Make Philadelphia the home for your next record-breaking meeting or convention - a city that's "here for the making." In the heart of Center City is the grand Pennsylvania Convention Center - an architectural beauty central to the city's most exciting attractions. The gold LEED-certified facility features more than one million square feet of saleable space, the ability to host two major tradeshows simultaneously, the largest ballroom in the Northeast, 82 meeting rooms, and a soaring Grand Hall in a historic train shed -- all managed by nationally respected facility management SMG. And now, new work rules and exhibitor rights make it even easier to meet in Philadelphia.
With more than 11,000 hotel rooms ranging from concept boutiques to World-renowned brands, Philadelphia was named Travel magazine’s “Top Hotel City” in 2014.
Planning and facilitating your event will be a breeze with the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s three congresses: PHLSports, PHLLife, and PHLDiversity, all here to help planners increase attendance and grow sponsorship opportunities.
The birth place of America, Philadelphia is a visionary city with an entrepreneurial spirit. Between our historic blocks and skyscrapers, a modern Renaissance is taking place. Our eclectic and impressive dining scene has garnered global attention from Iron Chefs, Top Chefs, and James Beard award-winners, while festivals like the Roots Picnic, Wawa Welcome America, and Jay-Z’s Made in America exemplify the talent and creative spirit bursting from our streets.
Our “city of neighborhoods” is also one of America’s most walkable with all Philadelphia has to offer right at your doorstep. Just across Broad Street is Museum Mile, where institutions like the Barnes Foundation house the world’s largest impressionist art collection outside of Paris. For those looking to sample Philadelphia’s local flavors, stroll into the Reading Terminal Market, a gastro-hub with dozens of local merchants, conveniently connected to the Center, or continue to the 9th Street Italian Market, the oldest and largest outdoor market in America.
Getting here couldn't be easier either. Our sophisticated transportation network links the Philadelphia International Airport, which services 30 airlines offering nearly 550 daily departures to 126 cities, including 39 international destinations, and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station directly to the Convention Center and downtown — all through accessible regional rail and subway lines. In fact, the airport is a mere 25 minutes from Center City. Philadelphia continues to write a vibrant story, and we want your meeting to be part of it.
Philadelphia Fast Facts
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1601 Market Street
Suite 201, Philadelphia , PA 19103
Type of Destination Experience:
College Town, Historic, Urban
GSF Exhibit Space (Pennsylvania Convention Center): 679,000
Meeting Space, Square Feet (Pennsylvania Convention Center): 239,356
Largest Ballroom, Square Feet (Pennsylvania Convention Center): 55,408
Sleeping Rooms in largest hotel (Philadelphia Marriott Downtown ): 1,408
Hotel adjacent to convention facility: Yes
Hotel rooms within one mile of convention center: 8,622
Philadelphia International Airport
Miles to downtown 5
Cities with non-stop flights122
International cities with direct flights34
Geographic Areas Served:
Why Meet in Philadelphia
We’ve expanded. The newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center features 1 million square feet of saleable space (528,000 of it contiguous), a second 55,408-square-foot ballroom and 82 meeting rooms, making the convention center the 14th largest facility of its kind in the U.S. Plus, our hotel package is growing too: we’ve got more than 9,800 hotel rooms (and more than 30 brands) within walking distance of the Convention Center. And, we’ll add another 1,500 by 2014.
We’re easy to get to and get around. Forty percent of the U.S. population is within a day’s drive, and both air and rail options are convenient. We’re also one of the country’s most walkable cities – so visitors (and planners) can save a bundle on transportation costs.
We’re here to help. No matter how small or large your event is, our award-winning staff is a great liaison to the region. From your first planning meeting until your last attendee waves goodbye, you can count on the staffs of the PHLCVB and PCC to give you the personal attention to make your job easier.