Bio conference plans return to convention center in Philly

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 Mayor Michael Nutter, center, takes part in the announcement Wednesday that the The Biotechnology Industry Association has rebooked the Pennsylvania Convention Center for its 2019 convention. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Mayor Michael Nutter, center, takes part in the announcement Wednesday that the The Biotechnology Industry Association has rebooked the Pennsylvania Convention Center for its 2019 convention. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s convention business has landed a big return customer. 

The Biotechnology Industry Association has rebooked the Pennsylvania Convention Center for its 2019 convention just six months after having its 2015 convention in town.  Jack Ferguson of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau said that’s a major win.

“In the past 12 years working with the Pennsylvania Convention Center. this is the first time that we’ve rebooked a major convention in six months,” he said.

The 2019 event will bring many visitors — and a big economic impact — to the city, Ferguson said.

“They will book 27,000 thousand rooms and generate $47 million,” he said

A new labor agreement and a new era of cooperation at the convention center are credited with bringing about the repeat business.

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