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2023 PHLCVB and PCCA Annual Report

Date May 1, 2024

Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority Publish 2023 Annual Report Highlighting Major Milestones


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PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), in partnership with the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA), published their joint 2023 Annual Report, releasing key data points and major milestones reflecting the success of the tourism and hospitality industry in Philadelphia last year.

In 2023, Philadelphia hosted 264 total events booked by the PHLCVB, 20 of which were citywides, a convention or event that generates more than 2,000 hotel rooms on its peak night. In total, Philadelphia welcomed 550,136 attendees from these events, resulting in 563,400 hotel room nights and an economic impact of more than $380 million.

“We are thrilled to see all categories in our business continue to trend upwards, particularly as we look ahead to the next few years when many more major events are slated to be hosted in Philadelphia” said Gregg Caren, president and CEO of the PHLCVB. “Beyond the PHLCVB, last year’s hospitality industry successes were a collective effort of our industry partners to support the more than 73,500 hospitality-related jobs in Philadelphia County.”

The PHLCVB is also the official global tourism agency for the City of Philadelphia, with representation in 10 international markets. In 2023, Philadelphia saw a strong international tourism recovery with more than 1.1 million visitors contributing to an economic impact of $955.9 million. When looking at number of visitors to Philadelphia, the city’s top international markets included Canada (548.1K), United Kingdom (91K), India (60K), Germany (39.4K), and China (29.7K).

“Last year, the Pennsylvania Convention Center hosted 144 total events and welcomed more than 860,000 attendees, all coming through our doors to network with peers, learn from colleagues, or just enjoy themselves,” said John J. McNichol, president and CEO of the PCCA. “The significant investments made to the facility in 2023 reflect our continued commitment to the mission of fostering a service-oriented culture and investing in state-of-the-art technology to enhance the customer experience.”

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About the PHLCVB:

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) creates positive economic impact across the Philadelphia region, driving job growth and promoting the health and vibrancy of our hospitality industry by marketing the destination, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and attracting overnight visitors. The PHLCVB’s work engages our partners, the local Philadelphia community as well as culturally and ethnically diverse regional, national and international convention, sporting event and tourism customers. The PHLCVB is also the official tourism promotion agency for the city of Philadelphia globally and is responsible for growing the number of overseas leisure visitors who come to the region each year. To learn more, visit