November 8, 2015 |
Add it to the list of notable Philadelphia firsts. On Friday, Philly became the first U.S. municipality to gain the elite title of World Heritage City, joining the likes of Paris, Florence, Jerusalem, St. Petersburg, and Prague. Those who lobbied for the designation - which for months has seemed inevitable, and officially was approved at the World Heritage organization's general congress in Arequipa, Peru - call it a point of civic pride. But they stress that the title has tangible benefits, too, with the potential to draw hundreds of millions of dollars in tourism revenue, strengthen Philadelphia's international image, and open business connections with the 266 other World Heritage cities around the globe.
October 3, 1994 |
As co-chairman of Historic Philadelphia Inc., a nonprofit agency dedicated to making the most of Philadelphia's history, I believe economic stability can be nurtured with enhanced tourism. The proper use of tourism can help strengthen our fiscal health and lay the groundwork for a more vibrant economy. We need to recognize that tourism is Philadelphia's final frontier. The town criers and walking tours that Historic Philadelphia Inc. has begun in the historic sections represent one small step in a much larger journey.
July 1, 1986 |
Four weeks of fun and games provided by the World Cup failed to relieve Mexico of its national problems, experts said yesterday. As thousands of fans and journalists who spent June attending the soccer tournament began leaving Mexico City yesterday, business and financial analysts said the event had not lived up to expectations. The Confederation of National Chambers of Commerce said in a statement that tourism for the World Cup had failed to reach expected levels. The confederation noted that tourism had increased in June by only 11.7 percent over the same period last year, far less than had been predicted.
July 17, 2005 |
During a recent tourism consulting assignment in Almaty, Kazakhstan, which means "city of apples," I was quickly escorted to the Green Market, where I tasted the delicious fruit this city is known for. I also was invited to drink the local milk that is known as "kumys" and is fermented. The source of this milk is the mare, as in female horse. Perhaps due to the fermentation or the source itself, I began to feel a little tipsy, and soon experienced the magic of this land whose settlement stretches back to Paleolithic times.
May 15, 1998 |
No question that Maryanne Mebane got the call of the day: a woman who wanted information on how to elope in Philadelphia. This was just the kind of inquiry that Mebane and the other staffers pray for at the Convention and Visitors Bureau's "flying saucer" information center, 16th Street and JFK Boulevard. "This would involve an overnight stay," she explained. "Perhaps several. " Moreover, the prospective groom's preference was Las Vegas, a truly worthy opponent. Mebane sprang into action, spewing out phone numbers for the marriage license office in City Hall, the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and a church in Valley Forge National Historical Park she thought would be an ideal venue for such an event.
March 18, 2008 |
Gov. Rendell's office announded $5 million in funding to promote Pennsylvania tourism. The awards include $1.8 million for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. Other awards announced yesterday include: $400,000 for the Alleghenies region; $320,000 for the Northeast Mountains area; and $1.3 millin for the Pittsburgh region.
October 18, 2013 |
Youth sports tournaments have become the fastest growing sector of Bucks County's tourism industry, the county's tourism promotion agency announced Friday at its annual meeting. For instance, the Pony National Softball Championships were held on fields throughout Lower Bucks in July, attracting more than 10,000 people who booked more that 2,000 hotel rooms. The county also hosted the Patriot Games, a boys' lacrosse tournament, which drew the same amount of people. "Sometimes the biggest problem we have is getting enough fields," said Jerry Lepping, executive director of the Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
October 25, 1987 |
Longwood Gardens is fertilizing more than its soil these days; it's helping bring the area a large increase in tourism. By March, renovations on the Longwood Meeting House, owned by the Gardens, will have changed the historic Quaker site into a tourist center, which will be leased to the Chester County Tourist Bureau. Nearby, East Marlborough officials are talking to a hotel owner who wants to expand and to a New Jersey developer who wants to build a hotel. The Chester County Tourist Bureau talks to 2,500 to 3,000 people a year at an information desk it operates in the lobby of the Gardens site, according to Bea Harrison, director of group services and marketing at the bureau.
November 8, 1992 |
Travelers visiting Chester County spent $144 million in 1990, according to the latest figures available from the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce. The total was up 9 percent over 1989, the biggest increase in revenue from tourism in the five-county area that includes Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Lancaster Counties. Tourists and business travelers spent $3.2 billion in the five-county area in 1990. The increase was good news for the state and for Chester County, which collected more than $6.3 million in state tax receipts from the travel and tourism industry and more than $1.6 million in local tax receipts, according to Paul Daddario, head of the Chester County Tourist Bureau.
August 7, 1988 |
"YEEEOOOOOOOW. " Dance night at the Swallow Hotel. A lumbering, pasty-skinned Bulgarian pulled at the hand of a shy Vietnamese girl half his size, trying to get her to the dance floor. When she wouldn't go, he pulled off her conical rice hat, smashed it on his head with a shout and headed to the floor alone. Up on the stage, the band was singing to a girl somewhere in London or America, "Don't leave me, baby," and a whole table full of Soviets was singing along with more gusto than the lead singer could muster.