Philadelphia Tourism

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Live Concert Venue Planned For Former Factory Building Near Sugarhouse Casino

Concert production company “Live Nation” says it will transform the abandoned Ajax Metal Company building into what executive Don Gastion calls its “best venue in the country.”

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/16/2015

(Independence Mall. File photo by Jim Melwert)

ONLY A DRILL: Philadelphia Police Hold Training Exercise Tonight In Old City

The police department says the exercise will start about 5pm in the area of 6th and Market Streets, and will run till about 9pm.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(Despite the showery weather, the Franklin Square carousel was ready to go.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Franklin Square Opens Its Visitor Amenities for 2015 Season

One of the busiest play parks in Philadelphia is back for its ninth season since a major renovation.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(Hotel Monaco, formerly the Lafayette Building, at 5th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.  File photo by CBS3)

Philadelphia Hotel Industry Elated With Papal and Democratic Convention Windfalls

“This is great news for us. We are on a roll,” says Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

(Todd Marcocci adds red drapery to barriers in advance of Philadelphia's Thanksgiving Day parade.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Snow May Impinge on Rehearsal Day For Philadelphia’s Thanksgiving Parade

Wednesday is scheduled to be a marathon day of run-throughs for the televised parade. But it comes with the threat of snow.

11/25/2014

The Schuylkill River and the Philadelphia skyline. (Credit: John Ostapkovich)

Top Travel Industry Official Weighs Merits of 2016 Dem Convention Hopeful Cities

Eric Hansen, a top official at the US Travel Association, won’t come right out and say which city he thinks might be the best fit.

11/25/2014

(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

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