Make it PHL: Testimonials

National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

"It has been an amazing convention and a really enjoyable experience for us in Philadelphia and at the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center. The expanded center is so easy to maneuver and we love the large meeting rooms. Overall the building is just magnificent and beautiful."
Arlene Kidwell, NASPA

Meeting by the Numbers

Attendance: 5,300
Total Square Footage: 260,000
Exhibit Space (sq. ft.): 150,000
Meeting Rooms: 12
Number of Hotel Rooms: 9,318

Arlene Kidwell, NASPA

Senior Director of Meetings

Event Overview

Conference focused on providing education apportunities to address community challenges and rectify social injustices. Keynote speakers included former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna E. Shalata and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Featured three days of pre-conference workshops, a NASPA Foundation Silent Auction and a special gathering at the National Constitution Center.

Notable Achievements

  • First time large-scale conference held simultaneously as the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
  • Third highest attended convention in NASPA history.


"The efforts of the PHLCVB in connecting us to the extensive life sciences community in Philadelphia were instrumental to the success of PITTCON 2013, with a more than 20% increase in total conferees over PITTCON 2012. Our conference attendance was the best since 2007."
Ronald G. Bragiel, PITTCON

Meeting by the Numbers

Attendance: 18,000
Total Square Footage: 1,000,000
Exhibit Space (sq. ft.): 528,000
Meeting Rooms: 83
Number of Hotel Rooms: 25,128

Ronald G. Bragiel, PITTCON

2013 President

Event Overview

PITTCON is the world's largest annual premier conference and exposition on laboratory science. It attracts attendees from more than 90 countries, from various fields including life sciences, pharmaceutical, environmental science, food science, homeland security and bioterrorism, nantechnology, and biomass and alternative fuels.

Notable Achievements

  • PITTCON has its highest number of exhibiting companies since 2008
  • PITTCON saw an 18.4% increase in total conferees over the previous year.
  • This was the first time PITTCON was hosted in Philadelphia.

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