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Jun 8 2007

10 Must-Dos In Philly This Weekend And Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events June 8-17, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a coupon book with special offers at 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from June 8-17, 2007:
 

Through June 17, 2007:

  • DanceBOOM! The Wilma Theater’s annual dance festival features two
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May 23 2007

Oh Canada! Society of American Travel Writers Head to Philadelphia for Summer Meeting

GPTMC Showcases The Region To Influential Canadian Media

Nearly 50 writers, photographers and travel professionals from all across Canada will convene in Philadelphia this summer for a meeting of the Society of American Travel Writers’ (SATW) Canadian Chapter, July 19-23, 2007.

Hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), the SATW meeting will include professional development sessions, along with themed tours showcasing the region’s best historic sites, cultural attractions, restaurants, shops and nightlife. GPTMC has worked with the Canadian chapter of SATW since late 2006 to develop the meeting tours, as well as pre- and post-conference trips to other areas of Pennsylvania.

“Destinations around the world compete

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May 21 2007

10 Must-Dos in Philly This Week and Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events May 24-June 3, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, hotel parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a value book with special offers to 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from May 24-June 3, 2007:

May 24-June 3, 2007:

  • Devon Horse Show and County Fair. Celebrating its
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May 17 2007

PECO Multicultural Series Continues At Penn's Landing

Series of festivals celebrate the diversity that makes Philadelphia unique

Penn's Landing Corporation is proud to produce another season of free programming this year on the Great Plaza, the heart of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia’s premier riverfront entertainment destination. The 2007 Program Season, presented by Independence Blue Cross, will feature a diverse schedule of events including the eleven different multicultural festivals that make up the PECO Multicultural series. The annual PECO Multicultural Series will begin June 3, 2007 with the Portuguese Heritage Festival and continue throughout the event packed 2007 season concluding on September 16 with the Mexican Independence Day Festival.
 

This year the PECO Multicultural Series has expanded and

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May 14 2007

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) Celebrates National Tourism Week, May 12-20, 2007

GPTMC Presents Latest Leisure Tourism Trends, Launches Tut Treasure Trail, Debuts a New Podcast Tour and More

Both business and pleasure are on the agenda for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) during National Tourism Week (May 12-20), an annual Travel Industry Association of America commemoration themed “Travel & Tourism: America’s Front Door” for 2007.

GPTMC kicked off the week on May 12 with the launch of the King Tut Treasure Tour and the debut of the Egypt-a-Delphia sand city at Franklin Square. The National Tourism Week recognition continues on May 15 when GPTMC presents its annual report to the regional hospitality community, entitled Tourism 2007: Report to the Industry. In addition, GPTMC will debut a

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May 11 2007

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation Releases Annual Report During National Tourism Week

Tourism 2007: Report to the Industry Looks Back at 2006 and Previews What’s Next

On May 15, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) will release its annual report, entitled Tourism 2007: Report to the Industry, to members of the regional tourism and hospitality industry. Distribution of the 42-page report, themed “Marketing Gets Personal,” coincides with National Tourism Week (May 12-20) and GPTMC’s annual event, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

Tourism 2007: Report to the Industry focuses on the personalization of GPTMC’s marketing efforts and reveals the latest statistics on regional leisure tourism. The report includes information about the following:

  • Strategic Plan: GPTMC’s plan for marketing Philadelphia
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May 11 2007

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation Partners with Four Major Corporations to Extend Marketing Messages

Bank of America, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, PECO Wind and American Express All On Board

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) today announced new partnerships with four major corporations: Bank of America, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, PECO Wind and American Express.

“With new tourism initiatives under way and on the horizon, it is important for GPTMC to extend its marketing messages,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, GPTMC. “These new partners and sponsors will help us do just that.”

Bank of America is the official sponsor of GPTMC’s annual event, where the tourism corporation will reveal the latest statistics on regional leisure tourism and release its annual report to the industry. This year’s event, themed “Marketing

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May 8 2007

10 Must-Dos in Philly This Weekend and Next

Check Out Gophila.com For Events May 11-20, 2007

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia each weekend need look no further than gophila.com. The region’s official tourism Web site will provide the lowdown on all of the weekend must-dos throughout the summer. For those looking to spend their weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a coupon book with special offers at 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what’s going on from May 11-20, 2007:

Through May 13, 2007:

  • The Scoop on Poop. Visitors are invited to listen
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May 8 2007

Only in Philly: A Royal AAA Hotel Package

New Hotel Package Combines King Tut And The Royal Ballet In Philadelphia

To celebrate two only in Philadelphia events this summer—an exclusive Royal Ballet engagement at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition at The Franklin Institute—the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) teamed up with the American Automobile Association (AAA) to create a special hotel package for visitors who want to see both blockbuster shows.

The Tut and Tutus hotel offer includes one night at the Sofitel Philadelphia or the Holiday Inn Historic District, two King Tut tickets and two tickets to Romeo and Juliet or Swan Lake. It

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May 4 2007

Behind The Design

uwishunu™ Hip Hotel Room Makeover At The Westin Philadelphia

RJ Thornburg, Designer
www.bahdeebahdu.com

A self-proclaimed “fabulist,” RJ Thornburg tells stories through design. One of Philadelphia’s most sought-after residential interior designers, he once made thousands of design dreams come true for Disney and a host of other corporate clients before going gallery-side. Now, as co-owner with Warren Muller of bahdeebahdu in Philadelphia’s Old City, Thornburg displays an eclectic mix of art and art-furniture, both functional and purely ornamental. Here, interior design meets installations, light sculptures and fantastical exhibitions.

For the uwishunu™ room at The Westin, Thornburg latched onto the campaign’s ideas of “a new way to stay” and “stay like

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May 3 2007

10 Must-Dos in Philly This Weekend, May 4-6, 2007

Check Out Gophila.com To Plan Your Trip And Book Your Stay

Visitors and residents looking for fun in Philadelphia this weekend should look no further than gophila.com. The Philadelphia region’s official tourism Web site will offer 10 things to do each weekend throughout the summer. For those looking to spend the weekend close to the action, the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and a coupon book with special offers at 60 area attractions, restaurants and shops. Here’s a look at what to do the weekend of May 4 in the Philadelphia region:

Through May 5, 2007:

  • Philadelphia International Children’s Festival: Held
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May 2 2007

Philly Launches New Web TV Series

24 Episodes Show How To Have Fun In Philly On $50 A Day

Those with a free afternoon and fifty bucks in their pocket can experience a different side of Philadelphia thanks to a new Web TV series airing weekly on philebrity.tv and uwishunu.com. Providing under-the-radar Philly finds on eating, drinking, music, culture and more, the insider blog, uwishunu.com, is launching the 24-episode Cheap Dates series in partnership with Philebrity on May 3, 2007.

Each Web-TV episode of Cheap Dates will reveal a place to drink and eat; a public space, activity or event; and shops, all within a small, walkable Philly neighborhood. A uwishunu.com blog post will complement each episode, outlining the

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Apr 25 2007

Geo-Caching in on King Tut in Philadelphia

First-Ever, Free Philly Scavenger Hunt And Tour

Philadelphia is launching the King Tut Treasure Tour, a geocaching trail and scavenger hunt connecting 12 Egyptian-themed sites in the city. The launch coincides with National Tourism Week (May 12-20, 2007) and awards prizes for the top finishers. The free game is just one component of the city’s king-sized celebration in honor of the boy king. Created by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), the activity runs from May 12 through September 30, 2007, the last day of the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation, at The Franklin Institute Science Museum.

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Apr 23 2007

Save the Date: Find Out Why Philly's More Fun on May 15, 2007

GPTMC Partners With Bank Of America During National Tourism Week To Present Latest Trends In Leisure Tourism

On May 15, 2007, during National Tourism Week (May 12-20, 2007), the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) will present its annual report to the regional tourism and hospitality industry. This year’s report, entitled Tourism 2007: Report to the Industry, will focus on the personalization of GPTMC’s marketing efforts and reveal the latest statistics on regional leisure tourism. The event, sponsored by Bank of America, begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

“The investment made in the tourism industry over the last several years is paying off. We now have many ways to tell potential

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Apr 17 2007

Philadelphia's Gay Friendly Event Equality Forum Honors Martina Navratilova

MAC Cosmetics to Receive International Award as well

Martina Navratilova will receive the 12th Annual International Role Model Award, and M•A•C Cosmetics will receive the 5th Annual International Business Leadership Award at Equality Forum 2007. The awards will be presented at the International Equality Dinner on May 5 at the National Constitution Center in Independence National Historical Park. To learn more about gay Philadelphia, visit www.gophila.com/gay.
 

Navratilova, the holder of more tennis championships than any other player in history, is being honored for her work on behalf of the GLBT community. “To say I am honored is more than an understatement—amazing what one can

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Apr 13 2007

What's New in Philadelphia and the Countryside™?

Spring 2007 And Beyond

Spring/Summer 2007:
Uwishunu How To Explore Philly Like A Local
uwishunu.com, Philly’s new insider blog providing the deal from real Philadelphians on eating, drinking, music, culture and more, is giving travelers a new way to stay overnight in the city. Ten hotels have signed up to offer the new hotel experience, called Philly Like A Local, now bookable on uwishunu.com, gophila.com or by calling the hotels directly. Amenities include a late check out; shopping, dining and nightlife privileges; a uwishunu™ temporary tattoo collection and notebook, along with additional goodies. The package is part of uwishunu™ (“you wish you

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Apr 12 2007

Historic Philadelphia Stays Active From Day Into Night

Family-Friendly Fun And Trendy Clubs Combine To Satisfy All Interests

As dusk settles over Historic Philadelphia, the area situated between Front and 7th Streets and Race and Spruce Streets gets revved up for after-hours fun, including family-friendly activities and 21-and-over entertainment. Below is a sampling of the evening pastimes that keep visitors entertained from dusk into the wee, small hours. Find more on the latest happenings, musical performances and theatrical offerings at www.gophila.com. And, for half-price tickets to arts and cultural events, visit www.phillyfunguide.com.

Family-friendly Activities:

  • 1776: Interactive Movie Musical – The whole family can star in Once Upon A Nation’s hysterical, historical classic film. Props
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Apr 4 2007

Equality Forum Celebrates 15th Anniversary at 2007 Symposium

Equality Forum will present the nation’s largest annual gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights forum from April 30 to May 6, 2007, with over 60 programs, parties, and special events. Equality Forum 2007, featuring the United Nations, celebrates the 15th anniversary of the organization, which has grown to become a national GLBT organization. Equality Forum also produces documentary films, GLBT History Month in October, and other high-impact educational initiatives.

Kevin Ray, Chair of the Board of Directors, commented, “We are proud to mark Equality Forum’s 15th anniversary. In the span of a decade and a half, the

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Apr 4 2007

Delaware River Port Authority Announces Return of Royal Caribbean and Norweigan Cruise Line for 2007 Cruise Season

New, Unique Pre- and Post-Cruise Packages Highlight Spring, Summer and Fall Sailings

Building upon the successful 2006 cruise season, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) announced today that Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will return to the Port of Philadelphia and Camden in 2007. From May through October there will be a combined total of 20 sailings to Bermuda.

This year promises to deliver an even greater vacation experience for passengers sailing from Philadelphia. The Port of Philadelphia is again partnering with both cruise lines to offer special pre- and post-cruise packages. Norwegian Cruise Line passengers can purchase the FreeStyle Philly package; and Royal Caribbean passengers can take

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Mar 26 2007

Philly's More Fun...When You Celebrate the Fourth of July

A Dozen Ways To Celebrate The Red, White And Blue In The Nation's Birthplace

 

Really, where better to celebrate America’s birthday than in the city where it all began? New attractions throughout Independence Mall provide visitors with expanded access and unprecedented opportunities to mark the nation’s anniversary. But Sunoco Welcome America!, the week-long citywide birthday bash, is the real reason Philly’s more fun on the Fourth. Check out a dozen of the city’s Independence Day week festivities:

  1. Six Days of the Fourth – The Independence Visitor Center celebrates America’s independence with activities before and after the big day. For a behind-the-scenes look at what went on with the Founding Fathers, a Breakfast With
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