Some updates for today.
Record Number of Visitors for Philadelphia in 2011
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation last week released its annual report, Greater Philadelphia Tourism 2012: Report to the Region. Philadelphia saw a record 38 million domestic visitors and more than 600,000 non-U.S. visitors in 2011, the report noted. These travelers created a $9.3 billion economic impact, an increase of 7.5% over 2010, and support for 86,000 full-time jobs in the region with a total paycheck of $2.85 billion.
Philadelphia’s hotels outperformed the national average in 2011, with revenue increasing by double digits in the city and region. More than 8.3 million rooms were filled with guests in Greater Philadelphia, 4 million of them in Philadelphia, both all-time highs.
Parks and Open Space News
Team Chosen for Reading Viaduct Renovation
The Center City District has chosen Urban Engineers and landscape architect Studio|Bryan Hanes to prepare construction documents for the renovation of the SEPTA spur of the Reading Viaduct. The spur is a quarter-mile-long, 26,000-square-foot piece of the viaduct that curves off northwest from the main branch and runs from Callowhill Street to Noble Street. This phase of work is funded by a grant from the City of Philadelphia, arranged by former Councilman Frank DiCicco before he left office in December 2011.