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Mar 19 2014

Philadelphia Jazz Makes History & Sweet Sounds

Jazz Clubs, Live Performances, Jam Sessions & Special Events Make Philly A Year-Round Destination For Jazz Music

As the birthplace or temporary home of such noted jazz figures as Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Bessie Smith, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, Philadelphia plays an important role in the history of the art form. But it’s not all about history. Concerts and events make the city a jazz hotspot even today. As acclaimed bassist Warren Oree said, “There’s another ‘Sound of Philadelphia’—the sound of Philadelphia’s jazz.” Here’s where people can hear it all year long:

Festivals & Events:

  • The third annual Center City Jazz Festival, which celebrates the past, present and future of jazz in Philadelphia, is
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Mar 17 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ Unveils New Mobile Website

The Importance Of Mobile In Destination Marketing Is The Reason For A Revamped Visitphilly.com

This week, VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ launched a new mobile experience of its website, visitphilly.com, the official visitor website for Greater Philadelphia. Mobile traffic to visitphilly.com topped 3.1 million visits in 2013—a 325% increase over 2011, when mobile traffic accounted for 680,000 visits.

With the new, more adaptive design, users have access to 100% of visitphilly.com from their mobile device—2,500 pages of content. So, what can they do?

  • Use their mobile mapping capabilities to find an attraction, restaurant, etc.
  • Reference the roundup of festivals to plan their weekend trips.
  • Find top dining picks from Philadelphia chefs.
  • Plan a themed trip with
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Mar 13 2014

Steal This Magazine

Arrive Magazine Features A First-Time, 43-Page Special Section All About Philadelphia

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ convened 27 of its partners for a special section in Arrive magazine. The 43-page spread in the March/April issue puts Philadelphia an arm’s length away from millions of travelers along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The media value is worth $630,000.

“The magazine is packed with reasons why people should hit the rails and come to Greater Philadelphia this spring and summer,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “We’ve found transit magazines highly effective for Philadelphia—a region that enjoys tremendous accessibility.”

The entire Philadelphia spread is branded with With Love, Philadelphia XOXO®, and visitphilly.com is at the

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Mar 7 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ Launches Rocky Itinerary & Sweepstakes In Time For Beloved Boxer's Broadway Debut

Contest Entrants Have Chance To Win A Rocky-Themed Weekend In Philadelphia & New York

The official debut of Rocky Broadway in New York City on March 13 and the recent release of the Rocky Heavyweight collection of all six Rocky films gives fans of the beloved character Rocky Balboa the perfect excuse to re-explore the city the championship boxer called home, and VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ is making it easy for visitors to do just that. The Quintessential Rocky Tour of Philadelphia and the Ultimate Rocky Weekend Sweepstakes, both found at visitphilly.com/rocky, encourage visitors to explore the city where the boxer lived, loved and trained.

“Nearly 40 years later, people are still enthusiastic fans of the

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Feb 27 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Gay-friendly Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

Here are

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Feb 26 2014

Visit Philadelphia Takes The Philly Message To Austin During The SXSW Festival

Event Sponsorship Aims To Influence Millennial Audience

Visit Philadelphia™ is again taking its message on the road to Austin during the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) festival with a sponsorship that will show off Philly to the influential millennial market. Happening on Thursday, March 13 at Cheer Up Charlie’s bar, Homesick Philly—part of the Death and Taxes East End event—will feature a Philly-branded stage, a beer garden serving Victory Brewing Company beer and a chance for festival-goers to win a trip to the Roots Picnic in Philadelphia and other prizes.

“Millennials are an important market for us,” said Meryl Levitz, president & CEO, Visit Philadelphia. “They

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Feb 14 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

Here are

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Feb 3 2014

Un Fin De Semana Película Inspirado En Los Filme De Rocky

Vive Un Fin De Semana En Filadelfia Siguiendo Los Pasos Del Boxeador

LOCACIONES: Center City, South Philadelphia e East Falls

TRANSPORTE: A pie, tranvía, taxi o automóvil

DURACIÓN: Dos noches y dos días

Después de cautivar los corazones de millones de aficionados al cine, Rocky Balboa está a punto de anotar un nocaut en Broadway. La producción musical de Rocky das Musical deleitó a los críticos en Hamburgo, Alemania, y ahora está cruzando el Atlántico, para traer a este personaje tan icónico de Filadelfia a Nueva York. La puesta en escena sigue muy de cerca la trama de la película original inspirando a los fans del boxeador a explorar su querida ciudad

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Jan 31 2014

New Restaurants Heat Up Philadelphia's Dining Scene This Winter

On The Menu: Meaty Dishes, A French Restaurant Revival, Hispanic Food & More

There’s no such thing as winter hibernation for Philadelphia’s acclaimed dining scene. Local restaurateurs are busier than ever opening up new establishments. Among the options are carnivorous meals, French classics, Spanish-inflected eats and sweet treats to top it all off. Here’s a look at some of the most eagerly anticipated newcomers this season:

Recent Openings:

  • Top Chef Kevin Sbraga aims for second-time charm with The Fat Ham. The chef applies his ample talents to contemporary Southern cookin’ (hummus with boiled peanuts, country-fried lobster tail and macaroni and cheese with a barbecue potato chip crust) in a rustic-chic University City
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Jan 31 2014

New Look, New Features For Two Major Philadelphia Attractions

Franklin Institute & Philadelphia Zoo Complete Major Renovations In Time For Summer Season

Two of Philadelphia’s most popular attractions, The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Zoo, are undergoing massive renovations and will unveil dramatic new looks just in time for the busy summer travel season.

Philadelphia’s big cats will soon have an overhead outdoor trail system at the Philadelphia Zoo. When the see-through mesh trail system, called Big Cat Crossing, is complete in April 2014, visitors will be able to see lions, tigers, jaguars and other large felines roam 14-feet above the ground of America’s first zoo. This innovative, first-in-the-world campus-wide trail system, designed for a wide variety of species, is revolutionizing the

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Jan 27 2014

Philadelphia Hotels Get New Looks In 2014

City’s Hotel Scene Stays Vibrant With Upgrades, Renovations & The Opening Of The Courtyard Philadelphia South

The new year brings a new look to many of Philadelphia’s top hotels with a wave of renovations, upgrades and the arrival of the Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard, a brand new addition to the city’s diverse hotel offerings. Here’s a look at what’s happening inside and outside of Philadelphia’s hotels in 2014:

New Hotel On The Block:

  • Opened in January 2014, the newest hotel on the Philadelphia scene is the $34 million Courtyard Philadelphia South at The Navy Yard. Located in the historic Philadelphia Navy Yard business complex with nearby access to the city’s sports arenas,
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Jan 23 2014

Philly Celebrates Black History Month

Exhibitions, Performances and Special Program Highlight A Month of Activities

Since Philadelphia’s earliest days, African-American culture has played an influential role in shaping the city’s personality. This February, Philadelphia celebrates that heritage and Black History Month with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and other activities. Visitors can join members of the esteemed Tiberino family of artists on guided tours of The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, catch the Tony Award®-winning classic Porgy and Bess at the Academy of Music or explore the path to Civil Rights at the National Constitution Center.

Here are some highlights of Philadelphia’s Black

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Jan 23 2014

What's Trending In Philadelphia's Dining Scene In 2014?

Fancy Markets, French & Jewish Fare, Home-style Desserts & More

The freshest new flavors in Philly’s restaurant scene in 2014? Market culture, replete with artisan goods, eat-in cafes and exclusive dinners at communal tables, for starters. In a town that owns Italian cooking, French cuisine resurges with more chefs turning to classic techniques and traditions. Jewish food in all of its international variations continues to be reinvented in exciting new ways. Meanwhile, the juice bar may well be the new coffee bar, and home-style desserts trump cupcakes. Here’s a look at some trends to watch in 2014:

Marvelous Markets:
Philadelphians love high-quality, high-end ingredients, and an emerging crop of

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Jan 23 2014

Philadelphia's 2014 Visual Arts Calendar

City’s Art Scene Makes Every Day Colorful

Philadelphia’s vast and vibrant art scene boasts daily, weekly, monthly and annual events that keep the culture calendar packed. Here are some of the recurring events making Philly a year-round visual arts destination:

Tour Time:

  • The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program offers a variety of tours of the city’s more than 3,600 indoor and outdoor murals. People see the city’s colorful walls during a guided walking tour of Center City, trolley tours through diverse neighborhoods and the Love Letter tour, which uses the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line as its mode of transportation—just to name a few. Most tours depart
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Jan 16 2014

Quirky Events In Philadelphia

Gay Bingo, Bad Movies, Racing Grandpas & Other Zany Events Make Philly Fun All Year Long

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Philadelphia gained an international reputation for being a pretty quirky place, thanks to an underdog championship boxer movie character, dueling cheesesteak purveyors, the Mummers and, well, a cracked Bell. It seems the 21st century will continue to propagate that fun-loving mystique with strange and wonderful annual events held every month of the year. Here’s a look at the city’s quirky side:

January-February:

  • The perpetually sold-out SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl 21 pits amateur speed eaters against one another in a race to see who can gobble the most chicken wings
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Jan 8 2014

Philly Ad Campaign Gets A New Twist: Phillyosophy

Visit Philadelphia™ Evolves Popular With Love Campaign

Visit Philadelphia™ announced today that the popular With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® is evolving. The new vision is called “Phillyosophy.”

“Phillyosophy conveys the Philadelphia voice, spirit and attitude, while reflecting Philadelphia’s new confidence,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of Visit Philadelphia.

With strong copy and bold photos, the With Love Phillyosophy ads are a burst of expression. They embody how people are thinking, feeling and talking about Philadelphia today. The ads are still part of the With Love campaign; Phillyosophy is a new twist.

The ads start with “My Phillyosophy,” followed by a statement (for example, “Finger food is good.

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Jan 7 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™: Perfect For Long Winter Weekends

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

The new year brings with it two long weekends and several special events and exhibits, making it the perfect time for couples, families and friends to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon

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Jan 7 2014

Visitphilly.com & Uwishunu.com Welcomed More Than 11 Million Visits In 2013

Social Media Also Soared With More Than 475,000 Followers

For the first time ever, Visit Philadelphia’s powerhouse properties visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com welcomed more than 11 million visits in 2013. The sister sites also saw a significant surge in mobile traffic and sent millions of clicks to partner websites during the record-setting year. Visit Philly’s social media soared as well, with 475,000 followers and counting, a new presence on LinkedIn (the ninth platform for Visit Philly) and the second most popular account on Instagram (out of the five most populated cities). Here’s a look at 2013 by the numbers:

One Dynamic Duo: Visitphilly.com and Uwishunu.com:

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Dec 31 2013

Philadelphia Region Contributing To Nation's Record-Breaking Brewery Boom

More Than A Dozen Craft Breweries To Open Or Expand By Summer 2014

The United States now has more breweries than at any time in its history, and Philadelphia-area entrepreneurs are helping to lead the way by opening even more breweries at a rapid pace. According to the Brewers Association, a craft beer industry trade group, the U.S. was home to only eight craft breweries in 1980, 537 in 1994 and more than 2,500 today. Regionally, craft brewers are opening locations in every county—from Victory Brewing in Kennett Square to Broken Goblet Brewery in Bristol—and more are working hard to secure licenses and locations before 2015. Here’s a look at more than a

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Dec 31 2013

A New Wave Of Authentic Taquerias & Roving Trucks Make Philly A Bona Fide Taco Town

South Philly Leads The City’s Taco Craze

Little by little, Philly’s turned into a bona fide taco town. Between the mom-and-pop taquerias of South Philly, tried-and-true tequila bars, a roving pack of lunch trucks and the newest crop of gringo-owned joints, there’s truly a taco for everyone and their hermano. Here’s where the hungry masses can get their tacos on:

New-Wave Mexican:

  • Fishtown’s divey Loco Pez found its inspiration in L.A.’s fusion-y taco trucks, and the result is a mix-and-match menu of fun and sometimes unexpected flavors. There’s the Gabacho (ground beef in a crispy shell), for instance, or a seitan-and-spinach combo for the vegan crowd.
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