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Aug 2 2013

Philadelphia Welcomes New Hotels & Major Upgrades In 2013

On the Horizon: Navy Yard Courtyard By Marriott & Home2 Suites Philadelphia

Visitors to Philadelphia are sleeping easier than ever in 2013, thanks to a flurry of hotel activity that’s taking shape in the form of new properties, major upgrades and boutique-brand conversions. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s hotel happenings in 2013 and beyond:

Brand New:

  • Located just steps away from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown, Home2 Suites by Hilton will open on August 6, 2013, becoming the brand’s first downtown Philadelphia property and the first newly developed hotel in Philadelphia since the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Of the 246 studios, 22 are one-bedroom suites
Jul 1 2013

Philly Bars Pour Many Of The Most Sought-After Beers In The U.S.

City’s Beer Bars Distinguish Themselves With Rare Finds & Focused Themes

Philadelphia has been recognized as the country’s best beer city by publications from Maxim to GQ, and every month brings news of the opening of a bar/restaurant that specializes in craft beer. Though Philly has held a prominent place in the hearts of Belgian brewers for many years, other international craft beer brewers are now finding ready audiences in the city of brotherly suds. Stalwarts like Monk’s Café and relative newcomers like Brauhaus Schmitz have established such tight relationships with foreign brewers that they import beers that no other American bars can access. Similarly, several revered American breweries—think Russian River,

Jun 25 2013

New Bar Enters The Hotel Happy Hour Scene In Philly

Under $10: Bargain-Priced Beers, Award-Winning Wines & Budget-Friendly Bites

When it opens in July, in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood will join Philadelphia’s lively hotel happy hour scene. Stylish and relaxing vibes and wallet-friendly deals entice residents and visitors to kick back and take in the scene at Center City hotels. Craft beers, award-winning wines and delicious bites are among the feel-good specials. Here’s a look at some hotels making people happy:

  • Opening on July 9, 2013, at the swanky AKA Rittenhouse Square will shuck up an oyster happy hour seven days a week from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Every oyster on the menu will go for just $1.50 each
Jun 20 2013

The U.S. Open Tournament Brings Golf Fever To Philly

Visitors Can Enjoy An Array Of Golf-Related Activities In Greater Philadelphia

The Philadelphia region captured the attention of the entire golf world when Ardmore’s Merion Golf Club hosted the 113th U.S. Open in June 2013. Those who came into town for the event or watched the ample coverage on TV learned about the proud history of the “Magical Merion” golf course, saw the beauty of Philadelphia and witnessed the passionate fans who make this region the famed sports town it is.

Those eager to test their golf skills in Philadelphia can try for par at pristine local course or putt away with the family at a local mini-golf course or


Tagged: Outdoors
Jun 3 2013

GPTMC Wins "Travel + Leisure" Social Media Award

The SMITTYs Honor GPTMC With Award In The “Best Use Of A Social Media Platform” Category

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) announced today that it has received a Social Media in Travel & Tourism Award (SMITTY) from Travel + Leisure for its Visit Philly Twitter account, which currently has 45,000 followers. To win in the “Best Use Of A Social Media Platform” category, Philadelphia competed against hundreds of national and international destination marketing organizations and travel companies.

The SMITTYs—now in its second year—spotlight the travel industry’s most innovative and effective uses of social media that provide value to consumers in this new landscape. To celebrate the 28 winners, Travel + Leisure is hosting an


Tagged: Facts & Figures
May 30 2013

Poll: Philly's Beer Scene Runneth Over

GPTMC’s Newly Created “Philly Friends” Panel Has Spoken, & 54% Love Their Suds Alfresco

Inspired by Philly Beer Week, kicking off today, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) polled the newly created Philly Friends opinion panel about the city’s beer scene. The findings are mouthwatering.

Question #1: What do you think makes Philly’s beer scene so impressive? (Select all that apply.)

  • Beer-centric pubs & bars – 76%
  • Quality breweries – 69%
  • Beer gardens – 54%
  • Philly Beer Week – 43%
  • Bartenders who know their stuff – 37%
  • Home-brewing scene – 19%
  • Other – 7%

Question #2: What is your favorite place in Philadelphia to enjoy beer on a hot summer day?

May 29 2013

El Barrio Del Centro De Oro En Philly Está Lleno De Sabores Y Cultura Latina

El Espíritu Del Centro De Oro Vive En Sus Restaurantes, Tiendas Y Experiencias Culturales

El eje de la cultura y vida latina en Filadelfia es el Centro de Oro, casa de organizaciones internacionales sin fines de lucro, muchos negocios familiares de tercera y cuarta generación y descendientes de diferentes países latinoamericanos. Visitantes de este vivo enclave – a tan solo un corto viaje en taxi desde el centro de Filadelfia – pueden disfrutar de auténticos platillos caribeños en Isla Verde, encontrar inspiración en el trabajo de artistas puertorriqueños y latinos en Taller Puertorriqueño o sentir la pasión de un baile de flamenco en las clases de Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas. He aquí algunas maneras de

May 9 2013

Record Visitation & Impact Numbers Underscore Importance Of Travel For Philadelphia

GPTMC Releases Annual Report, "The Evolution Of A Destination And Its Marketing," During National Travel & Tourism Week

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) released its 2013 annual report, which reveals that the region welcomed a record 38.8 million domestic visitors in 2012. Those visitors generate economic impact and taxes for the region and support residents’ jobs. Titled The Evolution of a Destination and Its Marketing, the report also emphasizes the major changes in Philadelphia and in marketing since GPTMC began.

“Philadelphia is a better, more complex destination appealing to more types of travelers and more trip types,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC. “Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all marketing. Today, we use


Tagged: Facts & Figures
May 9 2013 Enhances Its Hotel Search Engine

New Search Engine Enables Visitors To Book Directly On Hotel Sites, Secure Best Rate & Use Loyalty Points

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) today announced a new hotel search engine for BookDirect. A product of JackRabbit Systems, the search engine:

  • Gives consumers the opportunity to compare and shop for rates as always, but enables them to book accommodations on their preferred hotel’s website. That means they can secure the best available rate and build or use loyalty points.
  • Makes it easier for visitors to find the hotel that best suits their needs thanks to a new map view and search results that are filtered by amenity, location, price and property.

“Experience tells us that

May 8 2013

What's New & Notable In Philly's Restaurant Scene This Spring?

In Bloom: BYOBs, Gastropubs, A Biergarten, A Raw Bar, A Noodle Bar & More

Spring in Philadelphia means more than baseball and cherry blossoms: It also means brand-new BYOBs, gastropubs, a biergarten, a raw bar, a noodle bar and the list goes on. Among the crowd of culinary creators are a number of second, third and beyond acts by some of the region’s hottest restaurateurs. And, as is appropriate in the warm weather, there’s news on the ice cream front too. Here’s what’s cooking in Philly this spring:

Recent Openings:

  • Northern European cuisine, including smoked fish, smørrebrød, bitterballen and lots of beets, get their day in the sun thanks to Chef Joncarl Lachman’s
May 7 2013

The With Art Website Wins A Webby Award

Honor Is The First Webby Award For A GPTMC Site

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) awarded the With Art Philadelphia™ website, found at, a Webby Award. Dubbed the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, the IADAS-sponsored awards honor online excellence around the world. A collaboration of GPTMC, the City of Philadelphia and more than a dozen other civic and cultural partners, the With Art site nabbed a recognition in the Association category. GPTMC worked with Northern Liberties-based web firm BlueCadet to create the site—complete with vibrant photography, renowned artworks, an interactive map, art itineraries, event and exhibit listings and more. It is


Tagged: Arts & Culture
May 6 2013

Philadelphia's Quirky Attractions Pay Homage To The Unusual

A Physics-Defying Bench, A Showcase To The Three Stooges & Insects Galore Are Some Of The Region’s More Unusual Gems

For those visitors who like to stray off the beaten path, Philadelphia is bursting with attractions that pay homage to the unusual. The region boasts a slew of delightfully quirky spots, including a bench that seems to contradict the laws of sound, the country’s largest bug museum, an anatomical model made of a human nervous system and more. Here’s a look at some of the Philadelphia-area attractions that make the region just a little delightfully weird:

Collections Of A Natural Kind:

  • There’s an unsettling site at the entrance to the bookstore at Drexel University College of Medicine’s East Falls
Apr 29 2013

Get Out And Get Active In Philadelphia And The Countryside®

Calendar Of Outdoor Happenings 2013

MAY 2013

May 4-5
For those adventure seekers who wish to recreate the experience of participating in urban military combat, this 15- to 20-mile overnight challenge sends teams across the city to navigate a course while wearing backpacks stuffed with bricks. The challenges are led by Green Berets, and a portion of every entry fee benefits the Green Beret Foundation.

May 5
The largest and one of the fastest 10-mile runs in the nation goes from North Philadelphia down the length of Broad Street to The Navy Yard to raise money for

Apr 24 2013

See Philadelphia Artists In Action All Over Town

Even Amateur Artists Can Tap Into Their Creative Energies At City’s Many Galleries & Collectives

In many ways, art making is a spectator sport in Philadelphia, where hundreds of fledgling and established artists work in public view at collective spaces all over town. To spur and promote innovation, artists invite visitors to stop in to watch, learn and participate in order to add their own creative energy to the process. Here’s where art lovers can watch the artistic process take shape in Philly:

Art Makers In Action:

  • The Center for Art in Wood celebrates one of the world’s most ancient artistic mediums by providing residencies for more than 100 international artists. Once a year,

Tagged: Arts & Culture
Apr 15 2013

Visit Philly Launches Guest Instagram & Pinterest Programs

GPTMC Uses Popular Social Media Platforms To Show Philadelphia Through Locals’ Perspectives

Beginning this spring, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is handing over the reins of its popular Instagram and Pinterest accounts to residents charged with showing off their favorite Philly locations and made-in-Philly items. The project calls on locals—influential photographers, prolific social media users and experts in their fields—to promote new sides of Philadelphia to Visit Philly’s more than 340,000 fans and followers:

  1. Visit Philly Guest Instagram Program

After a successful Guest Instagram pilot program with local photographer Dave Maialetti, GPTMC is expanding the program to spotlight 14 visitor-ready areas surrounding Center City that are part of the new


Apr 12 2013

What's Blooming In Philadelphia's Public Gardens This Spring

Big Bugs Exhibit, Behind-The-Scenes Tours & Fantastical Flora & Fauna Take Root

This spring, the Philadelphia region’s gardens and arboretums are marking the warmer-weather season with a city-wide festival that celebrates the delicate cherry blossom, big bugs sculpted from fallen trees at Morris Arboretum, new behind-the-scenes tours at Longwood Gardens and plenty of beautiful blooms at gardens all across the region. Here’s a look at what’s in bloom:

Garden News:

  • More than just flora and fauna have sprung to life at Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Eleven Big Bugs, the creation of Long Island sculptor David Rogers, dot the grounds of the arboretum through August 31. Made

En Español

Apr 5 2013

GPTMC Launches Philadelphia Neighborhoods Campaign

Marketing Efforts Focus On 14 Neighborhoods Surrounding Center City

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) today announced the launch of a new campaign—Philadelphia Neighborhoods—that spotlights 14 of the personality-packed areas surrounding Center City. The campaign encourages locals and visitors to explore the neighborhoods’ storied streets, buzzed-about restaurants, emerging art galleries, independent shops, intimate music venues, plentiful parks and annual festivals. Components include a highly visual and compelling neighborhood section on, strong social media programs and promotions, extensive press outreach and research. The campaign is supported in great part by the William Penn Foundation.

“Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality and


In English

Apr 5 2013

GPTMC Lanza La Campaña "Philadelphia Neighborhoods"

Esfuerzos De Mercadotecnia Se Enfocaran En 14 Vecindarios Que Rodean Center City

La Corporación de Mercadeo del Turismo en la Zona Metropolitana de Filadelfia o GPTMC (Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation) anunció hoy el lanzamiento de una nueva campaña—Philadelphia Neighborhoods—que le da proyección a 14 vecindarios que rodean el centro de la ciudad (Center City). La campaña insta a locales y visitantes a explorar las historias de las calles de estos vecindarios, hablar de los restaurantes, galerías de arte, tiendas independientes, lugares íntimos de música, parques y festivales anuales. Los componentes incluyen una sección muy visual y completa en, programas y promociones usando redes sociales, amplia difusión de prensa e


En Español

Mar 20 2013

Hands-On Family Fun Abounds In Philly This Summer & Beyond

Two Of The Newest Interactive Attractions: The Philadelphia Zoo’s KidZooU & Benjamin Franklin Life and Legacy Museum

When the Philadelphia Zoo launches its brand new KidZooU this spring, kids and their families can study wildlife like scientists, learn more about conservation and explore a brand new habitat. And when the Benjamin Franklin Museum opens its doors, children can explore the Founding Father’s life with the help of Skuggs the Squirrel and plenty of hands-on components. Couple these adventures with a troll through the tree houses at Longwood Gardens and a shark-touching expedition at the Adventure Aquarium, and it’s easy to see that Philadelphia provides an educational playground for its youngest visitors. Here are some of the area’s


In English

Mar 20 2013

La Diversión Familiar Abunda En Filadelfia Este Verano Y Más Allá

Dos De Las atracciones Interactivas Más Nuevas: El KidZooU Del Zoológico De Filadelfia Y El Museo De La Vida Y El Legado De Benjamin Franklin

Cuando el Zoológico de Filadelfia inaugure su nuevo KidZooU esta primavera, los chicos y sus familias podrán estudiar la fauna y la flora como los científicos, aprender más sobre conservación y explorar un hábitat totalmente nuevo. Y cuando el Benjamin Franklin Museum (Museo de Benjamin Franklin) abra sus puertas, los niños podrán explorar la vida del padre fundador con la ayuda de la Ardilla Skuggs y muchos componentes prácticos. Combine estas aventuras con un paseo por las casas en los árboles en Longwood Gardens y una expedición para tocar tiburones en el Adventure Aquarium, y es fácil ver que Filadelfia