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VisitPITTSBURGH Wants Your Ideas

VisitPITTSBURGH has developed a fun promotional campaign to get locals more involved with its “Pittsburgh. Mighty. Beautiful.” theme and tagline. The organization kicked-off the “Mighty. Beautiful.” campaign and contest at its Annual Meeting luncheon by asking attendees to think of a third word to describe the city, e.g. Mighty. Beautiful. Welcoming. Among the words being used to describe Pittsburgh were: Inspiring. Proud. Reinvented. Welcoming. Legendary. Innovative.

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Announces Highest Convention Booking Year Ever

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau announced that 2016 was its highest convention booking year ever with 713 events and 903,199 hotel room nights secured for future years. This is an 18.2 percent increase in the number of events and a 5.8 percent increase in room nights secured during 2015.

TOP of the TOWER is now Sky Philadelphia

Top of the Tower has officially changed their name to Sky Philadelphia. While the name’s new, their great food, friendly staff and fabulous views remain the same. They have been a private events venue for 23 years!

In March 2015, they opened Sky Brunch to the public and in June 2016, they opened Sky Garten—the only high-up open-air observation deck in the city—operated in partnership with the famed German restaurant, Brauhaus Schmitz.

Woodloch Pines Named One of TripAdvisor’s Best for Families in America

For the sixth year in a row, Woodloch Pines in Hawley, Pa., has been named one of the best hotels for families by TripAdvisor. It ranks 17th in the United States, according to their annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Their sister property, The Lodge at Woodloch, was listed the 22nd best hotel in America.

Hotel Hershey Appoints New General Manager

After 14 years of service as Hotel Hershey’s general manager, Brian O’Day has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2017. Taking his place will be current assistant general manager, Bill Hendrix.

As general manager Hendrix will oversee the entire operation of The Hotel Hershey and Hershey Laundry and Cleaning. The hotel, built by chocolate tycoon Milton S. Hershey, features 276 guest rooms and a surplus of amenities such as a spa, three restaurants and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space.

Study Hotels Opens in University City

Study Hotels has opened its second location in the heart of University City. The hotel is located at the crossroads of Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.

The 10-story hotel, owned and developed by New York-based developer Hospitality 3, features 212 guest rooms. It also includes features such an innovative Study living room, fitness center and an active art gallery that showcases local artists and student work on a rotating basis.

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Hires New Executive Director of Tourism

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the appointment of Svetlana Yazovskikh to the position of executive director of tourism. Yazovskikh has been with PHLCVB for nine years; her most recent position was the senior international tourism manager.

“I am extremely pleased that Svetlana has accepted our offer to lead the PHLCVB’s tourism team,” says Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO, PHLCVB. “Her commitment to Philadelphia and our customers is unmatched.”

Meet Jackie Antonucci

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Jackie Antonucci was recently hired as sales manager for Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau in Zelienople, Pa.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as sales manager at Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau? Meeting all our members and contributing to its growth in this area.

Philadelphia Conventions & Visitors Bureau Opens Office in Copenhagen

In an effort to expand globally, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Atlantic Link as its in-country representation firm based in Copenhagen. Atlantic Link will work with tour operators to develop itineraries that incorporate Philadelphia and the landmarks the city offers.

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