The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has three business development divisions that work directly with our Sales team to secure new bookings for Philadelphia. Each division works seamlessly with the PHLCVB Sales and Services team and our meeting planner customers to provide access to local industry experts, speakers, venues and regional attractions.
PHL Sports brings major sporting events and conventions to Philadelphia with a partnership model driven by an influential advisory board of sports executives and leaders, including Philadelphia Eagles President and PHL Sports Advisory Board Chair, Don Smolenski. Home to nine professional sports teams, over one hundred universities, and some of the country’s premier sports and event venues and facilities, Philadelphia is a destination of choice for top sporting events including the NFL Draft, X Games, NCAA Championships, All-Star Games, Olympic Trials and the Army-Navy Game. Philadelphia is the nation’s 4th largest media market and is easily accessible for generating attendance.
Major League Baseball announced that Philadelphia will host the 2026 All-Star Game and the PGA has chosen Philadelphia to host the 2026 PGA Championship at Aronimink Golf Club and the 2026 U.S. Amateur Championship at Merion Golf Club. PHL Sports is working hard to secure other high profile events such as the World Cup in 2026. Join the effort and get more information by visiting the Philadelphia2026 website.
Philadelphia is an ideal destination for medical and science professionals to meet. The tri-state region (Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) consistently ranks in the nation’s top 10 biopharma regions, based on NIH funding, venture capital funding, patents, lab space and jobs – and provides a wealth of resources that can be brought into your meeting. PHL Life Sciences and its advisory board of prominent scientists and members of the scientific community, works to provide access and connections to this substantial health care and higher education community of academics, medical and nursing leaders, healthcare experts, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and venture capital contacts for potential partners, sponsors and speakers and panelists to enhance programming.
PHL Diversity leads the charge in diversity, inclusion and equity efforts by convening Philadelphia’s diverse community to promote Philadelphia as an inclusive destination for meetings, events, conventions and visitors. The division, one of the first in the country at a CVB, works with Philadelphia partners to attract diverse conventions to Philadelphia and connects meetings and convention planners with the region’s diverse community to enrich programming. PHL Diversity also encourages social responsibility in the hospitality industry and hosts key programs like the Business Opportunity Luncheon, Hospitality Education Day, the Philadelphia Diversity and Inclusion Conference, and the PHL Diversity Podcast. With a thriving multicultural business community, Philadelphia has rich African American history, vibrant Asian and Hispanic communities and one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ communities.
Get more information on how PHL Sports, PHL Diversity and PHL Life Sciences can assist your meeting, convention or event in Philadelphia.
Learn more about the impact of the PHLCVB’s Business Development Divisions in our 2018 Annual Report.