British-born Ghanaian-American philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, renowned playwright Anna Deavere Smith and award-winning Jamaican poet Lorna Goodison will be among those taking center stage this week when 7,000 participants gather in Philadelphia for the 132nd Modern Language Association Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) announced Thursday that it has appointed tourism agency Atlantic Link to represent Philadelphia in the Danish city of Copenhagen in hopes of expanding international tourism to and from the Nordic region. Growth in the market could bring more attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Anchored by strong activity in both the leisure and meetings and conventions sectors that reinforced Philadelphia’s image as a destination, Center City is set to close out the year with record hotel occupancy once again.
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.