The results mark the eighth consecutive year for record visitation and a 3% increase over 2016. Of those 43.3 million visitors, 38.2 million (88%) visited for fun.
An additional 502,000 people visited from Canada – Philadelphia’s #1 international feeder market – and over 23,000 visited from Mexico.
Philadelphia is becoming increasingly popular across all trip types (individual leisure, groups and convention, commercial, and airlines and government), with leisure being the fastest growing segment. It’s also now a year-round destination that people visit consistently through all four seasons of the year.
Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA, observed, “Philadelphia gets better and better each year thanks to new museums, restaurants, parks, events and other attractions popping up all the time,” said. “It’s our job to tout all of these assets to potential visitors, giving them plenty of reasons to visit over and over again.”
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Photo by C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA