Papal Visit, World Meeting Show PHLCVB is Ready for Anything

WMOF In September 2015, Philadelphia welcomed the eighth World Meeting of Families, which culminated with Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States. The events prompted hundreds of thousands of pilgrims, convention-goers, media, security personnel and others to join us for one of the largest events the city has ever seen.

The week was an unmitigated success on the global stage for the city, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the World Meeting of Families’ organizers who worked in unison with dozens of other local, state, federal, international and private agencies and organizations.

The Convention Center, in particular, garnered extensive praise.

“We didn’t hear ‘no’ in that building as we were going through this process on any level, whether that was from labor or from management or anywhere within the structure,” said Greg Talley, president and CEO of Talley Management Group, which served as lead logistics partner for the World Meeting of Families. “What we heard was ‘what’re you trying to accomplish? Let us give you some other ideas of how that might be possible’ if my idea wasn’t necessarily the best way.”

Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the PHLCVB demonstrated just how flexible and capable they all were in preparing for and carrying out this historic event. We look forward to an even more successful 2016 Democratic National Convention — and to helping you with your event, meeting or convention, no matter what the size.


  • The 8th Meeting of the WMOF drew more than 21,000 registered attendees — 17,000 pre-registered and thousands more same-day registration attendees — shattering Milan’s record of 7,000 four years ago and generating $29 million in economic impact for the city
  • As a result of our role in the event, PHLCVB leadership was interviewed by more than 25 media outlets before, during and after WMOF
  • The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed for the World Meeting of Families, with two exhibit halls of 213,000 square feet converted into a 12,000-seat church complete with stained glass, a replica of Michelangelo’s famed Pietà on display, a soaring stained-glass entrance on Broad Street and a media center capable of handling 4,000 members of the press. The Center demonstrated flexibility, sophisticated technology and, above all, a talented staff who could handle the complicated requirements of the customer
  • The World Meeting of Families Congress at the Convention Center was included in more than 550 national stories
  • International media coverage was tracked in Denmark, China, Italy and France, just to name a few countries
  • The PHLCVB and VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s PR teams hosted more than 30 media on three tours of Philadelphia during the World Meeting of Families


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