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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.



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

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

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


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


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


Tagged: Events
Jun 21 2006

Backgrounder: Biking

Biking in Philadelphia and The Countryside: From Serious to Seriously Scenic

With more than 200 miles of bike lanes in the city and 100 miles of off-road trails, bicycling is one of the most popular ways to experience Philadelphia and The Countryside™. It’s no surprise that Philadelphia is consistently rated among the top five big cities for cycling by publications such as Bicycling Magazine. Locals treasure the region’s extensive trail systems, and visitors come here for cycling events, most notably the Commerce Bank Philadelphia International Championship (formerly the International Pro Cycling Championship) and the annual Covered Bridges Ride in Bucks County.

Recreational Biking:
New amenities are making it easier for


Tagged: Outdoors
Jun 5 2006

Timothy J. Leiweke

President & CEO, AEG

One of today’s true leaders in the professional sports and entertainment industry, Timothy J. Leiweke serves as President & CEO of AEG, a collection of companies owned or operated by the organization considered to be one of the world’s leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming.

Now in his ninth year with the organization, Leiweke has acquired or merged more than 40 divisions and companies whose alliances create a global live entertainment organization capable of developing, producing, promoting, marketing and managing sports and entertainment programming in both facilities owned and operated by AEG as well as other venues. AEG divisions


Jun 3 2006

Tutankhamun Biography

Tutankhamun was one of the last kings of Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. Though he appears to have been a minor king and made only modest contributions to the Egyptian empire, he lives large in modern archaeology.

Very little is known about his life because he was the son of Akhenaten, a pharaoh who was declared a heretic (he introduced a new religion, the worship of Aten, banned other gods and shut down temples), and records mentioning him and his successors were destroyed by officials.

Tutankhamun was born around 1343 B.C. in the Egyptian city of Akhetan, now known as Amarna. His


Mar 15 2006

Philly's More Fun When You Sleep Over® This Summer

Blockbuster Events Make Philadelphia The Hottest Destination To Visit In Summer 2006

Philly’s always “more fun when you sleep over,” but it will be especially fun this summer as the city packs the warm-weather months with a host of blockbuster events, including the return of Cirque du Soleil, a brand new installation at the Philadelphia Zoo and America’s birthday celebration on the Fourth of July. The popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, now bookable at, will return on June 23 just in time for the summer festivities and be available through September 16. Here’s a look at some of the season’s biggest happenings:

  • Summer 2006 is all about Elmo, as

Tagged: Family, Summer
Mar 8 2006

Bank of America Big Cat Falls At the Philadelphia Zoo

Big Cats are Back in May 2006!

Big cats are back in May 2006 with the opening of the Philadelphia Zoo’s new, $20 million Bank of America Big Cat Falls! This new Zoo experience will create a stunning landscape of lush habitats and waterfalls where guests will come face to face with nearly 20 endangered big cats from around the world, including three new playful snow leopard cubs, three adorable new puma kittens and a beautiful new black jaguar cub. Visit them now, before they grow up!

Exhibit Facts

After nearly a decade, the Zoo will once again feature pumas, also known as cougars or mountain


Tagged: Events, Family
Mar 8 2006

Philadelphia Engagement Of Disney's The Lion King Extended Into September!

Tickets for Performances August 15 through September 10 at the Academy of Music Go on Sale Sunday, March 5 at 9AM

Due to popular demand, Disney Theatrical Productions and Kimmel Center Presents Cadillac Broadway at the Academy have extended the Philadelphia engagement of Disney’s THE LION KING through the summer of 2006 at the Academy of Music. Tickets for performances August 15 through September 10, 2006 will go on sale Sunday, March 5 at 9:00 a.m. Patrons can charge tickets by phone at 215-731-3333, online at, at the Kimmel Center box office (open daily 10 am to 6 pm) or at the Academy of Music box office during all Academy shows. Groups of 20 or more should call 215-790-5883.


Feb 1 2006

King Tut Arrives At Philadelphia's Franklin Institute In February 2007

Exhibition's Final Stop on U.S. Tour

When King Tut’s treasures toured the U.S. from 1976-1979, nearly eight million Americans viewed the rare artifacts during sold-out tours at each museum in which they appeared. The exhibition was a must-see and had a tremendous impact on every city it visited, solidifying that the world’s first true “blockbuster exhibition” had arrived.

Since June 2005, when King Tut’s treasures returned to the U.S. for a four-city tour for the first time in 26 years, the response has been equally impressive. More than 1.6 million people have seen the exhibit in its first two stops in Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale


Tagged: Events
Jan 9 2006

Philadelphia Celebrates Black History 365 Days A Year

Events Really Heat Up In February, Giving Tourists Another Reason To Stay Overnight

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 pull out all the stops for Black History Month. The 2006 celebration will be especially festive as the African American Museum in Philadelphia kicks off its 30th anniversary year and opera star Denyce Graves performs in the East Coast premiere of Margaret Garner. Here are just a few of the month’s highlights:

Performing Arts:

  • Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves stars in the East Coast premiere of Margaret Garner, the Opera
Dec 28 2005

Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress In Philly For 50th Anniversary Show

Three Fashion Exhibits & Tax-Free Clothing Shopping Make For A Great Spring Weekend

In celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will display Fit for a Princess: Grace Kelly’s Wedding Dress, featuring the bride’s dress, shoes, headpiece, veil and prayer book, April 1 through May 21, 2006. The installation of the Philadelphia native’s wedding accoutrements is one of three spring shows in the region that reflect changing tastes in fashion.

In addition to the Grace Kelly display, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is featuring an exhibition that details the evolution of women’s garments from the 1750s to the 1830s. Closing

Nov 28 2005

A Very Philly New Year

Ring In 2006 In Philadelphia and Its Countryside™

Nobody does New Year’s like Philadelphia. Just ask the thousands of people watching the Mummers strut up Broad Street on the first day of every year. Add the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks on Penn’s Landing, a first-rate meal, a dose of rock and roll and a luxurious hotel package for a New Year’s weekend to remember. The following are just a few of the many options for revelers:

Weekend Hotel Packages:

  • Celebrate 2006 in high style with the Four Seasons Hotel’s "New Year’s Eve for Two on Logan Square." Overnight packages include admission to the hotel’s annual black-tie gala,

Tagged: Holidays
Nov 18 2005

Philadelphia's Famed BYOB Restaurants Celebrate New Year's Eve

BYOC (Bring Your Own Champagne) — And Save a Bundle

Philadelphia region diners have a secret for ringing in the New Year in style and 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. But on December 31, they’ll be toting 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 happening on


Tagged: BYOBs
Nov 16 2005

What's Happening In Gay Travel In Philadelphia For 2006?

Dance Parties, Drag Shows, Film Festivals And Pride Parades Make Philly Fabulous

Gay travelers to Philadelphia eager to get their "history straight" and “nightlife gay” will find an eclectic mix of fun and fabulous happenings throughout the year. Dance parties, drag shows, pride parades and cultural events are among the offerings for gay travelers in 2006-2007. And with the Philadelphia Freedom Hotel Package, sleeping over in Philadelphia is more fun than ever. For the most updated event information and to book a hotel package, visit

Ongoing Events Make Philly Fabulous Year-Round:

  • Sequins, high heels and divas abound at the Thursday Night Drag Show at Bob & Barbara's. This Philadelphia

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