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Philadelphia Tourism

(Mayor Nutter and former governor Rendell listen as DNC executive director Amy Dacey briefs reporters on the first day of the Democrats' visit to Philadelphia.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Democrats Tight-Lipped About 2016 Convention During Philadelphia Visit

“We are very focused on the financial, logistical, and security issues surrounding any convention,” says DNC executive director Amy Dacey.

08/13/2014

(A bus carrying DNC site selection officials is welcomed as it pulls up to the Radisson Hotel, at 17th and Locust Streets, in center city Philadelphia.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Democratic Convention Site Selection Team Arrives To Wild Welcome in Philadelphia

Mummers, the Philly Phanatic, and several hundred city boosters gathered outside the hotel to cheer as a bus carrying members of the DNC site selection committee pulled up.

08/13/2014

(The check presentation ceremony took place across the street from the future site of the Museum of the American Revolution, at 3rd and Chestnut Streets, while demolition proceeded in the background.  Photo by Hadas Kuznits)

American Revolution Museum, in Old City, Gets Big Check From Bank

As demolition for the forthcoming Museum of the American Revolution gets underway in earnest in Old City Philadelphia, the museum is announcing a sizeable monetary gift of support.

06/19/2014

(Image provided by Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia Pitches Tourists With Its New ‘Phillyosophy’

Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia, says the new ads feature photos promoting city locations or activities and contain a catchy line while retaining the “With Love, Philadelphia” slogan.

01/08/2014

(Mummers perform at the mayor's preview annoucement for the New Year's Day parade.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Mayor Nutter Says This Year’s Mummers’ Parade Will Be Pride of Philadelphia

“You can only get this in Philadelphia,” says mayor Michael Nutter, “but it’s also the oldest continuous folk festival in the world.”

12/20/2013

(The City Tavern, at 138 South Second Street, corner of Walnut.  File photo)

US Gov’t Tells Philly’s City Tavern: We’re Closed, So You’re Closed

The opportunity to try a meal that our forefathers might have enjoyed was snatched from the table by the current members of Congress, who have failed to end the federal budget deadlock.

10/02/2013

(The National Constitution Center, government-owned but independently funded, had a sign out to make sure tourists knew they weren't affected by the government shutdown.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Old City Tourists Find Plenty To Do Despite Government Shutdown

Tourists on the historical circuit were finding slim pickings today, with the major sites closed for the government funding crisis.

10/01/2013

(Ed Mauger leads a segment of last year's "Great 12-Hour Tour" outside the National Constitution Center.  Photo provided)

This Saturday, Philadelphia’s Top Tour Guides Show Their Stuff

The free tours are up to 12 hours long and cover 200 sites.

09/26/2013

A popular stop on the agenda of most Philadelphia visitors is a cheesesteak cart or stand. credit: Michelle Durham)

Philly Officials, Merchants Say Rainy June Dampened Summer Tourism

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation president Meryl Levitz says there were some key factors that made this summer no record setter.

09/17/2013

(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

(A new Philadelphia tourism spot aimed at the gay and lesbian market features a campy character called "Miss Richfield 1981."  Image provided by GPTMC)

New Philly Tourism Campaign Goes Over The Top For Gay Market

Bruce Yelk, with the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, says their newest marketing campaign marks the third time ever that an LGBT-specific campaign has been produced by a US destination.

08/22/2013

(Image from phlwelcomesu video presentation.)

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

(Mayor Michael Nutter, at lectern and on big screen, addresses crowd gathered for Independence Day ceremonies in front of Independence Hall.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Philadelphia Pulls All The Stops For July 4th Daytime Festivities

Security was tight but the mood was light in the place where our nation was born 237 years ago.

07/04/2013

(Families enjoying Franklin Square on July 3rd.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Philadelphia Named a Top City For Families Visiting With Kids

From among a hundred cities evaluated, Philadelphia came in at number 10.

07/03/2013

(Chris, no last name given, wears Colonial garb as he describes early electricity experiments to two young Constitution Center visitors.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Thousands Visit as National Constitution Center Marks 10th Anniversary

The National Constitution Center celebrated its tenth anniversary with free admissions and dozens of special exhibits about Colonial America.

07/02/2013

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