PHL Diversity

Why Choose Philadelphia: Embracing Diversity

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.


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PHL Diversity celebrates 30 years of building more than great conventions — we celebrate and accelerate cultural diversity and intentional inclusion. Watch our video celebrating diversity, multiculturalism and Philadelphia.


PHL Diversity Podcasts

Listen up, Philadelphia! We’re back with Season 3 of the PHL Diversity podcast series. (Click for all podcasts.) From best practices to emerging trends, our podcast allows listeners to gain a deeper understanding of how Philadelphia’s hospitality leaders are reshaping the industry, while learning about developments, initiatives and major meetings and conferences that may benefit their own business or organization. Happy Listening! (And don’t miss our past episodes here.)


Tiffany Chang Lawson, Executive Director for Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, joins us to discuss her position as a liaison between Gov. Wolf and Pennsylvania’s diverse Asian Pacific American communities. In her passion-driven role, Tiffany is able to provide a voice to previously unheard communities and ensure that they are heard by the state government. In addition to sharing her unique experiences, Tiffany also discusses Philadelphia’s appeal to international overseas visitors from China, and provides insight into what makes the city so welcoming.


Rob Buscher, Festival Director for Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) and Area Chapter President for Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), sits in on the PHL Diversity podcast to discuss his work with both JACL, which is hosting its annual convention in Philadelphia this July, and PAAFF. In addition to discussing his instrumental role in bringing JACL to Philadelphia, Rob also gives us a look at the history of Japanese American Culture in Philadelphia, as well as the city’s growing Asian American populations and the cultural differences and experiences that are developing because of this growth.


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