September 23, 2016 |
Foreign travel to Philadelphia increased by 3 percent in 2015, due in small part to a bump the week Pope Francis came to town. Last year, 638,300 overseas visitors came to Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), which tracks international tourism patterns through the U.S. Department of Commerce. About 620,000 foreign visitors came in 2014. The increase follows a large decline in 2014, when international visits decreased by 8 percent.
September 19, 2016 |
Unless someone tries to sneak contraband through customs, it's rare for tourists to end up behind bars on vacation. However, with an abundance of prison tours around the world, it's possible to visit the grittier side of life. In fact, one of the most famous - and groundbreaking - prisons in the world is in Philadelphia. Eastern State Penitentiary, built by the Quakers in 1829, provided each prisoner with his own cell (rare at the time), designed to encourage convicts to become penitent.
September 12, 2016
Q: I recently booked a trip to Italy through OneTravel.com. My flight was one hour late arriving in Rome. I wasn't concerned because I knew I'd planned plenty of time before my next flight, to Palermo. I retrieved my luggage and went through customs, then grabbed a bite to eat before heading to the check-in at Vueling Airlines. When I got there, an airline representative told me I'd missed my flight. I gave her my confirmed booking, and she said my flight had been canceled and I'd been booked on an earlier flight that departed at 9:10 a.m. I had not been notified and couldn't have accepted the change, as my flight didn't land until 9:15 a.m. Vueling would not honor my ticket because I booked through OneTravel and not the airline directly.
September 6, 2016
ISSUE | ZIKA VIRUS Travel is safe with the proper precautions We should not let fear rule our lives. The news of the Zika virus spreading to the United States has caused a frenzy of hype, causing fear and uncertainty for residents and travelers ("Florida finds Zika in traps," Friday). As an obstetrician and gynecologist, I have not yet had to treat a patient with Zika, but I tell my patients to evaluate the risks, then live their lives. Women who are pregnant or couples trying to conceive should take all necessary steps to avoid contact with mosquitos.
September 5, 2016 |
Ron Howard's new Beatles movie, Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years , is being advertised with a trailer that begins with a familiar voice saying: "This is the greatest phenomenon in the century thus far. " That 1964 assessment came from a 21-year-old radio reporter at Miami's top-40 WFUN. Fifty-two years later, Philadelphians will instantly recognize the unmistakable voice of a young Larry Kane. The legendary local newsman has a significant on-screen presence in the movie due to his unique, front-row seat to the Beatles' invasion of America.
August 30, 2016 |
Moses Pierce stood amid the shuffle of tourists and commuters outside City Hall, eager to engage passersby who rarely looked up from their cellphones. He didn't let "the devices," as he calls them, inhibit his job, though. Hello, ma'am. Can I help you get to where you're going today? Welcome to the park, my man. Please, remember for next time -- no smoking, all right? For 25 years, Pierce has walked the streets and parks of Center City, a "traveling concierge," as he describes himself, as a member of the Center City District's Community Service Representative team.
August 29, 2016 |
Ruth Solomon Goldstein, 93, of Monroe Township, a former travel agent there and in Cherry Hill, died Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Monroe Village, a retirement community in Monroe. A 1940 graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., she studied at Brooklyn College before working during World War II at the naval shipyard there. Because she was less than 5 feet tall, her son Eric said, she fit into nooks and crannies that others couldn't, while repairing warships. In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Goldstein was a travel agent in Cherry Hill for what is now Rosenbluth Vacations.
August 28, 2016 |
On a trip to Ireland a few years ago, our plan right after landing was to rent a car and head out to the hotel where we were staying - a four-hour drive away. But Michael didn't relish the idea of jumping into a car to drive into the emerald hills - on the left-hand side of the road, no less - after an overnight flight with virtually no sleep. Larissa wasn't too keen on being a passenger in said rental car with a bleary-eyed (and no doubt cranky) husband behind the wheel. Our solution: renting a day room at a Dublin airport hotel.
August 22, 2016 |
In 2002, Dr. Murray Schwartz worked very briefly as a radiologist at Valley Hospital in Palmer, Alaska. He was there only from July 1 to 19 and from Sept. 16 to 21, with an August stint at a hospital in Anchorage. But Palmer convinced him that he had made the right decision to work in Alaska, even for only weeks. "He stayed at a little hotel in Palmer," a son, Jason, said. "And he would walk out the front door of the hotel and there were the mountains. He loved it there. " On Thursday, Aug. 18, Dr. Schwartz, 72, of Cherry Hill, a radiologist who from 2000 to 2008 worked brief terms at several hospitals in Kentucky, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, died of complications from pneumonia at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
August 21, 2016
Name: Safeture. What it does: The global safety app gives travelers real-time alerts about flight delays, fires, floods and other natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, political protests, and terrorist acts such as bombings and shootings that would cause them to change their destination or reroute their travel plans. Available: In the App Store, requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. In Google Play, requires 4.0.3 and up. Cost: From $3.99 for two weeks of service to $21.99 for one year.