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Pennsylvania Meetings + Events
Meeting and event applications seem to enter the market in floods, often via the app store of your choice. Many products are created to lessen tedious work. The exciting, high-paced meetings and events field has offered plenty of demand for exactly that. The tech market’s high level of competition offers benefits for planners. For one, companies work to make their products indispensable, while dedicating resources to customer happiness (because they aim higher than satisfaction).
Lancaster may be the capital city of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, but don’t let the surrounding farms fool you—it packs a serious city-chic punch. From a hotel right smack in the middle of everything to a restaurant with a treehouse to a gigantic complex for sports enthusiasts, Lancaster has something for everyone.
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“I learned that, even with the largest security detail in U.S. history, it is possible to make an event happen without a hitch,” Gerald Czaja says of last September’s World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia.
In the 90s, low rents and large industrial spaces in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties, once the city’s manufacturing district, began luring artists and entrepreneurs. This influx of fresh new ideas and business created an eclectic and progressive atmosphere that continues to foster creativity and expression today.
It is here, on the eastern edge of the district and bordering the Delaware River, that Beautiful Blooms designed a mid-day event for a large innovative software firm.
The Fillmore migrates east with a new location in Fishtown.
While almost every city has a Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), many planners aren’t using them to their advantage. PAM+E spoke with Marc Kaminetsky, director of convention and tourism sales at the Valley Forge CVB, to learn how meeting planners can work with a CVB to create their best event yet.
Proof positive that Gettysburg isn’t just about the Civil War? The Dobbin House! Enjoy fine dining in the historic Dobbin House, built for Reverend Alexander Dobbin as a private residence in 1776. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Dobbin House is a colonial restaurant teeming with charm. Private parties are accommodated in the Abigail Adams ballroom.
I was sitting in a large ballroom in Florida at a two-day business meeting sponsored by my employer, GE. As I sat there and listened to presentation after presentation, I thought to myself: Wow! Look at all of the smart, talented people in this room. It would really be great to meet them, learn what they know and make useful connections. But that never happened. We were fed information, along with a few meals, and then sent on our way.
Affable, with a beaming smile, Craig Davis is about as far from the stereotypical computer geek as you can get, yet the president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH spent his college days in front of a screen. Thankfully, a summer job with his college’s housing department turned him on to hospitality. “I was bitten by the bug,” he says, referring to the draw the hospitality business has on so many. “It’s such a positive industry and you’re usually present when people are having a good time.”