May 17, 2015 |
Leisure travelers "like" us - enough to generate $10.4 billion in economic impact in 2014, according to the Philadelphia region's leisure tourism marketing agency, Visit Philadelphia. In its annual report released Friday, the quasi-public agency funded through the city's hotel tax, said that on social media networks, Visit Philly, as it is known, ranks third in user engagement, measured by "liking," sharing and commenting. Besting Visit Philly were Discover Los Angeles and Los Vegas.
April 27, 2015 |
HAVANA - Jesus Escandel's brown eyes lit up like two Cuban cigars as he walked along the uncommonly smooth stone pavement and felt the fresh orange tile on the newly renovated building. Pushing open the swinging doors on Calle Animas, he stepped into a past when American gamblers, Hollywood stars, pro athletes, Mafia bosses, local politicians, and homegrown revolutionaries all once shared a legendary saloon called Sloppy Joe's. The first thing Escandel noticed was the bar to the left, 59 mahogany feet, once billed as the longest in Latin America.
March 21, 2015 |
Matilda DeFlaviis Fumo could often be seen in the Independence Hall neighborhood, turned out as a well-dressed 18th century lady. In springtime and autumn, from the mid-1980s into 2009, Mrs. Fumo was a costumed guide for Centipede Tours. A very patient guide. The last tour that Mrs. Fumo worked alongside Centipede guide Sally A. Downey was especially memorable. Though the tour groups often consisted of local schoolchildren, this one was peopled by adults from out of state.
February 27, 2015 |
The future of South Jersey tourism may lie in the region's terroir . That's a French term for the climatic, topographic, and soil characteristics of a place where grapes are grown and wine is made. With a terroir that local vintners liken to France's famed Bordeaux region, South Jersey is seeking to become a destination for wine lovers. "We've got a critical mass of great wineries," Jake Buganski, executive director of the South Jersey Tourism Corp., told the audience at a wine-and-cheese reception Tuesday.
February 16, 2015 |
STUFF TENDS to get fixed at my house when we know company is coming. We race around the place, see it through a guest's eye, and wonder how we let ourselves get used to the busted doorknob, the dirty wall, the ugly chair. So we repair, clean and replace. And after the guests leave, we enjoy the improvements we didn't know we'd needed until shame prompted us to look around. Well, Philly, company is coming. Over the next 17 months, we'll host the gigantic annual get-together of the NAACP (this July)
September 29, 2014 |
CANADENSIS, Pa. - The vibrant display of pumpkins, gourds, and mums sat outside the shop, where the aroma of hot apple cider filled the air. Temperatures flirted with 80, and trees were beginning to show off brilliant hues of red and orange. But something was missing: customers. "We should be busy, busy, busy," Elaine Bubb, owner of the Stonewall Garden Center, said Saturday morning. But tourists were largely avoiding the area as the manhunt for alleged state trooper killer Eric Frein entered its third week.
July 5, 2014
ISSUE | STAYING SAFE Leave it to the pros The increase in fireworks-related injuries is easily explained, and I speak from experience as a commander for nine years of the Police Department bomb squad ("Fireworks-related injuries zoomed last year," July 2). Laws regarding who can purchase and use fireworks in Pennsylvania are as murky as the Schuylkill, making fireworks too accessible. That often puts them in the hands of individuals who have been drinking. Most disturbing, some adults allow children to use fireworks.
December 24, 2013 |
When Paul Steinke, 49, became general manager of the Reading Terminal Market in 2001, a voice in his head cautioned him that he might be joining a dying institution. Hard to imagine why, considering that the market, especially crowded around big food holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, attracts 115,000 visitors a week. One of America's oldest and largest public markets, it is also one of the city's top tourist attractions. Question: What worried you in 2001?
November 7, 2013 |
LONDON - Mayor Nutter met the competition Tuesday, and it is formidable. As he goes about his eight-day trade trip to London and Tel Aviv, even the irrepressible Nutter had to acknowledge his city faces an uphill battle in the global travel and tourist market. That was evident Tuesday at the World Travel Market, a monstrous convention for 47,000 travel-industry professionals, where seemingly all the globe's nations and major cities set up booths to sell themselves. The largest such gathering in the English-speaking world, the travel market featured acres of geographic displays, organized by continents, then countries, then cities and regions.
July 28, 2013
Cambodia has joined hands with Australia in an effort to use the Internet to help preserve its fabled Angkor Wat temple complex, the Australian Embassy announced this month. Name: angkorsunsets.com How it works: As part of a master plan to limit damage to the complex, a recently opened website, Angkor Sunset Finder, will give tourists recommendations for where in the 400-square-kilometer (160-square-mile) complex one can watch spectacular sunsets. Why it's needed: A handful of well-publicized spots from which to watch the setting sun attract too many tourists, endangering the place's physical and aesthetic integrity.