Economic Impact for Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) today announced the Philadelphia Phillies postseason games hosted at Citizens Bank Park generated a total economic impact of $78 million in Philadelphia. The eight postseason matchups, including three World Series games, resulted in $49 million in direct spending in the city.
“This was a big win for Philadelphia and its tourism and hospitality sector, especially the city’s hotels, restaurants, and their staff who were positively impacted by the Phillies postseason run,” said Larry Needle, executive director of PHL Sports, a business development division of the PHLCVB. “Philadelphia truly is a sports destination, and we demonstrate time and time again how we excel at hosting the country’s largest sporting events.”
During the three-week postseason run, Philadelphia welcomed approximately 34,000 overnight visitors, supporting 35,000 total hotel room nights, according to Tourism Economics.
“The Philadelphia Phillies postseason generated significant impacts in the local community as out-of-town visitors and national media that attended games also spent money at local businesses during their stay, including bars and restaurants, hotels, retailers and attractions,” said Greg Pepitone, senior economist at Tourism Economics. “What really made it a home run is that this new spending would not have occurred in the community unless the Phillies made their unbelievable postseason run.”
The exposure for Philadelphia on a global level is notable, with postseason press credentials issued to more than 1,900 members of the media, including press from 10 international markets.
Needle added, “We’re most grateful to the Philadelphia Phillies, not only for the amazing ride they took the city on this fall, but the real economic impact they created.”
About the PHLCVB:
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) creates positive economic impact across the Philadelphia region, driving job growth and promoting the health and vibrancy of our hospitality industry by marketing the destination, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and attracting overnight visitors. The PHLCVB’s work engages our partners, the local Philadelphia community as well as culturally and ethnically diverse regional, national and international convention, sporting event and tourism customers. The PHLCVB is also the official tourism promotion agency for the city of Philadelphia globally and is responsible for growing the number of overseas leisure visitors who come to the region each year. To learn more, visit www.discoverPHL.com.