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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.”

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.

2017 Furniture Trends to Enhance the Design and Theme of Events

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AFR Event Furnishings is the second largest furniture rental company in America, with five divisions including Residential, Commercial, Special Events, Trade Show and Clearance Centers with 22 distribution centers across the United States, but this was not always the case.

Founded in 1975 in Philadelphia, American Furniture Rentals is now 90 times its original size. The 22 distribution centers around the country together create more than 1 million square feet of every color and style of furniture.

Meet Kathryn Lezynski

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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.

Kathryn Lezynski was recently hired as a program and event coordinator for Roberts Event Group in Jenkintown, Pa.

1. What are you most looking forward to in your new role as program and event coordinator for Roberts Event Group?

Get to Know: Bucks County

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Population: 625,000-plus

Location: Being near multiple cities is a luxury not every city has, but if you visit Bucks County, the options are endless. Located only 25 miles from Philadelphia, Bucks County is also 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore. The Delaware River runs along the eastern and some southern parts of the county.

PHL Life Sciences Honors Ultimate Solution Award Recipients

PHL Life Sciences, a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, presented their Ultimate Solution Award to the American Association for Cancer Researchand its CEO Margaret Foti, Ph.D., MD (hc). Presented annually, the Ultimate Solution Award is given to individuals and organizations that have raised Philadelphia’s profile as a meeting destination for the life sciences. The program was held on Sept. 14 at the National Constitution Center.

Register Now for Best of PA!

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Here’s a picture of the fun Shutterbooth takeaway from our Best of NJ event. That’s me with Maureen Hennessey, our associate publisher.

Our first annual Best of PA Readers’ Choice awards event is rapidly approaching!

This fun and inspiring industry event is our first chance to celebrate the winners in almost every category in the meetings and events industry. Best hotel? Best meeting planning company? Best caterer? Yup, we have those winners and so many more. It’s a great way to network and enjoy a fantastic view…did I mention it’s at Top of the Tower?

Visit Philadelphia Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Visit Philadelphia, which began as a three-year experiment to increase tourism to the area, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. During the two decades of its existence, the CVB has  succeeded in drawing large numbers of people to the area, with 41 million people visiting in 2015—a 54 percent increase from 1997.

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