Why Choose Philadelphia

Philadelphia has always enjoyed a reputation as a city overflowing with history and culture. In addition to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, visitors and locals alike experience our rich, diverse history that underlines the very fabric that helped build Philadelphia.

Come explore our dynamic neighborhoods and attractions, world-renowned restaurants and eclectic shopping (clothing and shoe purchases are tax-free!). From one of the country’s oldest and largest “Gayborhoods” to thriving African American, Latino, Native American and Asian communities, our city is open and welcoming to visitors of all backgrounds and cultures.

Best of all, Philadelphia's compact downtown places all of this and so much more within a short walk or cab ride from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and any downtown hotel.

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PHL Diversity raises Philadelphia’s profile as an ethnically diverse convention and visitor destination by showcasing our city’s vibrant multicultural communities, and by encouraging social responsibility in the hospitality industry. We understand that, in order to be a leader, we must go beyond simply accepting "equal opportunity" – we must value and embrace diversity as a strategic competitive advantage.


PHL Diversity Podcast

Julie Coker Graham, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO: Julie Coker Graham shares her thoughts on the meaning of diversity and inclusion, Philadelphia’s legacy of diversity and much more.

 

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PHL Diversity Launches New Vision Statement

PHL Diversity, with notable assistance from the PHL Diversity Advisory Board, created its first ever Vision Statement:

"PHL Diversity's vision is to promote Philadelphia as the world's premiere destination that welcomes and embraces all meetings and conventions. Philadelphia is where you come to build what's next through education, innovation and customer service."

Learn more about PHL Diversity’s mission and vision here.


Jack P. Ferguson Scholarship for Minority Professionals

PHL Diversity, in partnership with the Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (PAMPI), has announced the creation of the Jack P. Ferguson Scholarship for minority meeting professionals. This scholarship will honor past PHLCVB President and CEO Jack Ferguson for his many years of dedicated service cultivating Philadelphia's diverse meetings and conventions industry and championing the inclusion of the city’s minority business communities within the industry. PAMPI will fund the first year.

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