In 1941, a new organization joined the Philadelphia landscape when part of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce split off and became Philadelphia Convention & Tourist Bureau.
In the 75 years since, Philadelphia continued its growth into a world-class metropolis, much as the PCTB evolved into the world-class Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB).
So much has changed over the decades. During the 1940s, the organization that would become the PHLCVB brought about 170 meetings — and 100,000 attendees — per year to Philadelphia, generating almost $7 million per year (or about $85 million per year in 2015 dollars).
By 2015, for comparison, the PHLCVB brought 580 meetings and 2 million attendees to the city and generated $1.1 billion in economic impact.
But much also has remained the same: More than 100 PHLCVB members predate our organization. We’re proud to be associated with these long-term members as well as with all the strong businesses that have joined their ranks through the years.
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Above: Battleship New Jersey launches from the Philadelphia Ship Yard, the PSFS Building dominates the skyline and a view of the waterfront.
AT A GLANCE: Changes Since 1941