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Philadelphia Tourism

(The Cabinetmaker's Apprentices entertain visitors near the ticket counter of Historic Philadelphia.  Credit: Pat Loeb)

Summer Activities Offered For Schoolkids Throughout Philadelphia’s Historic District

As summer gets underway for the region’s schoolchildren, the tourism agency Historic Philadelphia wants to help parents fill the time off.

06/18/2013

(A Philadelphia horse carriage stopped along Independence Mall. File photo by Pat Loeb)

City To Allow Horse Carriages To Operate During Weekday Late Afternoons

The city will allow horse-drawn carriages to operate during the currently restricted hours of 3:30pm to 6pm, Mondays through Fridays.

05/28/2013

Wells Fargo Center (credit: Bruce Bennett/ Getty Images)

Philly Embracing Role As Title Town For Colleges

This weekend, the men’s and women’s NCAA lacrosse titles will be awarded here. The collegiate rugby championship is up next in June.

05/23/2013

(A horse-drawn carriage at 7th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Councilman Wants To Expand Afternoon Hours For Horse Carriages

City councilman Mark Squilla thinks horse-drawn carriages should be allowed to operate during the afternoon rush hour, when they are currently prohibited.

05/09/2013

(George Washington's marquee.  Photo provided)

Philadelphia’s Revolutionary War Museum Readies A Replica Artifact For Publicity

The project is a replica of a type of field tent called a marquee. The original (photo), in which George Washington spent a lot of his time as general of the Revolutionary Army, is in the museum’s collection.

04/01/2013

(Alan Segal, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Credit: Ed Fischer)

Positively Philadelphia: Alan Segal and His Jazz Sanctuary

Sometimes great things can come out of near tragedies.

02/17/2013

(The statue of Don Quixote, at 2nd and Girard.  Photo from Historical Society of Pa.)

Positively Philadelphia: Our City of Little-Known Monuments

You probably pass by works of art honoring famous people every day in this area, and many of them you know. But there are others…

02/10/2013

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

Philadelphia Needs More Hotels Near Convention Center, Marketers Say

“Convention planners prefer not to have their attendees spread out,” explains the executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association.

01/29/2013

(The Golden Crown New Year's Brigade has a "Mad Max" theme this year.  Credit: Steve Tawa)

Mummers Fancy Brigades Making Final Preparations For New Year Extravaganzas

With the Mummers Parade right around the corner, “fancy” brigades have begun setting up shop inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the indoor showcase on New Year’s Day.

12/27/2012

(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

(Mayor Nutter, at City Hall, lists some of the events being staged during the week leading up to New Year's Day.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Promoting Its Weeklong New Year’s Festivities

Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter says the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration seems to get better every year.

12/11/2012

(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

(GPTMC president Meryl Levitz announces tourism figures at a Barnes Foundation press conference.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Sets A Tourism Record

More people are visiting Philadelphia than ever, according to a new report by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

06/20/2012

(The carousel in Franklin Square, near 7th and Vine Streets in center city Philadelphia.  Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Franklin Square Attractions Open For 6th Season Since Park’s Makeover

“The carousel is running, there’s miniature golf to play, and of course Squareburger to eat,” says Amy Needle, president and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, the agency that runs the tourist venue.

03/29/2012

(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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