Philadelphia sees record visitation in 2014

Published on : Saturday, May 16, 2015

downloadVISIT PHILADELPHIA® annual report demonstrates the importance of the region’s travel and tourism industry, responsible for $10.4 billion in economic impact in 2014 alone. The report is downloadable at

“Greater Philadelphia’s tourism industry is strong and getting stronger each year,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “The leisure segment has been particularly successful. It’s increased 90% since 1997, making it the fastest growing segment of all.”

2014 Numbers:

Greater Philadelphia welcomed a record 39.7 million day and overnight visitors.
Visitor spending in Greater Philadelphia:
Generated $10.4 billion in economic impact—or $28.6 million every day.
Supported 92,000 full-time jobs.
Generated $655 million in state and local taxes. That’s money that then supports priority programs such as schools and sanitation.
Sources: Tourism Economics and Longwoods International

The Leisure Story:

Of the region’s 39.7 million visitors, 34.9 million (88%) were here for a leisure purpose.
Leisure is a major driver of hotel occupancy. Of the 3.1 million hotel room nights occupied in Center City Philadelphia, 30.7% were leisure stays.

That’s 948,000 leisure room nights—up 273% since 1997 when VISIT PHILADELPHIA began marketing the region as a leisure destination.Philly’s Saturday hotel occupancy (88.2%) is second only to New York City (90.4%) among major northeast cities, including Boston, Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Weekends aren’t the only time leisure travelers are coming to Philadelphia:
34% of all hotel room nights were booked by leisure travelers.
20% of all weekday hotel room nights were booked by leisure travelers.

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