• Meet Angela Val

     
    POSTED December 13, 2016
     

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Angela Val was recently hired as the chief administrative officer at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as chief administrative officer at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau? 

I am looking forward to being a member of one of the best CVBs in the country and contributing to its growth and momentum.

2. How do you think your past industry experience has prepared you for this role?

My experience is extensive and varied. Prior to this role, I served as the deputy executive director of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, and before that I was at Visit Philadelphia. In all of my previous positions I have been part of starting and growing internal and external projects, including large citywide events like the DNC and managing and executing strategic programs.

3. What goals do you have in mind for the PHLCVB for this year and further down the line? 

In this position I will be supporting the PHLCVB’s overall goals of attracting meetings, conventions and overseas international tourism to Philadelphia. Three core areas of focus for me will include:

  • Implementing the PHLCVB’s strategic plan
  • Creating and executing a comprehensive external affairs plan
  • Developing business guidelines in support of the organization's mission and goals

4. How did you get into the industry?

I met an event/party planner while visiting colleges and thought she had the most amazing job. I also really liked the show, Hotel, and thought it would be fun to work in a hotel and meet people from all over the world. I later attended Drexel University and majored in hospitality.

5. What do you enjoy most about the industry?

I enjoy seeing what happens when people travel. No matter if you travel for business or pleasure it brings people together, it makes your world bigger and it enables us all to follow our desire explore. 

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