PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 24, 2005--The Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress presented Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) with its Industry Appreciation Award for the Airport's efforts in paving the way for multicultural tourism initiatives and in recognition of its partnership with the region's hospitality industry. Charles J. Isdell, the City's Director of Aviation, accepted the award at the organization's 10th Annual Recognition Luncheon on October 14th. Mr. Isdell is an active member of the Diversity Committee of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE).
"Congratulations to the Airport for its commitment to fostering multicultural initiatives," said Mayor John F. Street. "The Airport plays a major role in Philadelphia's hospitality industry, and its achievements in creating a welcoming environment for a diversity of visitors is something the City is proud of."
Over the years, the Airport has engaged in several initiatives to promote multicultural tourism. In 2004, the Airport co-sponsored the Airport Minority Advisory Council's annual conference in Philadelphia. The conference was attended by about 500 individuals from throughout the country.
The Airport has also provided facilities and resources to various organizations to facilitate the arrival of attendees to multicultural conferences and conventions, most notably the 2002 National Baptist Convention.
The Airport's popular Performing Arts and Exhibitions Programs, which have delighted millions of visitors over the years, have featured performing and visual artists who represent the region's rich cultural diversity.
The Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress, founded in 1987, is a division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"I applaud the Multicultural Affairs Congress for its great work. The Airport supports its mission to increase Philadelphia's share of the multicultural convention and tourism industry while ensuring the participation of Philadelphia's diverse communities in the hospitality industry," Isdell said.
The Philadelphia Airport System is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia and is composed of Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. The Airport System is a self-sustaining entity that operates without the use of local tax dollars. It is one of the largest economic engines in Pennsylvania, generating an estimated $14 billion in spending to the regional economy and employing a workforce of nearly 34,000.
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