Magazine and Others Call One of the Best PHILADELPHIA

Travel Weekly, one of the most influential trade publications for the travel industry, awarded a Silver Magellan Award in the Destinations/City category. Magellan Awards honor “the best in travel and salute the outstanding travel professionals behind it all.” Created and maintained by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC), is the official visitor site for Greater Philadelphia. Today, visitors from all 50 states and 207 countries and territories use the site to plan trips, book hotel accommodations or engage with interactive tools, including videos, slideshows, podcasts and maps. has received praise from others within the tourism industry as well. In July, IgoUgo travel blog, a partner of Travelocity, called “undeniably fresh” and “full of multimedia options.” The post concluded by saying, “besides being up-to-date, informative, and easy to use … it’s just plain fun.”

Most importantly, the critically acclaimed Web site has proven to be a popular resource for those making travel plans.’s visitation ranks within the top 5% in the “Destinations and Accommodations” category (276 out of 5,415 sites), ahead of tourism sites for Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago and Baltimore, according to Hitwise Internet Intelligence Software, which tracks more than 10 million Web users. In addition, Google Analytics shows that the site also has a strong search ranking. In August, ranked #1 when searching for “Philadelphia.”

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside(R) a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit or, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station
about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.

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