Philadelphia’s tourism businesses are gearing up and ready with open arms to support you for your next meeting or event.
While Philadelphia is the 6th largest city in the country, Center City with its 224 of hotels and the Philadelphia Convention Center, is walkable and easy to navigate. Its founder William Penn laid out Philadelphia with City Hall, centrally situated, 15 blocks from both the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.
Getting to Philadelphia
Simplicity in getting your attendees to Philadelphia is what makes it the ideal location for meetings of every size. Attendees can easily travel to Philadelphia by car along Interstate 95 from New York or Washington DC, by air through the Philadelphia International Airport, which is a short 15-20 minute cab ride and regional rail trip to Center City or by Amtrak which stops at 30th Street Station, minutes from the heart of the downtown.
Special Events Uniquely Philly
Uniquely Philadelphia special event and welcome reception locations are sprinkled across the city to match the size of your event. National Constitution Center, The Mutter Museum, the Mummer’s Museum, and the Philadelphia Art Museum with the iconic Rocky Steps are just four venues that one can only find in Philadelphia.
The restaurant, craft brewer and distillery options for dine-arounds, cocktail receptions or small group meals are numerous. Vernick Fish, Parc and Davio’s are three examples of restaurants which have the space to accommodate both small and larger groups. Blue Coat Gin Distillery, Urban Village Brewing Co. and Yards Brewing Company are three nationally renowned establishments based in Philadelphia which can offer tours and private cocktail tastings throughout the week.
Hybrid and Safety First in Person Meetings
Philadelphia is ready to support both Face-to-Face and Hybrid Meetings. Every hotel, special event venue and the Philadelphia Convention Center have implemented safety and health procedures, social distancing protocols and hybrid support for meetings of all sizes.
The Philadelphia Convention Center, a Global Biorisk Advisory Council Accredited Facility, has added numerous technology such wireless connections for A/V equipment and increased bandwidth to support Hybrid meeting requirements. Upgrades to the building have been plasma air purifier technology for large halls and UV fixtures for smaller rooms as well as the KONE UV Light Sanitization systems for killing viruses on escalator handrails.
Philadelphia’s hotels have stepped up for smaller in-person and hybrid event which have instituted enhanced health and safety protocols for attendees socially distanced floor plans, complete with dedicated entry and exit points, and mask requirements. Many hotels have added the capabilities to provide meeting planners with video conferencing equipment to create a robust experience for attendees connect online.
The Hilton at Penn’s Landing owned by the Pyramid Hotel Group has partnered Encore to audio/visual services to help with hybrid meetings. The hotel is also setting up “Bubble Meetings” which allow attendees to access sleeping rooms and meeting rooms isolated from other groups that are in house to add an additional health and safety level to Hilton’s stringent EventReady cleaning.
The Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia has seven meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology controlled by a smartphone as well as food service, with built-in induction counters and refrigerators available in each room.
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel also offers virtual and hybrid meeting solutions thought its Virtual Meetings Your Way and The Virtual Presentation Stage, which include an advanced studio space for meeting planners to move events into a completely virtual or hybrid format while still taking advantage of in-hotel accommodations.
If you have not been to Philadelphia for a meeting in the past, then do what major pharmaceutical, financial and medical companies have already done – reach out to Visit Philadelphia to learn about resources that can make you feel the “Brotherly love and Sisterly affection” that the City of Philadelphia is famous for.
Skyline Photo Credit: Photo by Elevated Angles for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Great read, Josh!