Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association
“This is great news for us. We are on a roll,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
Preliminary numbers for 2014 show the center city occupancy rate was at 76 percent.
The hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.
But members of Philadelphia City Council found no easy answers.
What will happen to the current Four Seasons location, at 18th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, when the hotel moves to its new location atop the Comcast Tech Center in 2017?
A group of students from Germany, in this country to learn about US history, has gotten an unexpected lesson about Philadelphia hospitality after their tour operator suddenly went bankrupt.
And it seems that long-running labor issues are the key concern.
“Convention planners prefer not to have their attendees spread out,” explains the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
“We all sat down at the table and have come to an agreement,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.
Hotel managers and owners in Philadelphia have done an about-face and now say they oppose a plan to raise the city’s hotel tax.
The proposal would raise the “hospitality promotion tax” in Philadelphia from 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent.
Once its power and phone service were restored, the Holiday Inn in Fort Washington, Pa. saw an increase in business.
The true economic impact of the Made In America concert won’t be known for a few weeks, but the concert is already proving profitable for hotels in the city.
It’s a little more than six weeks before Jay-Z’s “Made in America” two-day music festival arrives in Philadelphia. Huge crowds are expected, but hotels in Center City are not expecting to benefit much.
Hotel operators in Philadelphia say the pace of bookings is slowing, and they blame labor issues at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.