The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) presented key findings on the hospitality industry at its Annual Report Business Meeting. 18 citywide conventions, the most in a decade and an increase in overseas visitation combined to bring 1.3 million overnight visitors to Philadelphia. Both factors have contributed to a growth in hospitality-related jobs, hotel room nights booked and overall visitor spends – all markers of the industry’s success and impact on the local economy.“The PHLCVB has played a major role in the positive growth and development of our city. Through their work, Philadelphia is now viewed as a top destination for meetings, conventions, sporting events and visitors from across the globe,” said Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.As the official tourism promotion agency for Philadelphia globally and the primary sales and marketing organisation for the Pennsylvania Convention Centre, the PHLCVB coordinates efforts with local partners and seven international representation offices around the world to bring visitors to the city.“2018 set new records across most of our industry’s key performance metrics – more visitors came to our city, stayed in our hotels and spent money with local businesses,” said PHLCVB Chairman of the Board Nick DeBenedictis. “This economic activity drives results for our city and region by generating taxes and supporting the 74,300 hospitality-related jobs in Philadelphia, which has grown by 15% since 2013. Tourism and hospitality are one of the city’s largest and fastest growing employment sectors and the visitors we bring to the city create stability and opportunity for workers across a broad spectrum of jobs.”PHLCVB’s annual report also contained the most recent data (2017) for overseas visitation to Philadelphia. The Global Tourism Department travels to domestic and international trade shows to promote and position the city as a leisure travel destination. In 2018, the team participated in 48 trade shows in 14 countries, led 14 sales missions in 12 countries and hosted 334 travel buyers from 21 countries. Additionally, the Philadelphia-based team hosted 96 international media from over 19 countries and placed over 1,600 stories about Philadelphia as a leisure travel destination in the overseas travel trade and consumer media.