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Bucks County, PA... Perfectly Suited for Small Meetings Alexa Johnson, public relations director for Visit Bucks County, PA, applauds the charm of the area when it comes to hosting small meetings. “Bucks County is ideal for small meetings because it is a break from the usual corporate meeting destination. Businesspeople are looking for destinations they haven’t traveled to countless times for meetings. Bucks County, just 25 miles north of Philadelphia, is a fresh spot. With a cozy countryside and small town feel, it is less expensive than a large city, offers an array of post-meeting attractions - such as wineries, breweries and authentic cuisine - and boasts a ton of Revolutionary War history.”


senting Delaware County, PA, is a fountain of enthusiasm when extolling the wealth of opportunities for small meet- ing planners. “At any given time, there are two or three small meetings occurring in one of Delaware County’s amazing venues. Sometimes the size may extend to 500, but com- pared to 20,000, I think that classifies as small.”


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Fiore and his staff help planners offset expenses related to small meetings by providing assistance with graphics, pro- gram books and invitations. A package may include per- sonalized gift bags, coffee mugs, T-shirts, beach towels, visi- tor guides and information on attractions. Sponsorships may be available, too.


“One way we acquaint planners with Delaware County is through reverse trade show presence,” reveals Fiore. “Instead of exhibiting at expositions specifically designed for small meetings, Marty Milligan, our vice president of corporate development, goes to trade show booths and pitches the Destination Delco story. He provides exhibitors with infor- mation necessary to help them make logical decisions.”


One meaningful component of that pitch is as follows: “We’re less taxing, more relaxing.”


“This is true,” stresses Fiore. “There are 27 hotels in Delaware County. For every night you stay in Delaware County, you save $100 compared to Philadelphia. Add taxes, parking and other expenses… plus two-thirds of the airport is in our county. Speaking of location, people can be in and out of their meetings in a timely fashion. We’re near routes/ inter- states 95, 476, 252, 202 and 291, and our public transporta- tion system is excellent.”


Janice Telstar, CMP Assistant Director, Convention Services Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB)


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Among an abundance of small meeting possibilities in Delaware County is the newly renovated Villanova Conference Facility and Hotel, which opened this summer. It features 56 hotel rooms, 14 meeting rooms and a 5,000- square-foot ballroom. Other options include: Radnor Hotel, Springfield Country Club, Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino, and Talen Energy Stadium.


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