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Feb 11 2013

What's New For Visit Philly's Social Media Properties?

A Top-Ranked Twitter Account, Blog Survey Results & An Instagram Promotion

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) maintains a strong social media presence, and here are three new reasons the Visit Philly accounts continue to engage and activate its more than 321,000 fans and followers:

  1. Philly’s All a-Twitter

Philadelphia landed in the number five spot among the 10 most popular U.S. cities on Twitter, ranked by the number of followers of cities’ official tourism Twitter accounts. The report, compiled by SkiftSocial, a company that measures social data of travel companies, found that during a two-week period, Portland and Philadelphia were the most responsive to people via Twitter. Travel Portland enlists


Tagged: Facts & Figures
Feb 4 2013

British Philly Takes The Biscuit

Visitors Can Explore Philly’s English Side At Museums, Restaurants, Pubs & Shops Around Town

Anglophiles rejoice: Brilliant!: The 2013 PHS Flower Show will be on view at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from March 2-10, 2013, and the best of Britain doesn’t end with the show’s exquisite themed garden displays, on view for two full weekends for the first time ever. English culture remains alive and well across the Philadelphia region, with historic sites, top-notch museum collections, pubs, tearooms, theaters and sporting events. This season makes the perfect time to explore Philly’s British treasures, and the following are just a few places to start:

Ace Sights: History & Art:

  • Independence National Historical Park
Jan 24 2013

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

Italian Eateries, Sipping Spots & Restaurant Reboots Lead The Pack

Philadelphia welcomes 2013 with a host of new and notable restaurants and bars. The big trends this winter? Italian cuisine and pizza, cocktails and coffee, and existing restaurants updated with new looks and concepts. From neo-Southern cuisine in Conshohocken to a Fishtown pizzeria from a local expert—along with a slew of new openings coming this spring—Philly’s kitchens runneth over. Here’s a look at some of the exciting flavors worth sampling now:

Tasty New Openings:

  • Zahav’s Michael Solomonov enters the Main Line dining scene with the upscale glatt kosher restaurant Citron and Rose, where the delicacies include mushroom knishes with
Jan 10 2013

12 Stats That Show Why GPTMC's Visit Philly Web Properties Rocked In 2012

Innovative New Features, Timely Content & Vibrant Photos Resulted In Record-Setting Web Visitation

It was a record-setting year for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) web properties, with and welcoming 8.7 million visits—a 33% increase from 2011. Both sites, along with GPTMC’s 16 ahead-of-the-curve social media properties, relied on timely content, vibrant photography, technical innovation and all of the company’s integrated marketing muscle to attract and engage potential visitors. Here’s a look at some 2012 news and numbers worth bragging about: Is Tops:

  1. Out of the 10 largest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has the most-visited destination website in, ranking above powerhouse destinations such as

Tagged: Facts & Figures
Dec 13 2012

Trending Flavors For Philadelphia's Dining Scene

Philadelphia’s Kitchens Are Attracting Big-Name Chefs, Producing Homemade Meats, Going Southern Style & More In 2013

Philadelphia’s restaurants are poised to cook up a whole new menu of deliciousness in the coming year. With increased attention from national press and an influx of talent from other cities swooping in to join the scene, local eateries are becoming ever more cosmopolitan, seeking inspiration from influences as varied as Southern and Japanese cuisines while still maintaining the region’s rootsy culinary identity. Meanwhile, chefs are going deeper into DIY to make their own charcuterie and spirits and working to elevate vegan eating to the next level of sophistication. In all, these trends should make for a very tasty twelve

Dec 5 2012

Enjoy Your Own Silver Lining In Philadelphia

Itinerary Inspired By Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-Nominated Film Silver Linings Playbook

LOCATION: Center City, Philadelphia; South Philadelphia; and the suburbs

TRANSPORTATION: By foot in Center City; by taxi, Septa or car for locations beyond

TIME: An overnight

SUMMARY: Featured on, this jaunt takes visitors to many of the spots featured and mentioned in Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper’s hit film, Silver Linings Playbook. (These sites are bolded throughout the itinerary.)


Day One:
12:00 noon
– Ballroom at the Ben doesn’t appear in the Silver Linings Playbook until Pat’s and Tiffany’s dramatic dance competition scene at the end of the movie, but you can start your trip to Philadelphia with

Dec 5 2012

Philadelphia Ranks Fourth On Lonely Planet's Top U.S. Destinations List

City Lauded For Its Arts & Galleries Scene

Lonely Planet, the top travel guidebook publisher in the world, today released its annual list of the “Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013,” and Philadelphia landed high atop the list in the number four position based on its strong arts scene. The locations—both emerging and perennial favorites—were selected and ranked by the company’s team of U.S.-based editors and authors. Other destinations on the list include: Louisville, Kentucky; Fairbanks, Alaska; Eastern Sierra, California; and Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

“We’re proud that Philadelphia made the list, and we’re pleased that Lonely Planet’s writers and editors recognize the city as an ‘arts

Nov 19 2012

For Guidebooks: 20 New & Notable Philly Museums & Attractions

Philadelphia Has Welcomed New Museums & Attractions In Recent Years

If you haven’t updated your Philadelphia guidebook lately, you might be missing some major new museums and attractions. Over the past few years, the region welcomed some destination-defining—and trip-defining—attractions, including the Barnes Foundation, the renewed Rodin Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History and The President’s House, as well as new fashionable hotels and fun festivals.

Between all their touring, visitors fuel up in a city that’s become a top dining destination, evidenced by recent multiple-page features in Travel + Leisure and Bon Appétit. The Italian Market, Reading Terminal Market, BYOB spots, red-gravy restaurants, chef-centric eateries, ethnic outposts, food

Nov 13 2012

Five New Reasons To Connect With Visit Philly's Social Media

Partnership With Google, LGBT Facebook Promotion & Instagram Accounts Keep Fans Engaged

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) continues to aggressively develop its social media initiatives, breaking into the newest and most effective platforms and continuing to refine its current properties. Recent developments include a feed for Google Field Trip, a fun Visit Gay Philly Facebook promotion and new Instagram accounts.

“GPTMC embraced social media early on, and we continue to adapt and grow with it as new technologies are introduced,” says Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, GPTMC. “Best of all, we’re seeing that our social media fans are acting on what they read. In fact, in a recent


Nov 6 2012

Power Up With A Filling And Flavorful Philly Breakfast

Hotel Restaurants, Down-Home Diners & Swanky Spots Put The Power In Power Breakfasts

Philly’s restaurants can fuel any power breakfast with high style and great flavor. In the mood for an organic smoothie? How about chipped beef? Maybe it’s a quiche Lorraine kind of morning? Here’s a look at some of the best bets around town for early meeting and eating:

Cosmopolitan Conferences:

  • A mod restaurant at the base of the AKA Rittenhouse, serves a well-heeled morning workforce toasted bagels with smoked salmon, thick cut onion and tomato; homemade English muffins with country sausage and fried egg; Counter Culture Coffee; and pastries from local artisanal bake shop Au Fournil. Monday through
Nov 1 2012

Gay Travelers Find Their Perfect Philly Neighborhood With New Facebook Quiz

One Participant Will Win Overnight Stay In Philly, Including Lady Gaga Tickets

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) today debuted a new personality quiz on that will help LGBT visitors figure out which Philadelphia neighborhood best suits them and give them a chance to win a weekend stay in Philadelphia, including tickets to a Lady Gaga concert. A part of GPTMC’s popular Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the fun Facebook-based quiz asks questions about participant’s dining, shopping and nightlife preferences and then determines which of five Philly neighborhoods—the Gayborhood, Old City, Rittenhouse Square/Benjamin Franklin Parkway, East Passyunk and New Hope—meshes best with their mood.


Tagged: LGBT
Oct 31 2012

Philly Tourism Office Staff Picks

The Ultimate Insiders Dish On Their Philly Faves

Donna Schorr, a young-at-heart Baby Boomer
Director of Communications

Yes, I take a train ride to the city every day, and at this age, I’m no expert on late night clubbing. But I’ve lived in or near Philly for decades (never mind how many), and I can tell you a lot about great things to see and do that don’t cost a fortune. Here are some of my sentimental favorites:

  • Rittenhouse Square: When I miss my dad, I visit his memorial bench in one of the most loved green spots in the city. Rittenhouse Square is the heart and soul
Oct 22 2012

What's In The Northwest Philadelphia Neighborhoods?

Local Brews, Great Reads & Tasty Treats Abound In Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy & West Oak Lane

Getting to the diverse and historic neighborhoods of Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy and West Oak Lane is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at before heading off to explore these vibrant enclaves in the northwest section of the city.

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

Oct 19 2012

"Supreme" Vintage Fashion In Philly

Retro & Designer Duds Abound At Region’s Vintage Shops

When Come See About Me: The Mary Wilson Supremes Collection exhibition debuts on January 25, 2013, at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, visitors will have the chance to ogle 70 of the girl group’s gorgeous gowns, along with ample accessories. The display will certainly inspire nostalgia for the social importance and musical richness of the 1960s and ’70s—not to mention the eras’ glam looks. Luckily, the Philadelphia area abounds with great vintage boutiques to satisfy any retro fashion itch. In Center City, South Philly and beyond, these shops offer couture classics, estate finds and mint-condition bargains that will keep


Tagged: Shopping
Oct 17 2012

New Restaurants Make For An Extra Tasty Fall In Philadelphia

Social Spots, Ramen Joints & Asian Eateries Hit Philly This Autumn

Autumn’s here, and with it comes pumpkins, apples and a whole season’s worth of restaurant openings in Philadelphia and The Countryside®. On the list are some fresh concepts from seasoned cooks, convivial spots for cocktails, an artisan pie bakery, upscale Asian cuisine and a slew of places to slurp ramen. A couple New York mega-chefs are making their Philadelphia debuts, and both of them have Stephen Starr ties. The just-unveiled Fette Sau in Fishtown specializes in barbecue, and still to come, Peter Serpico, a top name in the influential Momofuku empire, will serve up serving cutting-edge Korean cuisine at Serpico,

Oct 1 2012

Dónde Comprar Arte Latino En Filadelfia

Desde lo tradicional hasta lo moderno, el arte latino se vende por toda la ciudad

El arte latino florece en Filadelfia y está disponible para la venta en galerías y museos de toda la ciudad. ¿Desea un grabado de Frida Kahlo para colgar en la sala? Lo puede encontrar en el Museo de Arte de Filadelfia. ¿Está buscando una pintura al óleo original en el estilo del realismo mágico de Orlando Quevedo? La galería NoLibs del artista cubano hace entregas. ¿Quizás está buscando una muñeca del Día de los Muertos? La Eyes Gallery ofrece justo lo que usted busca. Dónde comprar arte latino en Filadelfia

  • Una visita al Taller Puertorriqueño, organización cultural y de las
Aug 27 2012

Backgrounder: Architecture

Classic And Modern Architecture Stand Side-by-Side In Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s more recent architectural additions—including the country’s tallest green building, the Comcast Center—and other modern constructions blend with Colonial-style buildings as well as structures from eras in between to give the city a distinguished look. The architectural heritage of more than 300 years is visible throughout the city and region with outstanding examples of every type of building and virtually every architectural style found in the United States. Almost 100 buildings have been designated National Historic Landmarks. More than any other city in the country, Philadelphia illustrates the history of American architecture.

A New Nation Finds Its Own Style

Aug 21 2012

When It Comes To Craft Beer, Philly's A Can-Do Kind Of Town

Philadelphia’s Bars & Restaurants Lead The Way In The Canned Microbrew Revolution

The canned beer revolution is gaining momentum, and Philadelphia restaurants and bars are embracing it in a big way. In August 2012, named “15 Cantastic Places to Get a Beer,” and three Philly places made the list, with Percy Street Barbecue topping it and Memphis Taproom and BAR following behind at #15 and #10 respectively. Meanwhile, canned beer is popping up all over town, from suds-snob hangouts like Craft Ale House and Grey Lodge Pub to burlesque bars and gastropubs such as Trestle Inn and Good Dog Bar. Here’s a look at some of the best places to sip,

Aug 15 2012

Lovin' the Nightlife In Philly

There’s A Neighborhood For Every Mood

Where to go? What to do? When deciding how to spend a night out in Philly—deemed the “late-night capital of the United States” by Esquire in August 2012—it all depends on the mood. And luckily, the city has a neighborhood for every one of them. Ready for a fancy-pants night on the town? Rittenhouse Square rocks upscale like no other neighborhood in town. Have the need to hang with hipsters? Northern Libs is the place. Want to get lost in the crowd? Make Old City a must. Here’s a look at six very different Philly neighborhoods—all easily accessible from Center

Aug 8 2012

Coming Often To A TV Screen Near You: Philly's Best Restaurants, Chefs & Dishes

City’s Food Scene Tempts The Taste Buds On National TV Shows

Philadelphia is full of edible treasures, and national food shows are recognizing the region’s arrival as a delicious dining town by filming segments and entire programs that show off top restaurants, stellar dishes and expert chefs. Whether it’s the Throwdown with Bobby Flay episode showcasing Tony Luke’s classic cheesesteak, the Man v. Food segment featuring the enormous Mt. Vesuvius sundae at The Franklin Fountain or any number of The Best Thing I Ever Ate highlights, there’s real flavor behind the hype. Here’s a look at a few of the great local eats that have been given the television treatment: