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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


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

Tagged: Events, Holidays
Mar 20 2007

Mayor John F. Street and Sunoco Welcome America! Announce 2007 Festival

Mayor John F. Street and Sunoco Welcome America! President and CEO Clifton Davis today announced the 2007 Sunoco Welcome America! Festival. With this year’s theme, Celebrate Freedom, the festival will offer world-class patriotic and historic venues and will highlight the best in American music, food and fun from June 28th to July 4th.

“We are proud to be the home of a freedom celebration with a 15-year tradition of providing free family entertainment as we pause to remember the founding of our country,” said Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street. “I invite people from all over our region, nation and


Tagged: Events, Holidays
Feb 6 2007

10 Reasons to Celebrate Black History Month in Philly

Plenty of February Happenings Give Tourists Another Reason to Sleep Over

Philadelphia celebrates African American history 365 days a year, but things really heat up in February when the region’s museums, arts and cultural organizations and historic sites recognize Black History Month. The 2007 celebration will be especially festive as Philly Noir, the latest SoundAboutPhilly podcast tour of Philadelphia, is released, offering an innovative way to explore the city.

The Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, available through April 9, 2007, makes it easy for visitors to immerse themselves in the region’s Black History Month festivities. The two-night package includes free parking, a coupon book and more. It is bookable by

Feb 5 2007

African American Calendar of Events

2007 Festivals, Exhibitions and Events in the Greater Philadelphia Region

Through February 25, 2007
This exhibition at the Rosenbach Museum and Library highlights and re-interprets materials from the museum’s collections related to African American history and literature. (215) 732-1600,

February 9-24, 2007
Join the residents of the legendary Catfish Row as they experience unabashed joy and staggering adversity in Gershwin’s triumph of drama and song performed by the Opera Company of Philadelphia at the Academy of Music. (215) 732-8400,

February 10-March 4, 2007
The Prince Music Theater presents the story of one of

Feb 5 2007

Philly's New Historic Projects Bring Emphasis to the Undertold Stories of African Americans

Two New Memorials And Two New Tours Announced

Over the next two years, new historical projects in Philadelphia will reveal untold chapters in the nation’s history and bring new emphasis to the undertold stories of African Americans. The President’s House Commemorative Site, to be erected just steps away from the Liberty Bell Center, will honor the enslaved Africans who lived in the first Executive Mansion, home of the nation’s first two presidents. At City Hall, a commissioned work of public art will pay tribute to the life of Octavius V. Catto, a prominent civil rights activist in Philadelphia. And, throughout Greater Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,

Jan 31 2007

Nearly 30 Experiences Found Only in Philly

Hands-On Philly Fun For All Interests

Food, Glorious Food:

  1. Can’t decide between the chocolate peanut butter martini, White Cosmo, Miami Sky, Red Hot Mary or the dozen-or-so other specialty drinks at Red Sky Restaurant and Lounge? Now, guests don’t have to. They can order up to four different carafes, which contain two glasses each of whatever mixed drinks they desire, priced at a special rate, depending on the drink. Garnished with Hershey’s Kisses, flavored sugars and other exotic additions, carafes are a great way to please everyone’s taste while saving money on the regular drink price. 224 Market Street, (215) 925-8080,
  2. If committing to
Jan 31 2007

Tut Road Show Takes to the Streets of Philly

Special Trolley Offers Visitors an Easy, Affordable Ride to Tut Exhibitions

That 3,347-year-old boy king sure gets around! King Tut’s image, peering off the back of a passenger trolley, will be a new fixture on Philadelphia streets as the Tut Trolley launches on February 3, 2007, just in time for the opening of the Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation, at The Franklin Institute. Funded by the city’s hotels, the trolley will offer visitors a convenient ride between key tourist landmarks (Independence Visitor Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Embassy Suites Hotel) and venues hosting Egypt-related exhibitions, including The


Tagged: Events
Jan 23 2007

King Tut En Español

Duerma Como Un Rey En Filadelfia

¡Atención! Esta es la última oportunidad de deleitarse con la Exhibición Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (Tutankamón y la Era Dorada de los Faraones) presentada por Mellon Financial Corporation. Filadelfia es la última parada del Faraón (y la única en la costa este) en su gira dentro de los Estados Unidos. Para la comodidad de los turistas hemos creado un Paquete de Hotel llamado King Tut (Rey Tutankamón) que incluye dos boletos VIP para visitar el museo cuando lo deseen durante el horario de la exhibición. The Franklin Institute (El Instituto Franklin) presentará este majestuoso evento desde


Tagged: Events
Jan 23 2007

Sleep Like a King in Philadelphia

Hotel Package Offers Two Tickets To Tut Any Time

Last chance, last chance! That thought will run through a million minds as people from all 50 states make travel plans to Philadelphia to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation. And, ticketing for out-of-towners couldn’t be easier. Two un-timed, VIP tickets come with every booking of the King Tut Hotel Package. (That means visitors can see the show at anytime during exhibition hours.) Philly is the final (and only East Coast) stop of the pharaoh’s current North American tour. The Franklin Institute will host the blockbuster show, on view February 3

Dec 20 2006

What's New in Philadelphia and The Countryside

Winter 2007 And Beyond

Winter 2007:
Philly Overnight® Hotel Package Returns For Fifth Year
Just in time for winter, the Philly’s More Fun When You Sleep Over® campaign returns, and with it comes the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. Available until April 9, 2007, the package includes two-night accommodations, free parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and the Philly’s Sleepover Savings Coupon Book with discounts at area attractions, restaurants and shops. The package is now bookable at

Go Golden: Philadelphia Celebrates Tut
Philadelphia coronates the grandest King Tut exhibition to hit the United States in a quarter-century on February 3,


Tagged: Winter
Dec 19 2006

Ring in the New Year at One of Philly's Famed BYOB Restaurants

BYOC (Bring Your Own Champagne) For New Year’s Eve Dinner At A BYOB

In-the-know Philadelphians (and frequent visitors) have a secret for ringing in the New Year in style without breaking the bank: Dine at a cozy BYOB restaurant. Short for “bring your own bottle,” BYOBs are an integral part of the region’s booming dining scene. Every other night of the year, patrons sip self-selected chardonnays and cabernets. On December 31, however, they’ll be toting chilled champagne to their favorite neighborhood BYOBs. Typically petite and run by chef-owners, these bar-free bistros range from classic French to tropical vegetarian, with a heavy concentration on Italian and contemporary American cuisines. Here’s a look at what’s


Tagged: BYOBs, Holidays
Dec 12 2006

2007 Annual and Blockbuster Events in the Philadelphia Region

Events Not To Miss In 2007

Art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs and sports fans will find a year packed beginning to end with festivals, sporting events, art shows, parades and cultural events in Philadelphia. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2007:

January 2007

  • Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching up Broad Street in the festive day-long Mummers Parade that ends with the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1, 2007. (215) 965-7676,
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and the James A. Michener Art Museum present Daniel Garber: Romantic Realist. Comprising nearly

Tagged: Events
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

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


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


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

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


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


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.