anime Voice Actors, Creator Panels, Costume Contests, Cosplay Sessions All Weekend Long at Pennsylvania Convention Center, Thursday through Sunday, May 17-20.
Center City hotels closed out the first quarter of 2018 with record breaking results.The Eagles Super Bowl win, the return of popular events like the Philadelphia Auto Show and Philadelphia Flower Show and a full convention calendar contributed to an occupancy of 73.1 percent and $135 million in revenue for local hotels during the first quarter.
A full convention calendar coupled with popular events have resulted in Philadelphia reporting a booming hotel performance for Q1 that supported 73,000 hospitality jobs, says Pennsylvania Convention Center President & CEO John J. McNichol.
The third edition was the most comprehensive PACK EXPO East yet, welcoming more than 6,000 attendees with buying power to a busy Pennsylvania Convention Center filled with successful new features and satisfied exhibitors.
International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will be a keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Convention Center in Center City.
The African-American History and Showcase is kind of like a shopping mall, with a whole bunch of small special-interest exhibitors anchored by a few, longtime reliable attractions.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center will turn its 475 LED lights on Broad Street blue on Monday, April 2 for World Autism Awareness Day. Taking a cue from Autism Speaks’ #LightItUpBlue campaign, the Convention Center is seeking increase understanding, acceptance, and awareness of autism.
Action News anchor Rick Williams joined Grammy-nominated musician Eric Roberson on Saturday night as emcees for the annual UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Philly remains a strong market overall for retail real estate, swimming against the national current — and the Market East area near the Pennsylvania Convention Center is providing a strong kick.
The 20th annual Philadelphia Tattoo Convention is the world’s largest traveling exhibition of live tattoo art and curiosities. Folks turned out hundreds deep, wrapping around the Pennsylvania Convention Center for an opportunity to get an Eagles tattoo.
LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®), the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference, returns to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in May 2019, according to Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., chairman, chief executive officer and president of LFI managing partner AmericasMart® Atlanta.
According to the Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, 253,191 people attended the 2017 Philadelphia Auto Show, the biggest turnout since 2004. Also, a new attendance record was also set on opening Sunday of the show, with 39,630 guests present that day. How do you follow that up?
It's draft day for Major League Soccer and several players with Greater Cincinnati ties are hoping to get good news. Following the MLS player combine earlier this week in Orlando, America's top-tier soccer league will welcome in a draft class of new talent to the workforce during Friday's SuperDraft at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Philadelphia Auto Show is about three weeks away and the event’s executive director, Kevin Mazzucola, is in what he says is the hurricane of auto show production. That means its crunch time for the nine-person team that puts together one of Philadelphia’s biggest events of the year.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center has just completed acquiring and permanently installing a 127-piece collection of contemporary art, at a cost of about $1.5 million.
Millions of fans know Rob Riggle, 47, from his work on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and from his contributions to the “Fox NFL Sunday” pregame show. Fewer are aware of Riggle’s 23 years in the Marines and Marine Corps Reserve, from which he retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2013. He visited the Center on Dec. 8.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center will install new marquee signage along the facility’s Broad Street entrance to prominently brand the 2 million square-foot facility, which attracts more than 1 million annual convention and show attendees.
The Urban Affairs Coalition Networking Breakfast event celebrated its 48th Anniversary at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and recognized the 2017 Urban Affairs Coalition Award honorees.
The Philly Bike Expo attracted a record number of exhibitors and attendees, organizers said, and the show's first attempt at trade-only hours attracted about 150 registered industry members, including retailers and suppliers. The show sold 4,213 tickets and featured 177 booths, including many custom frame builders, along with cycling organizations.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday formally designated the criminal gang MS-13 as a priority for federal law enforcement, vowing to use agencies ranging from the FBI to Homeland Security and the IRS to dismantle what he described as an organization that “threatens the lives and well-being of each and every family and each and every neighborhood [it] infests.”
A major conference underway in Philadelphia is designed to foster diversity in the workplace. About 4,000 people are taking part in the Out and Equal summit at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and Screenwriter, director and producer Shonda Rhimes spoke on stage during Pennsylvania Conference For Women 2017 at Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 3, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
ReedPOP is launching a new annual convention in Philadelphia named Keystone Comic Con. Scheduled to debut September 14 - 16, 2018 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Keystone Comic Con is described as similiar to ReedPOP's New York Comic Con, C2E2, and Emerald City Comic Con, but with "a local twist" for Pennsylvania.
Ryan Boyer, a member of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, was among the most influential Philadelphians honored by The Philadelphia Tribune on Sept. 14.
The NFL draft was a tourism boon for Philadelphia, exceeding expectations and delivering nearly $95 million in economic impact to the city.
After more than a year of renovations, the historic Liberty Title building returned to North Broad Street as a 179-room Aloft Hotel connected to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
A lot of people don’t know that Philadelphia has thus far hosted a total of 12 political conventions. Last year’s presidential election also gave Philadelphia the chance to host the Democratic National Convention, so the city certainly has a long history of hosting conventions.
ExL Events is proud to bring the 11th Digital Pharma East conference to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 3–6, 2017.
Michelle Obama is coming to Philadelphia. The former first lady will be in town Oct. 3 for the 14th Pennsylvania Conference for Women. About 10,000 people are expected to attend one of the region’s largest gatherings for women held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
By 2018, the total hotel inventory in Philadelphia is expected to grow by 20%. The last 12 months have been busy for Philadelphia’s hotel scene, with the city welcoming a host of exciting new hotels, including an anchor to the Pennsylvania Convention Center..
LIGHTFAIR® International (LFI®) set all-new records at the Pennsylvania Convention Center May 7-11 with the largest trade show floor and largest Philadelphia registration highlighting its 2017 performance.
A trailblazer and advocate for change, Ahmeenah Young was a first of her kind who made sure she wouldn’t be the last.
Friends, family and colleagues are remembering an influential and renowned trailblazer who has passed away. Ahmeenah Young, the first woman and first African American president of the Pennsylvania Convention Center died Friday.
Ahmeenah Young, a former president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority who was well-known in the hospitality industry and, according to U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, “a true renaissance person and a champion for the city of Philadelphia,” died on Friday, June 2, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. She was 69.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center hosted 221 conventions, meetings, and trade shows in 2016, attracting 1.1 million attendees, who stayed 365,000 nights in hotel rooms and spent $256 million, according to a report released by the Convention Center Tuesday.
Forty thousand runners registered for Sunday’s 38th annual Broad Street Run, and many of this year’s participants picked up their race bibs Friday, at a health and fitness expo in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The second full day at RIMS 2017 was full of educational sessions, productive meetings and lots of fun on the exhibit hall floor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Hollywood headliner Charlie Sheen, whose dozens of topline film and TV credits include hits “Two and Half Men,” “Anger Management,” Wall Street and Platoon, will appear at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4.
Within walking distance of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the First Bank of the U.S., the Museum of the American Revolution resides in the heart of historic Philadelphia.
It’s Easter weekend, which means it’s time for the Black History and Culture Showcase at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Four decades after signing the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, SMG is celebrating its 40th anniversary as one of the world’s leading private management companies with over 230 facilities including the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
2016 was a good year for convention business in the City of Brotherly Love. According to the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), it marked ithe highest convention booking year ever, with 713 events using 903,199 hotel room nights secured for future years
The city booked 713 events and more than 900,000 hotel room nights including two major conventions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, joining with the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators, booked its 2022 annual symposium and Congress at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Philadelphians will be transported to the Netherlands next month when the Philadelphia Flower Show sets up the North American debut of a massive Dutch sustainability project, and a brand-new species of tulip named for the City of Brotherly Love, March 11 to 19 at the Convention Center.
The Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention descended upon the Convention Center for three full days of ink and entertainment.
Whether you drive or not, the allure of the Philadelphia Auto Show is undeniable. The cars are always sleek and beautiful with design elements reminiscent of fine sculpture. Returning to the Pennsylvania Convention Center this weekend, the Philadelphia Auto Show has long been one of the biggest auto shows in the country, drawing crowds of 250,000
Tattoo artists from around the world will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center the weekend of Feb. 10. For the 19th year, the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention will draw crowds hoping to get inked.
British-born Ghanaian-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, renowned playwright Anna Deavere Smith and award-winning Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison will be among those taking center stage this week when 7,000 participants gather in Philadelphia for the 132nd Modern Language Association Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) announced Thursday that it has appointed tourism agency Atlantic Link to represent Philadelphia in the Danish city of Copenhagen in hopes of expanding international tourism to and from the Nordic region. Growth in the market could bring more attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Anchored by strong activity in both the leisure and meetings and conventions sectors that reinforced Philadelphia’s image as a destination, Center City is set to close out the year with record hotel occupancy once again.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center will host the Mummers Fancy Brigade Finale on Jan. 1. Often described as a cross between Broadway and Mardi Gras, the indoor finale is a high-energy showcase of masterfully choreographed routines by more than 2,500 costumed performers. A special family show starts at 11:30 a.m., with a second show at 5 p.m. MummersFest, a four-day, family festival (December 28-31), gives fans a chance to make crafts, try on authentic Mummers costumes and watch the clubs rehearse.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center’s extended wing overlooks a statue of state founder William Penn. Penn established the diverse city in 1682 to uphold ideals of liberty and free trade championed by John Locke. These principles are at the forefront of the Center's agenda as its management navigates the demands of unions and free market enterprises.
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women doesn’t just inspire attendees. It has also inspired the staff members of the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC), which has hosted the Conference for 11 years. Here are reflections about mentoring and supportive networks from several PCC women employees:
On Wednesday, November 2, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) hosted a live town hall for meeting professionals in Washington, DC, titled “It’s Time to Cast Your Vote for Philadelphia.”
Automobile dealers in Philadelphia had some warm thoughts on their minds as they distributed winter coats to students. Regional dealers donated a coat for every car sold in September. The collection of warm winter wear was handed out recently to several thousand children at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Pennsylvania Conference for Women's program helps shape future female leaders.
On Oct. 6, the highly anticipated Pennsylvania Conference for Women will gather some of the country’s biggest names to talk women’s empowerment at rhe Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Pennsylvania Convention center will host the 13th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women on Oct.6. Nearly 9,000 will attend this day of networking, inspiration, development and growth, featuring over 150 speakers.
The world's largest conference of female engineers will land in Philadelphia in October, and bring an estimated economic impact of at least $10.1 million with it. The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau expects 5,000 attendees at the Society of Women Engineers, or SWE, annual conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Oct. 26.
Philadelphia's hospitality industry had a gangbusters summer this year. A $500 million summer, that is, due in part to the Democratic National Convention and a hefty convention calendar. The DNC, eight citywide conventions and major sporting events have contributed to the Philadelphia's hospitality industry's blockbuster summer..
The city’s hospitality industry had about 72,800 jobs in June, an increase of nearly 5 percent over last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The preliminary figures represent the most jobs held in hospitality in a single month in more than a decade.
Philadelphia is expected to make history as it welcomes thousands of visitors for one of the nation’s most significant political conventions. An estimated 50,000 attendees are expected to turn out for the Democratic National Convention, which will be held Monday through Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Thanks to Pope Francis, the Philadelphia region has received its fair share of international attention in the past year. It will continue this month when the Democratic National Convention comes to town. Looming large in all of this is Drexel Hillnative John J. McNichol.
The Democratic National Convention this July is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to the Philadelphia region for the four-day event.
Wizard World Comic Con drew tens of thousands of fans, many of them in costume as a wide range of comic-book and anime characters. After waiting in lines, attendees arrived excited for photo-ops with celebrities, rows of comic-themed merchandise, costume contests, and more.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) has launched a "Green Team" to complement its existing core of sustainability programs.
Pop culture fans will be able to meet their heroes at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia that gets underway Thursday afternoon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Jason David Frank, who played Tommy, the Green Ranger, from the Power Rangers television show, is among dozens of celebrities in town. He will be at Comic Con all four days, posing for pictures with fans and signing autographs.
Pennsylvania Convention Center officials will name the facility's multipurpose theater after the former mayor of Philadelphia, whose second term ended in January. The center repurposed Room 114, a former lecture hall at the southeast corner of 13th and Race Streets, to make way for the Michael A. Nutter Theatre.
Since the Pennsylvania Convention Center opened, downtown hotel rooms have doubled in number, while hospitality, leisure, and entertainment employment growth outpaced the region and nation.
After two big events in Philadelphia last weekend, the NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional and the ASICS Northeast Qualifier Volleyball tournament, Center City hotels experienced record-breaking occupancy over Easter Weekend, topping out at 95 percent.
While pics near the Rocky statue after you run up the Art Museum's steps or of a cheesesteak in South Philly will generate the most interest on your social media feeds, if you want to quietly take in Philly’s cobblestone charm, stroll around the historic district.
Teenage girls from all over the country are in Philadelphia for a qualifying volleyball tournament. The sound of more than 470 teams playing volleyball on 68 court inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center was deafening. The girls compete March 18-20 and again March 25-27.
Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston among Wizard World Guests, June 4-5
This is the only 2016 appearance for Hiddleston as Marvel Universe standouts Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo also are scheduled to appear at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Democratic National Committee is coming to the City of Brotherly Love for its nominating convention (July 25-28), which is already shaping up to be more interesting than many pundits thought it would be. Special events will be at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Booking efforts by Philadelphia convention leaders last year set the city and the region up for an estimated $1 billion in economic impact in future years. About 75 percent of the business is related to events at the Pa. Convention Center.
More than 700 cars, trucks, SUVs and other vehicles are on exhibit at the 115th Philadelphia Auto Show in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The vehicles are expected to bring more than 250,000 people to the Center.
The Pennsylvania Convention Center will save up to $550,000 through 2018 under a new electricity supplier agreement with Constellation Inc. to power the 2-million-square foot facility and to use 25 percent renewable energy.
Julie Coker Graham has been appointed president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), the chief marketing agency of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, following the retirement of hospitality veteran Jack Ferguson.
Planners of the 2016 Democratic National Convention toured venues in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Convention Center, which includes the historic train shed of the former Reading Railroad terminal, will host various caucus meetings, speeches and other events during the convention week, which begins July 25.
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Philadelphia's convention business has landed a big return customer. The Biotechnology Industry Association has rebooked the Pennsylvania Convention Center for its 2019 convention, just six months after having its 2015 convention in town. The convention will bring a big economic impact to the city, 27,000 thousand hotel room nights and it will generate $47 million.
Sir Paul played a two-hour set at the Convention Center last night, as part of a customer appreciation dinner held by a trucking company.
The building is doing better since a labor agreement designed to make it easier for convention planners took effect, experts say.
Convention Center is transformed in a church for the World Meeting of Families Conference.
Forbes teams up with Tinder for ‘speed networking’ app, debuting in Philly for Under 30 Summit
Pa. Convention Center selects new Wi-Fi provider; why attendees should care
How ISTE evolved into the largest ed-tech conference
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Allen Inverson, Burt Reynolds, Lou Ferrigno and Penn Badgley and more!
The American Association for Cancer Research’s 106th Annual Meeting brought 35,000 attendees; sets records
Under the microscope: minds meet for annual cancer research conference
Changes in the union workforce at the Convention Center have dramatically lowered the cost of putting on an event there, an internal analysis shows.
Leave the Philadelphia Flower Show alone.
With the almost simultaneous addition of higher-end retail stores like The Gallery’s Century 21 and Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut Street, and the affordable international chain Uniqlo, it’s not hard to recognize Philly as a shopper's paradise.
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Working together, the Board of Directors, SMG and the trade unions at the Pennsylvania Convention Center achieved a remarkable turnaround in just seven months that resulted in the booking of new shows that will generate more than $350 million in economic impact for the Philadelphia region.d