June 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia hosted 8 percent fewer international travelers last year, but is expecting a surge from the upcoming World Meeting of Families and papal visit, convention officials said Monday. The Department of Commerce, which measures overseas visitors to U.S. cities and states, said Philadelphia drew 620,000 foreign visitors in 2014, down from 673,000 in 2013. The city ranked No. 15 among the 20 most popular U.S. destinations. Pennsylvania ranked No. 10 in foreign visitors, with 964,000 international travelers, down 3 percent from the 993,000 in 2013.
June 22, 2015 |
Sunday night, after another grueling journey to another off-the-radar tournament in another remote locale, Alexandra Riley will return to her hotel room and end Father's Day the way she ends most other days, by texting "Good Night!" to her father. The nightly ritual helps ease both her father's concerns and the isolation the Philadelphia-born pro feels as, all alone, she chases her tennis dream across the globe. For seven years now, since she was 17, "Xan" Riley has been a solo tennis nomad.
June 19, 2015 |
Somewhere in a remote part of Canada, antennae are likely picking up the signals of 100 shorebirds that just weeks ago were on the beaches of Delaware Bay, where they were caught with giant nets and fitted with tiny transmitters. The birds are robin-size creatures called red knots. After precipitous declines in their population on the bay - from about 100,000 birds in the 1990s to about 12,000 a few years ago - federal officials designated them as threatened in December. Researchers know that red knots have one of the longest migrations on the planet - from the tip of South America to their breeding grounds in the Arctic.
June 9, 2015 |
C HLOE JOHNSTON, 29, of Devon, is president & founder of Chloe Johnston, a personal travel and lifestyle company. She organizes personal and customized travel experiences that could include food, wine, fashion or just a shopping experience. She also sells vintage and designer fashion online and at special events and trunk shows. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I began traveling to Paris when I was 12 and people would always ask me where I got something I brought back.
June 2, 2015 |
SLS Hotels puts its chicly designed, lavishly appointed lodgings in the U.S. cities most associated with luxury travel and youthful, free-spending abandon: Beverly Hills. South Beach. Las Vegas. Philadelphia is now on that elite list. After years of planning, work is set to begin in the fall on the 152-guest-room SLS Lux Philadelphia Hotel & Residences. It will rise 47 stories a few blocks south of City Hall and could open as soon as spring 2018. The California-based hotel chain, part of hospitality mogul Sam Nazarian's SBE Entertainment Group, is betting on Philadelphia's budding sophistication as a shopping, dining, and sightseeing destination as it targets moneyed visitors seeking less-staid alternatives to the city's existing stock of high-end accommodations.
May 22, 2015 |
LUXEMBOURG - With expensive instruments to look after and the need for rest after a transatlantic flight, why would any Philadelphia Orchestra player want to add young children to the barely movable feast that is the 2015 tour of Europe? For a half-dozen of them, it was a matter of taking home along with them, a better option than missing the tour. As the musicians deplaned Tuesday in Brussels and took buses to the first concert locale in Luxembourg, a handful of children were in tow, along with nannies and grandmothers.
May 20, 2015 |
U.S. airlines are expecting their busiest summer ever, with 222 million travelers - or 2.4 million a day - expected to fly between June 1 and August 31, Airlines for America, the industry group for U.S. carriers, said Monday. The 4.5 percent increase from last summer will include 31 million travelers on international flights. To accommodate the anticipated busy summer travel season, airlines are adding flights and seats, and deploying larger aircraft, said John Heimlich, chief economist for the Washington, D.C. trade group.
May 16, 2015 |
Jamer Hunt typically commutes from Center City to a teaching job at the Parsons School for Design in New York City four days a week on a 7:28 or 8:30 a.m. Amtrak train. After Hunt, 50, learned Tuesday night about the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 at Frankford Junction, he tried to take a bus Wednesday morning, but tickets were sold out. On Wednesday, he worked from home via Skype on his computer to videoconference with a fellow teacher and class of 20 students. "I was up on the big screen, and talking with the students," said the director of the graduate design program at Parsons as he waited in line for an 8:15 a.m. Megabus on Thursday in University City.
March 12, 2015 |
IF YOU WANTED a good time and good eats, you couldn't have done better than attending one of the cookouts at the Shubert home in Pennsauken, N.J. There was only one problem: You might not have been able to make it through the crowd. The Shuberts thought nothing of cooking for 60 to 70 people at a time: family members, friends, neighbors. It wouldn't have been surprising if a total stranger stopped by to sample those wings and ribs and other delicacies the Shuberts put out. Another major attraction was the lady of the house, Sonia Renee Shubert.
March 11, 2015 |
IN HIS SPEECH to Congress on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu summoned historical and literary resources to support a hard line in the negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons. Netanyahu turned first to the ancient Biblical story of Esther, the young Jewish queen of Persia, who, with the help of her uncle Mordecai, foiled a plot to kill all the Jews. Scholars disagree on the historical standing of this story, but last week Jews worldwide celebrated Purim in commemoration of Esther, and Netanyahu was able to claim, 2,500 years later, that Esther had saved her people from "yet another Persian potentate.