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(Hotel Monaco, formerly the Lafayette Building, at 5th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.  File photo by CBS3)

Philadelphia Hotel Industry Elated With Papal and Democratic Convention Windfalls

“This is great news for us. We are on a roll,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

(Phila. city councilman Ed Neilson, in file photo.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

City Council Looks At Restrictions On Local Hotels Aimed At Combating Human Trafficking

Human trafficking often involves forced prostitution – and now Philadelphia City Council is considering new regulations on local hotels aimed at preventing that.

02/06/2015

(Inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. File photo by John Ostapkovich.)

Philadelphia Hotel Rates and Occupancy Levels Surging Upward

Preliminary numbers for 2014 show the center city occupancy rate was at 76 percent.

01/02/2015

(A horse-drawn carriage at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Confirmation of Pope Francis’ Visit Sends Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Into Overdrive

The hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.

11/18/2014

(Ed Grose of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association testifies before City Council about taxicab access for handicapped people.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Phila. Taxi Regulators Urged To Widen Access For Handicapped

But members of Philadelphia City Council found no easy answers.

02/25/2014

(Tourists outside Independence Hall.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Hotels See a Welcome Uptick in Labor Day Weekend Business

Hotels in center city Philadelphia are expected to be sold out for the upcoming end-of-summer weekend.

08/28/2013

(The Pennsylvania Convention Center, with Philadelphia City Hall in the background.  File photo by Randall E. Scott)

Pennsylvania Convention Center Bookings Way Down For 2014-2016

And it seems that long-running labor issues are the key concern.

05/21/2013

(The Pennsylvania Convention Center, with Philadelphia City Hall in the background.  File photo by Randall E. Scott)

Philadelphia Needs More Hotels Near Convention Center, Marketers Say

“Convention planners prefer not to have their attendees spread out,” explains the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.

01/29/2013

(Tourists flock to Independence Mall in Philadelphia.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Hotel Operators Get Behind Proposed Hike in City’s Hotel Tax

“We all sat down at the table and have come to an agreement,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.

12/12/2012

(The Holiday Inn in Ft. Washington, Pa.   File photo provided)

Hurricane Sandy’s Effects Make Bust, Then Boom, For Area Hotels

Once its power and phone service were restored, the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington, Pa. saw an increase in business.

11/02/2012

(credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for W Hotel)

W Hotel Could Be In Philadelphia’s Future

Katie Martin with the Mayor’s Communication Office confirmed on Thursday that there is talk of a W Hotel coming to the city.

05/03/2012

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Brandywine Area Hotels Toot Own Horn

A group representing some suburban hotels is beginning an ad campaign to lure guests away from Center City.

02/07/2011