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October 3, 1994 | BY JOSEPH C. VIGNOLA
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.
SPORTS
July 1, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
NEWS
July 17, 2005 | By Joe Goldblatt FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
May 15, 1998 | By David Boldt
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.
NEWS
March 18, 2008 | INQUIRER STAFF
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.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 25, 1987 | By Ellen Dean Wilson, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
November 8, 1992 | By Vyola P. Willson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
August 7, 1988 | By C. S. Manegold, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
NEWS
January 23, 1998 | By Nita Lelyveld, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It doesn't look like much these days, just a puddle on the rocky shore of a fast-flowing, brown river. But once upon a time, all of America feverishly dreamed about this place. Husbands and fathers abandoned their homes. Sailors jumped ship seconds after setting anchor in San Francisco Bay. Lawyers and merchants and farmers and servants crossed the country to come running to this sleepy speck of a settlement tucked into the curves of the Sierra foothills. They came by the thousands, from every corner of the Earth - all because, on Jan. 24, 1848, a New Jersey-born carpenter named James Marshall, building a sawmill for wealthy landowner John Sutter, looked down at the rocks below the surface of the American River and saw gold.
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NEWS
July 25, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With a recent "topping off" ceremony marking the progress of its construction near Independence Mall, the Museum of the American Revolution clearly has become more than a dream. As progress continues toward a 2017 opening, serious consideration should be given to how the museum and other nearby attractions associated with colonial-era America can complement each other. One idea is to offer visitors a single pass that they could use to visit several sites. Participants in last week's ceremony, including former Govs.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mike Bowman, chief executive of Valley Forge Casino Resort, will become president of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, where he has been chairman, the Upper Merion Township casino announced Wednesday. Bowman, a veteran of the casino industry who got his start in Atlantic City, plans to step down June 15, the announcement said. Until the casino, which is controlled by investor Ira Lubert, replaces Bowman, chief financial officer Alex Figueras and chief marketing officer Jennifer Galle will oversee the property.
NEWS
November 17, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Can Atlantic City be a destination resort with fewer cops? Among the proposals posted last week on the website run by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority was "rightsizing" the city's police and fire departments. The recommendation, posted the day after the second city summit led by Gov. Christie, calls for reducing the police department from 330 uniformed employees to 285, and the fire department from 261 to 180. It also brought up the possibility of regionalizing both departments to further save costs.
NEWS
November 2, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
You are in Philadelphia for a few hours. You have an impulse to explore before leaving. You stand on a downtown sidewalk and wonder - what's around the corner that would be perfect for me to see? A marketing study about Philadelphia's historic district has yielded a high-tech answer that could find its way into the smartphones of on-the-fly travelers and send them to Independence Mall. A build-your-own-itinerary app that would serve up results based on a user's passions and available free time is being considered.
BUSINESS
October 7, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Combining Philadelphia's two tourism agencies - the one that markets to conventions and the other that markets to leisure travelers - would net a million dollars a year in combined savings, Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz wrote in a report issued last month. That estimate might be low, said Meryl Levitz, who has headed Visit Philadelphia as it has expanded leisure tourism since its inception in 1996. Whatever tensions existed in the past, Levitz's agency and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau are now working well together.
NEWS
September 17, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
The local Carpenters union has asked the city controller to conduct a "full-scale audit" of Philadelphia's two tourism marketing agencies, which it contends have "virtually no public oversight of their spending. " In seeking an audit of Visit Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), the union noted "the recent discovery . . . that an employee of Visit Philadelphia had embezzled $210,000 - a fact that was kept hidden from law enforcement. " The incident is under investigation by the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
September 14, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Visit Philadelphia acted properly two years ago when it discovered that its chief financial officer had misappropriated $210,000, the regional marketing agency's attorney said Friday. The publicly funded agency chose not to alert law enforcement to the misuse of funds, but dealt with the matter internally, allowing the CFO, Joyce Levitt, to resign without criminal charges in exchange for restitution. Levitt went on to work for another publicly funded nonprofit. The fund misuse and how Visit Philadelphia handled the matter are now under the scrutiny of the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
May 22, 2014
Tourism review With almost 40 million visitors to the region in 2013 supporting 90,000 jobs and generating $636 million in taxes, a thriving tourism industry should have an independent review as part of a financial checkup ("Visitor groups need revisiting," May 19). The Inquirer's editorial suggested our office conduct an independent review of Philadelphia's two major tourism groups, Visit Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. We recognize the importance of analyzing the impact that these two agencies have on our city to produce tourism dollars, and through our financial and policy unit, we will conduct a study of these revenues and ascertain whether a distinct return on investment can be produced between the two agencies.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The misconception that Hurricane Sandy wiped away the entire Jersey Shore has subsided and the region's economy is rebounding, which indicates that visitors will be spending more, tourism officials of several Shore counties said Friday in predicting a very good summer after a brutal winter. They reported more rentals and more inquiries than at this time last year, especially in Cape May and Long Beach Island. At travel shows, they said they had seen increases in people visiting their booths and asking about the Shore.
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