Philadelphia South Street Bridge K Huff for PHLCVB

UK is the largest inbound market for Philadelphia

In 2018, 697,000 overseas visitors came to the Greater Philadelphia region, of which 112,000 are from the UK, according to a new report from the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) and Tourism Economics.

While the city marked a 7.5% year-on-year increase in overseas visitors, Brits visitation increased by 3.1% YoY.

Overseas visitors also contributed $723 million in direct visitor spending, generating $1.2 billion in economic impact, the report said.

Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of PHLCVB, said: “Hospitality is one of the largest and fastest-growing employment sectors in Philadelphia because we continue to see visitation rise across all sectors. Overseas visitors are incredibly important as they account for 57% of all international visitation and 79% of all international visitor spending.

“Every day our team is focused on telling Philadelphia’s story globally. In 2018 our team hosted 96 influential global media and 334 travel trade professionals in-market. By doing so, we’re able to reinforce positive perceptions of the city and encourage and inspire future visitation.”

The bureau also works with local industry partners like the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Visit Philadelphia and the Philadelphia International Airport. The destination’s collective message is: the American experience should begin in the city where the country was founded.

In 2018, nine of Philadelphia’s ‘top 10’ overseas markets grew year-on-year (YOY). Its top five markets include the United Kingdom, China, Germany, India, and France, respectively.

The PHLCVB, the official tourism promotion agency for the City of Philadelphia globally, operates representation offices in seven locations around the world and actively stimulates interest in Philadelphia across 23 global markets. In conjunction with, and under the direction of a global tourism team based in Philadelphia, these international offices work to amplify Philadelphia’s message as a premier U.S. destination.

Rochelle Cameron, CEO of PHL International Airport, said: “In 2018, we launched three new overseas routes, including additional service from Ireland, which saw visitation increase to Philadelphia by over 40%.

“Also in 2018, we had 4.2 million international passengers touch down on our runways, a 6% increase from 2017 and a 17.1% increase since 2004. It’s a trend made possible through the hard work of our staff and partners across the entire industry.”

For more information, go to www.discoverPHL.com


More News...

Stewart Travel to reopen …

Stewart Travel to reopen all retail stores in the UK

Stewart Travel is set to reopen its Belfast store on July 11, with rigorous health and safety measures in place.

Intrepid travel offers 15…

Intrepid travel offers 15% off trips worldwide for 2021

As travel restrictions begin to ease, Intrepid Travel is offering 15% off in a range of trips worldwide, available until July 31 2020.

London City Airport resum…

London City Airport resumes flights to destinations on travel corridors’ list

London City airport resumed flights to Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Málaga and Florence today, as the UK Government’s travel corridors policy came into effect.

Tourism associations agre…

Tourism associations agree on mutual cooperation

World Tourism Association for Culture & Heritage (WTACH) and the World Association for Hospitality and Tourism Education & Training (AMFORHT) have partnered to cover wide-ranging activities such as events, seminars,...

Centara reopens more hote…

Centara reopens more hotels in July

Centara Hotels & Resorts, one of Thailand’s leading hotel operator announced the reopening of eight hotels on July 1 and 3, 2020 in major destinations around Thailand.

Etihad Airways and Air Ar…

Etihad Airways and Air Arabia Abu Dhabi to share global network routes

Etihad Airways has announced a new codeshare agreement with Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia to create Air Arabia Abu Dhabi.

Central England Co-operat…

Central England Co-operative to transfer 16 travel branches to Midcounties Co-operative

Co-operative Travel, the retail travel division of Midcounties Co-operative, plans to enter an agreement with the Central England Co-operative, and transfer 16 of its travel branches and employees to Co-operative...

Call of the Caribbean win…

Call of the Caribbean wins over COVID-19

Caribbean Tourism Organisation, UK & Europe is organising virtual road shows on September 15 and 16 for agents in the UK and Ireland, as a part of the Caribbean Roadmap...

Princess Cruises reshuffl…

Princess Cruises reshuffles vessel deployment for summer 2021

Princess Cruises has announced changes in the deployment of vessels for the summer season of 2021 for cruises to Alaska, European destinations, including Scandinavia and Norway, the Mediterranean, Mexico and...

Chancellor's mini-budget …

Chancellor's mini-budget welcomed but travel industry calls for more help

Overall, the UK travel industry has welcomed aspects of Chancellor Rishi Sunak's mini-budget speech but calls remain for the government to do more to support the travel industry

AVIAREPS UK to host two-d…

AVIAREPS UK to host two-day webinar on Hungary from July 15-16

AVIAREPS UK is organising two free webinar sessions on July 15 and July 16, at 10:30 am (BST) for people in the travel and trade industry, who want to improve...

Poland has reopened borde…

Poland has reopened borders to UK tourists

Direct flights between Poland and the UK resumed on July 1 and UK citizens are allowed to travel into, out of and throughout Poland without being asked to undergo a...

Prev Next

twn Are you sure that you want to switch to desktop version?