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Feb 18 2016

Philly Tastes Like Fried Chicken (Sandwiches)

Philadelphia Eateries Turn Out Both Creative &Traditional Takes On The Fast-Food Staple

Historically, Philadelphia has been associated with long roll lunches—cheesesteaks and hoagies and roast pork—but these days, there’s another sandwich crowing for attention: fried chicken. And Philly-area kitchens are turning out this sandwich in all forms: with hot sauce and blue cheese, melted cheese and aioli, slaw and pickles and loads of other variations. Here are a few of the zestiest versions currently ruling the roost:

Chicken City In Philly:

  • Some of the most creative sandwiches around emerge from the strip-mall eatery The Blue Duck in Northeast Philadelphia. The delectable fried chicken includes ranch red cabbage slaw, spicy pickles and
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Feb 17 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Wins Major Industry Award For Social Media

Entry Excelled Among 1,300 Submissions To Win An HSMAI Gold Adrian Award

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® won an esteemed Gold Adrian Award from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) for Digital Marketing Excellence. The awards were announced at a gala in New York City last night, February 16.

VISIT PHILADELPHIA earned the win for its “Surprise and Delight” program. Through the #visitphilly hashtag, geotags and keywords, the destination marketing organization finds people who are documenting their Philly trip, getting ready to visit or missing the city, and then surprises—and delights—them with a Philly treat to inspire them to do more during their stays or to invite them to come back. The package

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Feb 12 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Welcomes Media Relations Manager, Arturo Varela

Varela To Focus On LGBT Market

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® has welcomed Arturo Varela as its new media relations manager, focusing on the general and LGBT markets. In this role, Varela will work to secure editorial coverage for Philadelphia in local, regional and national media outlets, plan media events, and track coverage, while also shaping and executing the company’s integrated LGBT campaign. In addition, Varela will represent VISIT PHILADELPHIA at key LGBT industry events and conferences.

This seasoned journalist comes to VISIT PHILADELPHIA from Al Día News, where he spent six years producing dual-language content on a broad range of topics from arts and culture to politics. In

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Feb 9 2016

Philadelphia Ranks #1 On Lonely Planet's List Of Best Places To Visit In The U.S. In 2016

Philly Is The Country’s First & Only World Heritage City & Host Of Democratic National Convention

Lonely Planet today released its list of the 10 best places to visit in the United States in 2016, and Philadelphia, the country’s first and only World Heritage City, ranked #1 on the list, ahead of Alaska; San Antonio, Texas; and Yellowstone National Park.

“Philadelphia is thriving, and we’re proud it took the top spot on such an impressive list of places,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “We love that the article encourages visitors to go beyond the clichés and explore the city’s deep history, raved-about food and evolving neighborhoods. That’s exactly what we’re asking

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Feb 2 2016

New On Philly's Hotel Restaurant Scene

Openings Include Urban Farmer, Richard Sandoval’s Aquimero, Ruth’s Chris & Bud & Marilyn’s

In the decades since acclaimed classical French Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix opened his eponymous restaurant in a four-star hotel across the street from Center City’s Swann Fountain, the Philadelphia hotel dining scene has emerged a foodie force. Today, Lacroix, now flourishing in The Rittenhouse hotel, remains a destination dining spot. But so do newcomers to the scene: locally focused Urban Farmer Steakhouse at The Logan and culinary-kitschy Bud & Marilyn’s at boutique operation The Independent Hotel, along with springtime productions by eminent steakhouse Ruth’s Chris, destined for the Sonesta Philadelphia, and acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

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Feb 1 2016

25 Philadelphia Dates For Under $25

Cash-Conscious Couples Score Big On Romance In Philly

Love doesn’t always wait for payday to roll around, and that’s okay because Philadelphia has lots of ways to woo a loved one on Valentine’s Day—or any day, really—without dipping deeply into the bank account. Couples can settle in for a free afternoon hang at Winterfest, ignite a spark while enjoying a glowing sunset and happy hour-priced drinks at R2L, catch up-and-coming stars during a concert at the Curtis Institute of Music or pay a few bucks for a game of ten-pins at North Bowl. Here are 25 fun finds for daters that ring up at $25 or less:

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Jan 28 2016

Cozy Up To Philly's New Restaurants This Winter

The Region’s Dining Scene Stirs Up The Season With Inventive Takeout, New Ways To Enjoy Meat & A Philly Bagel

There’s nothing like a new restaurant to chase away the winter doldrums, and Philadelphia boasts a wonderfully fresh lineup of eateries to explore this season. From the new Italian bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot from celebrated chef Townsend Wentz (A Mano) to a newfangled diner on Jewelers’ Row (Craftsman Row Saloon) to a hipster hoagie joint (Martha), there is no shortage of must-adds for the dining to-do list. Here are just a few of the exciting additions sure to lure diners out of the cold:

Northern Liberties, Fishtown & Kensington:

  • Kensington’s Martha brims with new ideas. The expansive bar features a
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Jan 26 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts New TV Commercial

Spot Showcases Philly’s Well-Known & Lesser-Known Tourist Draws

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® debuted a new television commercial today—a fun, over-the-top spot that honors the city’s beloved icons while showing off the many other enjoyments that make Philadelphia such a popular place to visit and stay overnight. Created in partnership with Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners, the commercial is part of the destination marketing organization’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign and the first VISIT PHILADELPHIA spot to air on television since 2011. It is viewable at visitphilly.com/philazillas.

“Cheesesteaks and history are legendary in Philadelphia, and deservedly so,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “But we want

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Jan 26 2016

Fact Sheet: Philazillas Commercial

Name of Spot: Philazillas

Tagline: There’s more to a legendary city than its legends.

Spot Overview: Part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, the fun, over-the-top commercial honors the city’s beloved icons (cheesesteaks and Benjamin Franklin) while showing off the many other enjoyments (waterfronts, parks, restaurants, bars, culture, walkability, etc.) that make the city such a popular place to visit and stay overnight.

In “Philazillas,” a larger-than-life Ben Franklin and a just-as-big cheesesteak vie for the spotlight during an outrageous tiff that leaves a visitor asking, “What’s with them?,” and her taxi driver responding,

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Jan 13 2016

Visit Philadelphia's Social Media Properties

Fans Stay Connected To Philly On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & More

VISIT PHILADELPHIA makes it easy to find fun things to do in the Philadelphia region thanks to a host of popular social media tools. Whether people like to connect on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn—or on the region’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com—they can easily stay in touch with Philadelphia.

  1. Facebook: Philly’s Facebook fans see Philadelphia in their news feed every day. Visit Philly encourages fans like, comment and share, plus it activates them to visit and experience Philly:
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Jan 13 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts Custom Emoji Keyboard

Philly Fans Can Share Some Brotherly Love In Messaging & Texting With New Emojis

Fans of Philadelphia now have a fun, free way to share their Philly love and pride with the people they message thanks to a new keyboard launched today by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the city’s official destination marketing organization. The Philadelphia Keyboard debuts more than 60 emojis, GIFs and videos that come in the form of a winking Liberty Bell (emoji), a flashing Yo! graphic (GIF) and a bird’s eye view of the William Penn Statue atop City Hall (video), to name just a few examples.

With one million fans and followers across 18 social media accounts, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s social

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Jan 13 2016

New Design For Uwishunu.com Makes Loving Philly Even Easier

Features: Dynamic Mapping, Enhanced Site Navigation & Compelling Design

At today’s VISIT PHILADELPHIA® New Year’s Breakfast, the destination marketing organization announced a brand-new design for uwishunu.com, the what’s-happening blog of visitphilly.com. The popular site received 6.2 million visits in 2015.

“In short, the new uwishunu.com is designed to help people find more things to do, and then go do them,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA.

Features:

  • Mobile, mobile, mobile. In 2015, 58% of VISIT PHILADELPHIA web traffic came from mobile devices. VISIT PHILADELPHIA designed the new site to be extremely mobile-friendly.
  • Big images, a scannable layout and enhanced navigation give the
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Jan 11 2016

Philly's Hottest Sips

Exotic Cocoas, Creative Cocktails & Sweet Sips Top The List Of The Region’s Winter Libations

Huddling around a steamy cup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures, and Philadelphia’s restaurants, bars, cafes and tearooms offer plenty of delicious options. Be it a cocoa infused with habanero and orange, a julep with bourbon and mint tea or an old-timey hot fountain soda, this season’s drinks call for leisurely enjoyment. Here are a few of the most tempting hot beverages in town:

Coziest Cocoa:

  • A creative cannoli bakery in the Italian Market, Café Crema pays equal attention to its drinks. The hot chocolate bar is stocked with all manner of meltables—including red velvet, peppermint, peanut butter and
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Dec 22 2015

Record Hotel Occupancy And Leisure Room Bookings In Center City Philadelphia In 2015

3.1 Million Hotel Room Nights Account For 77% Occupancy

Center City Philadelphia is on track to close 2015 with record hotel occupancy. The leisure travel segment—those who come to Philadelphia for fun trips and getaways—is a major contributor to these milestones.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:
Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is projected to hit a record 77.4% in 2015, up from 75.5% in 2014. Travelers from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms, another record.

“People are coming for Philadelphia—the destination itself is the reason to visit, and travelers are doing it more and more every year,” said Meryl Levitz, president and

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Dec 21 2015

10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About The 2016 DNC Host City, Philadelphia

And Key Resources For Convention And Destination Stories

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, the birthplace of America and the country’s first World Heritage City, July 25-28, 2016. The city has enough history, art, culture, food, vibrant neighborhoods, parks and political landmarks to fill web, newspaper and magazine pages from now until the convention.

Here are 10 things people might not know about the host city, plus key resources for convention and destination coverage.

10 Philly Facts You (Probably) Don’t Know:

  1. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia.
  2. The fast-growing Indego bike-share program launched in spring 2015 and
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Dec 21 2015

What's On The Avenue Of The Arts?

Restaurants, Bars, Theaters, Performing Arts Venues, Art Galleries, Shops & Spas Along Philadelphia's Avenue Of The Arts

Although technically named South Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts community—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the nickname Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. The energy is contagious as theatergoers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados and artists spill onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied thoroughfare.

Home to the striking Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other cultural landmarks, the Avenue of the Arts has earned its

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Dec 17 2015

What's In The Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Cafes, Markets & Shops In The Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods

Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill was once a vacation spot for those who wanted to escape the summer heat of the lower-lying parts of the city. Today, the neighborhood’s eclectic shops and renowned eateries, most along cobblestoned Germantown Avenue, continue to make it a cool place to visit.

Restaurants/Cafes/Markets:

  • Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor – Open since 1889, this charming shop scores big with locals who adore its cakes, cupcakes, pies and, of course, ice cream. Throughout the
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Dec 11 2015

Philadelphia Does Grilled Cheese Great

Cheesemongers & Specialists Lead Philly’s Craze For The Childhood Fave

The grilled cheese sandwich, once considered so plain it was relegated to kids’ menus, has now gained grown-up favor and flavor among specialty food vendors, lunch spots and esteemed eateries in and around Philadelphia. Sure, a couple slices of American slapped on buttered white bread will do at home, but those eating out can discover the joys of melted manchego, sharp provolone, brie and enhancements such as fried jalapenos and homemade brisket. Here’s where to find downright upscale versions of a formerly simple sandwich:

The Classic, Only Better:

  • Old City’s Farmicia takes the first part of its name seriously
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Dec 8 2015

Grandes Eventos Hacen De Un Grande 2016 En Filadelfia

La Convención Nacional Demócrata, la Celebración del Bicentenario de la Iglesia AME, Verano Creativo de África en el Museo de Arte & Muchas Otras Cosas que Hacer para Llenar su Calendario

Recientemente nombrada como la primera Ciudad en los Estados Unidos Sitio del Patrimonio Mundial, Filadelfia pronostica un año lleno de acción en el 2016, con aperturas de atracciones y expansiones, eventos únicos de Filadelfia y exhibiciones que no se deben perder – todos eventos que complementarán las inmensas maravillas de esta increíble ciudad para el caminante con su ambiente de cocina fina, ofertas de arte, muchos parques y espacios públicos y muchísima historia.

El 2016 será el año en el cual se verá a Broad Street transformado en un festival callejero para la vuelta de PIFA (Festival Internacional de las

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Dec 3 2015

Philly's All Buttered Up With Biscuits

The Southern Staple Finds Its Way Into The Region’s Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes

Once a relatively rare item on area menus, biscuits suddenly seem to take the (savory) cake in Philadelphia. Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits, a fast-casual concept devoted entirely to the flaky rounds, gives diners endless possibilities, while just about every major bruncherie now serves up a sausage gravy plate or egg sandwich starring the buttery treat. Whether topped with bacon onion jam, baked with golden cheddar or slathered with honey butter, Philly biscuits tenderly hold their own against the competition.

Here are just a few favorites:

Gravy Train:

  • Before he sold his Vetri Family restaurant group to Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters,
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