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Dec 11 2006

Philly Goes Red, White, Blue and Green for 2007 Flower Show

Many Ways For Visitors To Catch The Erin Go Bragh Spirit In Philly

With its "Legends of Ireland"; theme, the Philadelphia Flower Show will be even greener than usual in 2007. Taking place March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the show will weave bits of Irish lore, legends, entertainment and arts and crafts throughout the many displays.

After passing through the ferns, flowers, mythical creatures and Irish mists of Ealain Woods, visitors will enter Tir-Na-Nog, the land of the young, and the Knot Garden, shimmering with crystals, flowers, waterfalls and Celtic banners. Set amid the turrets, towers and ancient stone work of the Castle of the Emerald Kingdom will be a stage

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Dec 5 2006

Philly's More Fun When You Sleep Over® – On New Year's Eve

Make It A Long Weekend And Ring In The New Year In Philadelphia

Nobody celebrates the New Year like Philadelphia. The long holiday weekend is loaded with options to help ring in 2007 the right way. As always, revelers can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Penn’s Landing or catch the Mummers Parade along Broad Street on New Year’s Day. This year, they can also take in a performance of Phantom of the Opera or enjoy a top-notch dinner at one of the more than 200 bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurants in town. With so much to see and do, sleeping over is a must. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation offers tips

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Tagged: Holidays
Nov 28 2006

Rosie O’Donnell's R Family Vacations Set Sail for Philly…Without the Ship!

Famous For Cruise Ship Charters, R Family Announces Gay-friendly Weekend In U.S. City

R Family Vacations and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) are proud to announce the “R Family Philly Weekend,” March 10-11, 2007. This excursion marks the first time the acclaimed vacation company has offered a family-friendly, gay-friendly getaway in a city. Packages, which go on sale on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, include luxury hotel accommodations and day and evening activities.

“I am thrilled that R Family Vacations is offering its very first land-based vacation,” said Kelli O’Donnell, the company’s co-founder. “A trip to Philadelphia is a great way to inspire your family to affect the future by learning the

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Tagged: LGBT
Nov 17 2006

Five Years Later, Philly Overnight® Hotel Package is Still the Best Deal in Town

Package Includes Parking And Coupon Book To Help Visitors Dine And Play Better

Travelers just love it! The Philly Overnight® Hotel Package returns for the fifth straight year and just in time for the winter holiday season. Created to boost tourism in the wake of September 11, 2001, the package is now a resident and visitor favorite thanks to its affordability and irresistible amenities. The free parking alone can save hotel guests up to $36 per day.

Available at nearly 40 hotels throughout the region from November 17, 2006 through April 9, 2007, the package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and the Philly’s Sleepover Savings Coupon Book with

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Nov 13 2006

Thanksgiving Weekend Marks 30th Anniversary of Rocky

Long Weekend Is Perfect Time To Get Re-Inspired By Philly’s Favorite Underdog

Thanksgiving weekend 2006 marks the 30th anniversary of Rocky, the 1976 Academy Award-winning film that led to a movie empire and more than $496 million dollars in U.S. box office sales alone. Each day, Philadelphia locals and visitors run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, pump their fists in the air and sing that memorable Rocky theme song, “Gonna Fly Now,” in tribute to the beloved movie hero. The long holiday weekend is the perfect time for fans of the film to get re-inspired by Philly’s favorite underdog by watching one or all five of

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Nov 9 2006

Philly Has “Golden” Opportunity as Tut’s Last Stop in U.S.

City Hotels, Restaurants and Shops Prepare for Record Number of Visitors

A celebration of all-things Egyptian is now underway in Philadelphia, and today the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) unveiled a $1 million marketing plan to promote the destination and its all-important sleep-over message. The centerpiece of the city’s king-sized celebration, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation, will run from February 3 through September 30, 2007 at The Franklin Institute, the last stop on its current North American tour.

Philadelphia’s coup to become the official last stop and only Northeast city to host the popular exhibition will pay off as the show

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Nov 8 2006

Tickets On Sale For 'Tutankhamun And The Golden Age Of Pharaohs,’ Opening At The Franklin Institute Science Museum In February 2007

Tickets for the final venue on the current U.S. tour of “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at The Franklin Institute will become available for public purchase beginning at 10 a.m. EST today, Wednesday, Nov. 8. The exhibition marks the first time artifacts from King Tut's tomb will visit Philadelphia.


Organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions, and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, the exhibition will visit The Franklin Institute Feb. 3 through Sept. 30, 2007. Mellon Financial Corporation is the presenting sponsor and PECO is the associate sponsor in Philadelphia.

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Oct 25 2006

Holidays Are Happy Days In Philadelphia

Refreshing Recreation And Toasty Treats Make The Season Special

Whether it’s the bite of crisp winter air or the coziness of a warm drink shared with friends, Philadelphia is home to hundreds of places that help make the holidays special. Centuries-old traditions mingle with modern day delights, making Philly the place to learn, sample, admire and celebrate this season. There’s no better way to do that than during a long weekend stay in the region. Hotel packages are bookable at www.gophila.com.
 

All About Christmas:

  • Peddler’s Village always dresses up and throws a party during holidays throughout the year, and the winter season is no exception. November brings
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Tagged: Holidays
Sep 28 2006

Philly Gets Ready for a King-Sized Egyptian Celebration

Hotels, Restaurants and Attractions Make Royal Preparations to Welcome a Million Visitors

More than 3,000 years after his death, ancient Egyptian boy pharaoh King Tutankhamun is about to rule once again: this time his empire consists of Philadelphia and The Countryside™, and his reign will last not a decade, but seven months, from February 3 through September 30, 2007. The landmark exhibition, entitled Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation, is making Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute the last stop on its North American tour. To welcome Tut, his royal family and the record-setting number of visitors who will visit the exhibition, leaders from the cultural, educational

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Sep 28 2006

Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton to Receive 2006 Liberty Medal at National Constitution Center

First Liberty Medal to be administered by the National Constitution Center, and first award to be personally received by both Presidents

Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton – who joined forces, transcending partisan and political differences to do what's best for the country and the world through their Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and Bush-Clinton Tsunami partnership – will be presented with the 2006 Liberty Medal. The Presidents, who are credited with raising more than $1 billion to support disaster relief and recovery organizations, will accept the Medal and its accompanying $100,000 prize on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Independence National Historical Park, in what will be the first Liberty Medal award given

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Tagged: History
Sep 26 2006

Egypt Mania Means More than Mummers in Philly

10 Ways Visitors Can Immerse Themselves in Philadelphia’s Egyptian Side

With one million visitors expected to tour Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs – the landmark exhibition making its final North American stop at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute from February 3, 2006 until September 30, 2007 – Philadelphia’s attractions, restaurants and shops are ready to welcome patrons to the area’s many long-standing Egypt-related sites. While it’s true that dozens of establishments are designing Tut-specific specials to honor the exhibition, many others offer a taste of Egypt year-round. Whether visitors have 30 minutes to spare before the exhibition, a few hours to spare after the show or an entire weekend

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Tagged: Arts & Culture
Sep 15 2006

From Parades to Poetry Readings: Philly Gears Up for Hispanic Heritage Month

Ranging From Large To Small, All Activities Focus On Community

A major art exhibition, a Puerto Rican dance party and grassroots community events are all in the works for Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, taking place September 15 to October 15, 2006. Those wishing to experience the culture and charisma of the city’s lively Latino community will find plenty of activities to choose from throughout the month. Here’s what’s in store:

  • In honor of the growing Hispanic influence in the city, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will host Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts of Latin America, 1492-1820, from September 20 to December 31. This national exhibition brings together more than
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Tagged: Arts & Culture
Aug 31 2006

"Philly Loves Rocky Week" Honors Sly Stallone

A Week of Rocky-Themed Events Mark Film’s 30th Anniversary

Thirty years after director/writer/actor Sylvester Stallone’s famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as Rocky Balboa in the 1976 Academy Award-winning film, the city is gearing up to celebrate the movie’s anniversary and the upcoming release of the series’ last installment with “Philly Loves Rocky Week,” running September 6-9, 2006. All events are free, except the Hero Thrill Show, which raises money for the education of survivors of police and fire personnel killed in the line of duty. Here’s a look at what’s going on:

All events are subject to change.

September 6, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.

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Tagged: Events
Aug 24 2006

Haunted Philly: A Little Bit Scary And A Whole Lot Of Fun

Discovering Some Of The Philadelphia Region’s Spookiest Spots

Ghosts and goblins are nothing new to Philadelphia and The Countryside™, an area known for historic sites, colonial-era graveyards and centuries-old buildings, some dating back to pre-Revolutionary War times. What many people don’t know is that many of the original residents of historic Philadelphia never left town. The area is among America’s most fun haunted destinations, a region rich with colorful ghostly lore. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s scariest spots:

Haunted Hotels :

  • The charming, antiques-filled Bucksville House Bed & Breakfast has several guests who never checked out. Presences have been confirmed in at least one of the inn’s guest
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Tagged: Fall
Aug 18 2006

Philadelphia's "Gayborhood:" An Up-And-Coming Gay Destination

History, Culture And Nightlife Are Among The Enticements For Gay And Lesbian Travelers

As shown by its high-profile ad campaign, "Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay," and resulting coverage on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN and other national media, Philadelphia has officially "come out" as a gay-friendly travel destination. The region is the place to learn about what it means to be an American by day and a gay American by night. Here, you'll find all the ingredients for a fabulous weekend getaway: a hot restaurant scene, great shopping, lively bars, clubs and cafes and a nine-block "gayborhood," as well as rich cultural attractions and historic sites.

Arts,

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Tagged: LGBT
Aug 4 2006

Top 10 Holiday Gifts In Philly Have One Thing In Common: They're Vintage

Those looking to give truly unique gifts this holiday season will find plenty of inspiration in Philadelphia, where vintage finds are easy to come by. Across the city, fashion-conscious and environmentally aware shop owners offer the coolest in reconstructed, reformed and recycled merchandise and ensure that their client’s purchases stand out from the rest of the holiday gift pack. Here’s a look at the top 10 finds in town:

  • Exotic Finds with Restored Purpose: The 70,000-square-foot warehouse housing Material Culture is a best-kept secret among area shoppers. The sprawling East Falls treasure trove offers, among salvaged Indonesian architectural elements
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Tagged: Holidays, Shopping
Aug 4 2006

Philly Fosters Plenty of Ways to Stay Fit Over the Holiday Season

Ice Skating, Rock Climbing and Disc Golfing Will Help Keep Extra Pounds Off

Those determined to keep those few extra pounds at bay during the tempting holiday season that runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day have plenty of options for staying fit while visiting friends and family in Philadelphia and The Countryside™. The city and region have loads of fun, unique and inspiring opportunities to move those muscles and make sure those pants still fit when 2007 rolls around. Here’s how:

  • An invigorating run during a visit to Philadelphia might be the best way to absorb all of the sights. The city’s popular eight-mile “Loop” takes runners past picturesque Boathouse Row, the
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Aug 1 2006

What's New in Philadelphia and The Countryside

Fall 2006/Winter 2007

Fall 2006 :

Philadelphia-Themed Podcasts Downloadable This Fall At A Computer Near You
Want to know where to snag of-the-moment vintage clothes in Philly? Ever considered that you might have been a traitor—not a patriot—in the Revolutionary War? Looking for the best Vietnamese food in the Italian Market? With funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) is creating a series of free, completely mapped and customizable downloadable audio tours to answer these questions and more. Come September, visitors—or anyone interested in the region—can listen to these tours at their home computers or on their

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Tagged: Events
Jul 14 2006

Philadelphia Tourism Office Announces Two Promotions

Jeff Guaracino and Angela Patterson Move Up The Ranks At GPTMC

Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) President and CEO Meryl Levitz today announced two promotions. Jeff Guaracino has been promoted from director of regional communications to vice president of communications, and Angela Patterson has been appointed to oversee the newly expanded tourism department as vice president of tourism.

In his new position, Guaracino manages national and regional communications, the visiting journalist program, content development and corporate communications. He also oversees programs that reach out to niche markets, including African American, Hispanic, gay and lesbian and Canadian. Guaracino joined GPTMC in 2001.

As vice president of tourism, Patterson is charged with

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Jul 12 2006

Survey Says: One Out of Every Two People in Downtown Philadelphia Were Tourists During Fourth of July Weekend

Historic Sites And Special Events Combine For Memorable Weekend

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) surveyed 1,022 people from July 1-4, 2006 and learned that half of all people who were downtown at historic attractions or attending Sunoco Welcome America! events were visiting from outside the five-county Philadelphia region. The survey also revealed that the city’s historic attractions were the primary reason for the visit over the national holiday.

“More tourists were in Philadelphia for the holiday than expected,” said Deborah Diamond, Ph.D, GPTMC director of research. “The survey confirms that history is a huge part of Philadelphia’s appeal to tourists, but it also shows that our visitors

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Tagged: Events