What is furry, green and beloved by fans the world over? The Phillie Phanatic, of course! You don’t need to be a baseball fan to know and love this playful mascot. In fact, Forbes magazine rated the Phanatic as one of the most recognized mascots ever. From his “whammy,” a finger-shaking hex, to his “whomp,” a hula hoop-style shake, the Phanatic knows how to woo a crowd. It’s what makes Tom Burgoyne, the man behind the mask, love the job so much.
If all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, just imagine what it does to a meeting agenda. When an individual engages in an activity he or she enjoys, the result is a boosted immune system, a sense of optimism, a fresh perspective and a feeling of belonging, according to the National Institute for Play. The rewards are multiplied in a workplace culture that values play. Doing so fosters creativity, problem solving and adaptability, and it prepares employees to thrive in the face of complex challenges—it builds a strong, engaged team.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau released their brand-new office space on the corner of 16th and Market Street near Philadelphia’s City Hall.
The CVB worked with Nelson, a global interior design, architecture, engineering and consulting services firm, to create the approximately 12,000-square-foot space, which reflects a more open and flexible environment.
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has selected Richard Staub as the senior vice president, convention sales.
In his role, Staub will be in charge of leading the CVB’s convention sales and services team in hitting booking goals through the marketing of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. He will start in September.
Four years after it met in Philadelphia, Lightfair International will again convene at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2017.
Lightfair is the world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference; it first met in Philly in 2011. The event’s return signifies the effectiveness of the convention center’s new business model.
Center City Philadelphia is experience a stellar 2015 with its leisure tourism occupancy.
The first six months of the year, hotels have sold 416,000 room nights for leisure travelers—a 3.8 percent from the first half of 2014. And with the pope’s visit in September on the horizon, the area will hopefully result in a leisurely record year.
A stellar PAMPI event is just around the corner.
Taking place Aug. 19 at the Franklin Institute the “The Art of Connecting People” is free for PAMPI members and is sure to be an enlightening opportunity.
Jessica L. Levin, MBA, CMP, CAE, president and chief connector, Seven Degrees Communications, LLC., will discuss ways in which to get people excited with volunteering and membership organization and how to maintain that enthusiasm.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau revealed it will support Meeting Professionals International’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate course, working as the title sponsor of the program for one year.
Accredited by Saint Louis University, the program, provides participants with vital information on compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing healthcare meetings.
A packed summer convention calendar likely resulted in a huge boon for Center City hotels, which saw record hotel occupancy in June.
Overall occupancy peaked at 89.4 percent—the highest monthly occupancy on record. The average daily rate also broke a record, witnessing $212.95, the highest since October 2014. The Government Finance Officers Association, the Biotechnology Industrial Organization convention and the International Society for Technology in Education convention helped grow midweek occupancy.
It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Just ask Justin Panzer, CEO and founder of Eventuosity. Panzer, a marketing executive who was always on the road launching new products, went from trade show to customer tour to training session with color-coded spreadsheets and binders. “I thought to myself, there has to be a better way to organize all of this,” he says. From group texts to emails and documents, “I always felt I was losing track of something.”