Black Meetings and Tourism

January / February 2018

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B M & T ••• January/February 2018 ••• 27 MEETING IN THE KEY- STONE STATE IS A PLANNER'S DELIGHT BY BUCK SAMUELS Pennsylvania, the Keystone state, has certainly been at the heart of America's evolution even before it was a nation. The history here is arguably the most signifi- cant in the country, concentrated in down- town Philadelphia's unrivaled Indepen- dence Historical National Park. But there's plenty more on hand once the his- tory lesson is over. From the nature of the Poconos to the urban revival of Pittsburgh, this state has a lot to offer its guests. Two of Pennsylvania's main cities, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, lie at oppo- site ends of the state but are equally fan- tastic places to explore. Philly has an insane amount of American history to absorb, while Pittsburgh has reinvented itself from its former steel industrial glory. In between are crucial military sites like the Gettysburg Battlefield and unique regions like Lancaster County with its large Amish community. Pennsylvania is unnaturally rich in culture, history, and eth- nic heritage. ••PHILADELPHIA•• Philadelphia is the clear choice for your next meeting. With a state-of-the-art Convention Center located in the heart of the city (boasting the largest ballroom on the East Coast at 32,000 sq. ft.), plus world-class shopping, nightlife, culture, dining and thousands of hotel rooms all within a few blocks, there is nothing miss- ing to make your next great meeting here. The second-largest city on the East Coast and fifth largest in the United States, Philadelphia is within 200 miles of 46 million people. It's the cradle of liberty, a city of medical firsts and the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the nation. It's home to James Beard Award- winning chefs, was named one of the most walkable cities in the nation and lies less than 2 hours from New York City and Washington, D.C. by Amtrak's Acela Express. When you hold a meeting, convention or trade show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, you are not just investing in a building or floor space, you are investing in an experience. Philadelphia's location in the center of the Northeast Corridor makes it easy and affordable for attendees to travel here. Additionally, there are over 9,105 hotel rooms within a 10-minute walk of the Center. Situated in the heart of the city — both geographically and culturally — the Convention Center boasts famed land- marks within short walks of the facility. With over 1 million sq. ft. of sellable space and 79 meeting rooms, the Pennsylvania Convention Center combines historic preservation and architectural innovation with state-of-the-art technology, making it one of the most adaptable, high-tech con- vention centers in the nation. And, its con- venient Center City location means meet- ing here couldn't be easier. Philadelphia is home to numerous world-class museums with some of the most famous works of art in the world. Visit the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art along Philadelphia's Museum Mile on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with its collection of more than a half-million paint- ings, sculptures, artifacts and a collection of French Impressionist works. The African American Museum in Philadelphia collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs interprets the history and stories of African Americans. Planners can and their attendees can explore the world's largest outdoor art gallery by taking a Mural Arts Tours, a rare glimpse into the collection of over 3,600 murals, with a variety of both public and private tours available, including trol- ley, walking, train and step-on. All tours include detailed information about the murals themselves, the artistic process and the history of the diverse communi- AREA GUIDES • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing 348 Loews Philadelphia Hotel 581 Courtyard by Marriott, Philadelphia Downtown 498 Hotel Monaco Philadelphia 270 Philadelphia Marriott Downtown 1,408 Embassy Suites Philadelphia Center City 288 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Pennsylvania Convention Center total exhibit space 679,000 sq. ft. meeting rooms 79 largest ballroom 32,000 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Philadelphia CVB – (215) 636-3300 African-American Chamber of Commerce (215) 751-9501 P E N N S Y LVA N I A African American Museum Photo Credit: Philadelphia CVB

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