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May 24 2017

2016 Shows Record Visitation Again To Greater Philadelphia

Five-County Region Welcomed 42 Million Visitors Last Year

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announced yesterday that Greater Philadelphia—that’s Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties—welcomed 42 million domestic visitors in 2016. This marks the seventh consecutive year for record visitation and a 2.4% increase over 2015. Of those 42 million visitors, 37 million (88%) visited for a leisure purpose. More details appear in VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s annual report, downloadable at visitphilly.com/annualreport.

“Since 1997, Philadelphia has become a better destination—with investments in the region’s attractions, art, history, culture and parks—all of which have been amplified by consistent marketing,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “Today, Philadelphia is a

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Jun 14 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Reports Record Visitation To Region In 2015

Another Record: $10.7 Billion In Economic Impact For The Year

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® today announced the sixth straight year for record visitation to the five-county region: 41 million domestic visitors in 2015, with 88% here for a leisure purpose. The year also brought record highs for tourism’s economic impact, which came in at $10.7 billion for the year.

“Each year, more people visit Philadelphia, more people stay overnight and more people find reasons to visit every month of the year, not just during the warm-weather months or for big events,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “They’re also spending more while they’re here, and that’s a major plus

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Jun 3 2016

Memorial Day Weekend Breaks Records For Center City Hotels

Crowds In Historic Philadelphia, Special Events & Exhibitions & Great Weather Played A Part

Center City hotels were full this Memorial Day weekend with both Saturday and Sunday seeing the highest occupancies for those nights in at least a decade.

Overall Weekend Hotel Occupancy:

  • Friday: 82.8% (+5% from 2015 when occupancy was at 78.5%, source: Smith Travel Research)
  • Saturday: 98.0% (+1.4% from 2015 when occupancy was at 96%, source: Smith Travel)
  • Sunday 93.4% (+21.1% from 2015 when occupancy was at 77%, source: Travel Click 2016)

“Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer tourism season, and what a great one it was for Philadelphia thanks to so many factors in Historic Philadelphia and

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Mar 23 2016

A Tale Of Two Host Cities: Philadelphia And Cleveland Put On 2016 Political Conventions

While presidential candidates are going head-to-head in heated discourse, the great American cities of Philadelphia and Cleveland are pushing political banter aside to ready themselves for the national spotlight as they host the Democratic National Convention (July 25-28) and Republican National Convention (July 18-21), respectively. Cleveland’s last political convention was the 1936 RNC; that same year, Philadelphia welcomed the DNC. The cities will be part of history again in 2016.

Both destinations have a loyal fan base; residents love their respective city’s arts and culture, history, music and food, and visitors clamor over much of the same. Here’s a look

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Dec 22 2015

Record Hotel Occupancy And Leisure Room Bookings In Center City Philadelphia In 2015

3.1 Million Hotel Room Nights Account For 77% Occupancy

Center City Philadelphia is on track to close 2015 with record hotel occupancy. The leisure travel segment—those who come to Philadelphia for fun trips and getaways—is a major contributor to these milestones.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:
Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is projected to hit a record 77.4% in 2015, up from 75.5% in 2014. Travelers from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms, another record.

“People are coming for Philadelphia—the destination itself is the reason to visit, and travelers are doing it more and more every year,” said Meryl Levitz, president and

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Dec 23 2014

2014: A Record Year For Leisure Visitation In Philadelphia

Philadelphia On Track For Busiest Year For Hotels Since 1949 & Highest-Ever Weekend Occupancy

Center City Philadelphia is on track to close 2014 with record hotel occupancy and the best Friday and Saturday occupancies to date. The leisure travel segment—those who come to Philadelphia for fun vacations and getaways—is a major contributor to these milestones.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 76%:
Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is projected to hit 76%—the city’s highest since 1949. Travelers from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms. (Source: PKF Consulting)

Leisure: The Segment That Loves Philadelphia Back:
Leisure is on track to close out a record year in 2014. In Center

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Oct 8 2014

Summer Brings In Big Business For Philadelphia Hotels

Saturday Night Occupancy At Center City Hotels Tops Previous Years

This summer brought in big business for Center City, Philadelphia hotels, with overall occupancy topping out at 79.5%—the highest it has been since 2008. And weekend occupancy, a heavy travel time for leisure visitors, continues to soar. Hotels enjoyed record occupancy on Saturday nights (90.9%), and Friday occupancy (82.6%) matched last summer, showing that travelers are eager to get their weekends started.

“Many people thought that hotel occupancy would be down in Philadelphia this summer because we didn’t have major events like the U.S. Open golf tournament,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “But we

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Mar 14 2011

14 Philadelphia Accolades To Start 2011

City Wins National Praise For Its Food, Beer, Hotels, Events & More

Only three months into the new year, Greater Philadelphia’s restaurants, hotels, events, beer and more are racking up all kinds of accolades from major national publications, websites and blogs. Calling the city “romantic” and “underrated,” Philadelphia has won praise for its top-notch children’s museum (Please Touch Museum®), its must-see annual events (Philadelphia International Flower Show), its mouth-watering sandwiches (Koja and Paesano’s) and much more. Here’s a look at 14 accolades making headlines so far this year:

The City Itself:

  1. In its March issue, Travel + Leisure listed Philadelphia in its “World’s Most Underrated
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Mar 20 2009

GPTMC’s gophila.com Generated $5.5 Million In Hotel Revenue Thanks To Travelocity Partnership

New More User-friendly Booking Engine Debuts To Kick Off Third Year Of Partnership

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) gophila.com and Travelocity are celebrating a two-year partnership that has generated more than 17,000 reservations, 28,600 room nights and $5.5 million in room revenue. The third year of the partnership marks the debut of a new look and new technology that makes the booking engine on the region’s official tourism Web site even more user friendly with easier-to-view hotel results; more photos, videos and interactive maps; and fewer clicks for hotel reservation completion.

What’s more, the partnership with Travelocity enables GPTMC to have more than 20 booking tools strategically placed throughout gophila.com,

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Apr 11 2008

Like A Local Hotel Package Books 1,332 Room Nights

In The Second Year, Package Includes CD To Help Visitors Listen Like Locals

The Philly Like A Local hotel package, one component of a program designed to provide the real deal from real Philadelphians on eating, drinking, music and culture, proved to be a success in year one, generating 1,332 room nights in its first 10 months and an estimated income of $475,000 for participating hotels. The package will be available for a second year at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, the Loews Philadelphia, Park Hyatt at the Bellevue, The Rittenhouse Hotel, The Hilton Inn at Penn and the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, and it will include a newly compiled all-Philly music CD. The hotel

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Jul 22 2008

Three-Day Fourth Of July Weekend Filled Philadelphia Hotels

Leisure Visitors, A Dozen Weddings And Sporting Events Sent Hotel Occupancy Past 80%

Wedding bells, the Liberty Bell and a three-day Fourth of July weekend has the hospitality industry still celebrating Independence Day. According to the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) and the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association (GPHA), Philadelphia hotel occupancy soared to 87% on Friday, July 4, and visitors stayed the weekend with occupancy at 81% on Saturday, July 5. This marks the second year in a row for Fourth of July success for Philadelphia hotels. Last year, a city-wide convention propelled Philadelphia hotel occupancy to 82%.

“Our member hotels are crediting this year’s stellar occupancy to a strong mix of

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