Report: International tourism up in Philadelphia

July 22, 2008 5:57:56 PM PDT
Tourism officials say Philadelphia was visited by more than 550,000 international visitors in 2007. That's a 27 percent increase from the year before - and an all-time record for the city. A report released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau attributes the rise in part to the declining dollar, which makes the U.S. a bargain for European travelers.

The nonprofit corporation says the momentum is continuing this year. There are efforts to attract more international visitors and to encourage local companies to hold conventions close to home.

The agency is continuing to book larger conventions into the expanding Pennsylvania Convention Center. It's also bidding on more Olympic trials events, like the gymnastics competition held earlier this year.

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