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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 withart.visitphilly.com, 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

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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
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Apr 29 2013

Get Out And Get Active In Philadelphia And The Countryside®

Calendar Of Outdoor Happenings 2013

MAY 2013

May 4-5
GORUCK CHALLENGE.
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. goruck.com

May 5
BLUE CROSS BROAD STREET RUN.
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

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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,
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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

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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
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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 visitphilly.com/neighborhoods, 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

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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 visitphilly.com/neighborhoods, programas y promociones usando redes sociales, amplia difusión de prensa e

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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

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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

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Mar 11 2013

Philadelphia's Neighborhoods: Distinct, Authentic & Packed With Personality

Everyone Can Find A Favorite Spot In Philly

CENTER CITY

Rittenhouse Square:
Long considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. Along its sidewalks—many of which boast seating for alfresco dining and drinking—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds. The one-block Rittenhouse Square is more popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists and even dogs than city founder William Penn ever could have imagined. With a number of hotels also in the area, this neighborhood remains an out-of-towner favorite.

Midtown Village/Avenue of the Arts:
Other neighborhoods converge here, but

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Mar 1 2013

Philadelphia Supplement In US Airways Magazine Takes Flight In March

85-Page Spread Showcases The Many Reasons To Live, Work & Play In The Region

Beginning this morning, an 85-page, Philadelphia-branded feature will appear in US Airways magazine, tucked in the seatbacks of every plane and available to six million domestic and international flyers throughout the month of March. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) worked with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Pace Communications and nearly 70 area hotels, attractions, shops, events, universities, hospitals and major corporations to compile this comprehensive and inspired story about what Philadelphia means to visitors, residents and businesses.

Featuring a stunning cover photo of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway taken for GPTMC by local photographer Bob Krist, the March installment

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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

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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
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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
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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 visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com 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:

Visitphilly.com Is Tops:

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

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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 visitphilly.com/itineraries, 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.)

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

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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

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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

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