• Philly Has Record Year

     
    POSTED December 23, 2015
     

Just in time for the new year, Center City Philadelphia is right on track to end 2015 with a record hotel occupancy.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:

Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is estimated to hit a record 77.4 percent in up from 75.5 percent in 2014. Visitors to Philadelphia from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms—another record.

Leisure Is One Of Three Major Segments:

The leisure segment of travelers will set a record as well for 2015. Tourists are projected to account for 31 percent of room nights in Center City, as opposed to just 14 percent in 1997, when Visit Philadelphia started marketing the area as a leisure destination (254,000 versus 976,400 room nights—a 284 percent increase).

This means one in every three Center City hotel guests is a leisure traveler.

They fill rooms every day of the week, especially from June through October. In 2015, Saturday night occupancy—a major sign of a city’s strength as a leisure destination—will hit a record 88 percent and take its place as the highest of the week in Center City, as it has been for more than a decade.

Hotel Room Rates:

The 2015 average daily rate is projected to hit $182, another record for Center City. Each segment is showing ADR increases compared to 2014: Commercial is projected to increase 5 percent to $200; group is projected to increase 5 percent to $188; and leisure is projected to increase 4 percent to $166.

“People are coming for Philadelphia—the destination itself is the reason to visit, and travelers are doing it more and more every year,” says Meryl Levitz, president/CEO, Visit Philadelphia. “The pope was here for a weekend; the rest of the year succeeded simply because of Philly.”

Portland International Airport (PDX) was famously known for its teal, geometrically patterned carpet, which was sadly removed back in 2015. But now, PDX will be known for its recently completed, unique timber ceiling. ZGF Architects worked closely with PDX for 50 years and designed this transformation to last another half century. The Portland airport is becoming one of the first to be seismic-resilient and produce low carbon emissions, thanks to the 9 acres of native Pacific Northwest hardwood used in building the terminal’s ceiling.

 

The average event-goer spends long days sitting in meetings or professional development sessions, followed by an hour or two of standing and sipping cocktails. But holding your next big event at a spa resort opens a realm of possibilities for wellness breaks. Moving the action from the boardroom to the steam room can improve morale by combining business with pleasure—while also boosting attendees’ health. 

 

 Seattle is young and ever evolving, a dynamic city where newness is an integral part of the culture. And it has a long, proud history of hospitality.

In the early 1850s, Chief Seattle welcomed strangers to the banks of Puget Sound. Because of his kindness, they named their new settlement on Elliott Bay after him. “Seattle is a new city with an ancient culture,” notes Ken Workman, Chief Seattle’s great, great, great, great grandson. “It’s less than two grandmas old, as we like to say.”