The city’s hospitality industry had about 72,800 jobs in June, an increase of nearly 5 percent over last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The preliminary figures represent the most jobs held in hospitality in a single month in more than a decade.
Philadelphia is expected to make history as it welcomes thousands of visitors for one of the nation’s most significant political conventions. An estimated 50,000 attendees are expected to turn out for the Democratic National Convention, which will be held Monday through Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Thanks to Pope Francis, the Philadelphia region has received its fair share of international attention in the past year. It will continue this month when the Democratic National Convention comes to town. Looming large in all of this is Drexel Hillnative John J. McNichol.
1 East Penn Square Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 Phone: (215) 686-1776
The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style, Philadelphia’s City Hall contains more than 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out. Outside is the newly refurbished Dilworth Park, a short walk from the Convention Center.
51 North 12th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107 Phone: (215) 922-2317
Reading Terminal Market, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is Philadelphia’s famous indoor foodie paradise. Vendors offer everything from fresh produce and delicious sandwiches to artisanal cheeses and desserts.
Chestnut Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 Phone: (215) 965-2305
While historical attractions abound in Philly, Independence Hall has particular significance to the development of the nation. In this building in 1776, the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence. Eleven years later, representatives from a dozen states met here to lay the framework for the U.S. Constitution. Today, the building is the centerpiece of Independence National Historical Park, and guided tours are available to visitors year-round.
1 North Independence Mall West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 Phone: (215) 965-2305
Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals. INHP welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors every year.
1 North Independence Mall West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 Phone: (800) 537-7676
The official Visitor Center of Philadelphia and Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Visitor Center welcomes around two and a half million people every year. It’s the perfect place to begin your visit to Historic Philadelphia.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130 Phone: (215) 763-8100
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest art collections in the United States. The statue from the film, “Rocky,” and the Rocky Steps, which are outside the Art Museum, are among popular attractions in Philadelphia.