Experts Optimistic About Security, And Economic Impact Of 2016 Democratic National Convention In PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau predicts the 2016 Democratic National Convention will generate between $170 and $250 million dollars for the city.
Sources: Phila. City Council and Mayor May End Future Smoking Ban ExemptionsSources 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.
Wedding Bells Silenced As Pope's Philly Visit Fills HotelsTourism and hospitality officials said the impact of Francis' appearance is unlike anything they've experienced in recent memory.
Confirmation of Pope Francis' Visit Sends Philadelphia Hospitality Industry Into OverdriveThe hotels and historic sites have ten months to get ready. Most visitors will be encouraged to stay with host families.
Philadelphia Gets Two Days With Democratic National Committee To Seal The Deal On 2016 ConventionColumbus, Birmingham and Phoenix join Philadelphia and New York as finalists to host the convention.
Philadelphia Forms Task Force To Find Ways To Boost TourismThe 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.
French Bloggers Explore PhiladelphiaThe Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau regularly hosts trips to Philadelphia by overseas bloggers, hoping for good press back in their home countries.
Philadelphia Creates Online Course To Churn Out Resident Tourism AmbassadorsHow 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.
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.
Proposed Hike In Philadelphia Hotel Tax Would Go To Promoting TourismThe proposal would raise the "hospitality promotion tax" in Philadelphia from 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent.
PPA Officers To Be Trained On Being Friendly, HelpfulThe 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.
Philadelphia Convention And Visitors Bureau Unveils 'Completely Philly' Marketing CampaignThe Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled its marketing campaign for the city on Wednesday afternoon at its annual luncheon at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.