• Philadelphia Books World's Largest Association

     
    POSTED December 3, 2015
     

Philadelphia is solidfying itself as a major player to host events, booking the world’s largest trade association in 2019.

Industry Organization (BIO), which represents biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations around the world. The convention is the largest, biotech meeting in the world; the event also took place in Philly this past June.

June’s convention drew nearly 16,000 industry leaders from 69 countries, 47 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. It also hosted 29,279 partnering meetings—a new record.

 “BIO 2015 was a resounding success, making Philadelphia a natural choice for hosting future conventions. From the region’s incredibly engaged and thriving life sciences community, to the attendee and exhibitor experience at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and the exceptional support of city and state leaders, Philadelphia was the perfect backdrop for this year’s convention,” says Jim Greenwood, president and CEO of BIO. “We are looking forward to returning to the city of Philadelphia in 2019.”

Its return to Philadelphia in 2019 is expected to fill more than 27,000 hotel room nights and generate more than $41 million in economic impact for the Philadelphia region.

“Prior to 2015, BIO was last held in Philadelphia in 2005,” says Jack Ferguson, president and CEO of PHLCVB. “After a 10-year hiatus, their decision to rebook Philadelphia for two years within mere months of hosting one of their most successful conventions here speaks volumes about their experience and solidifies Philadelphia’s standing as a major player within the global convention industry.”

Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have consistently ranked among the top 10 life sciences clusters and collectively generate 15 percent of the region's economic activity, contributing to Philadelphia’s appeal as a host city for the convention.

 “This year, we were proud to host the most significant biotechnology meeting in the world which brought leaders in industry, government and academia to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to consider biotechnology’s potential,” says John McNichol, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  “This meeting was expertly managed by our facility operator SMG and BIO left a tremendous impact on our regional economy. We look forward to reaching new heights when BIO returns to the Convention Center in 2019.”

SCS Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development, has launched its Zero Waste Standard, “Zero Waste for Events.”

 

The Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre completed its $24 million renovation of the entire hotel and conference center. Renovations began in 2020. 

The North Dallas conference center hotel renovation includes a full redesign of all 503 guest rooms, lobby and public areas, and food and beverage outlets. Additionally, the hotel’s 55,000-square-feet of meeting space was updated with new furnishings, technology upgrades, and the addition of a new 6,600-square-foot Lakeside Ballroom. 

 

Anchorage is a city like none other—making it a popular choice for hosting meetings and events.

Through the tall windows of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, meeting attendees can gaze out toward Cook Inlet, which stretches all the way to the Gulf of Alaska and toward mountains—some snow-capped—representing several ranges. They may even see an eagle fly by or see one of the 1,500 moose that are said to roam Alaska’s largest city. It’s easy to see why it’s said that Anchorage is a city like none other in the United States.