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The Pennsylvania Convention Center  (File photo by Randall E. Scott)

Convention Center Expected To Play A Big Role During 2016 DNC

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in the Wells Fargo Center, but city officials expect the Pennsylvania Convention Center to get a lot of use.


Pope Francis, in file photo. (credit: Franco Origlia/ Getty Images)

Wedding Bells Silenced As Pope’s Philly Visit Fills Hotels

Tourism and hospitality officials said the impact of Francis’ appearance is unlike anything they’ve experienced in recent memory.


(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.


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

Philadelphia Convention Center Bookings On The Rise

A new labor agreement at Philadelphia’s Convention Center is less than four months old, but officials say it’s having an impact on bookings.


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Philadelphia Creates Online Course To Churn Out Resident Tourism Ambassadors

How would you like to be a Certified Hospitality Professional? It’s free, online, and doesn’t take long, says Jack Ferguson, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Convention And Visitors Bureau Reveals New Ways To Discover Philadelphia

The Convention and Visitors Bureau on Wednesday launched an effort to make Philadelphia more of a global destination.


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Philadelphia Convention And Visitors Bureau Unveils ‘Completely Philly’ Marketing Campaign

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled its marketing campaign for the city on Wednesday afternoon at its annual luncheon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


(Parkway Corp. president Rob Zuritsky shows Mayor Michael Nutter, back to camera, artist renderings of a new hotel planned for 12th and Arch Streets.   Credit:  Mike Dunn)

New Hotel Planned For 12th and Arch Sts. In Center City Philadelphia

In a glimmer of good economic news for Philadelphia, a local developer today announced plans for a new hotel to be built right across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.


Access Denied: Philadelphia Has No Handicapped-Accessible Taxis

A local cab company says it’s willing to provide handicapped-accessible taxis, but it’s waiting for permission from the Philadelphia Parking Authority.


(The newly expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center.  File photo)

Convention Center Expansion Paying Off For Philadelphia Economy

The recent expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center is paying big dividends for the Philadelphia economy.


(Tourists outside the Liberty Bell pavilion on Independence Mall.  File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Ranking As Destination For Foreign Visitors Slips

The latest federal ranking of foreign visits to America’s cities shows some slippage for Philadelphia, down from 11th place to 13th in 2010.


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Community And Business Leaders Gather To Focus On Philadelphia’s Future

Top city leaders, including planners and hospitality officials as well as small business people gathered this week to discuss the state of Philadelphia.
They were looking for “transformative ideas’ to impact jobs and the quality of life in the city.


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Philly’s Top Convention Marketer Meets With Temple U. Students

Tourism and hospitality nanagement students at Temple University got the inside scoop today on a quiet struggle for visitors in the City of Brotherly Love.


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Philly’s New Convention Bureau Head Sees Bigger, Brighter 2011

Jack Ferguson has now succeeded Tom Muldoon as head of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and he’s looking ahead to a big 2011.