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Experts Optimistic About Security, And Economic Impact Of 2016 Democratic National Convention In Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau predicts the 2016 Democratic National Convention will generate between $170 and $250 million dollars for the city.

02/12/2015

(Philadelphia health commissioner Dr. James Buehler testifies against widening smoking ban exemptions.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban Exemptions

Sources tell KYW Newsradio that City Council and the mayor want to change Philadelphia’s smoking law so that no additional exemptions to the ban could be granted in the future.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/11/2015

(Pope Francis, in file photo by 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.

01/18/2015

(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

Top Philadelphia Democrats will be pulling out the stops as they try to convince national party officials to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention right here. (credit: Mike Dunn/KYW)

Philadelphia Gets Two Days With Democratic National Committee To Seal The Deal On 2016 Convention

Columbus, Birmingham and Phoenix join Philadelphia and New York as finalists to host the convention.

08/12/2014

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Philadelphia Forms Task Force To Find Ways To Boost Tourism

The city has booked over 325,000 hotel rooms booked this year from conventions. In 2016, that drops to about 240,000. Officials blame increased competition from other cities, less convention demand, and high union labor costs for the dip.

03/19/2014

(Credit: PHLCVB)

French Bloggers Explore Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau regularly hosts trips to Philadelphia by overseas bloggers, hoping for good press back in their home countries.

11/12/2013

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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.

07/09/2013

(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

(A room at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in center city Philadelphia.  Photo provided)

Proposed Hike In Philadelphia Hotel Tax Would Go To Promoting Tourism

The proposal would raise the “hospitality promotion tax” in Philadelphia from 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent.

11/29/2012

A ticket and a smile? The PPA wants to change their reputation. (file photo)

PPA Officers To Be Trained On Being Friendly, Helpful

The Parking Authority apparently wants a kinder, gentler image, and so officials are going to be training their hundreds of enforcement officers on how to be more friendly and helpful.

07/25/2012

(credit: Cherri Gregg)

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.

11/23/2011

(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.

09/26/2011

(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.

07/05/2011

(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.

06/20/2011

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