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City hotels saw big revenue jump in 2019; Higher room rates fueled the rise. Attracting more women, Canadians, and foodies is a focus of 2020.

Jan 29, 2020 - Philadelphia Inquirer

ABSTRACT

Higher room rates fueled the rise. Attracting more women, Canadians, and foodies is a focus of 2020.

Tourism officials and the mayor's office touted growth in city hotel revenue on Tuesday, as Visit Philadelphia outlined new plans to bring more visitors to the city through a focus on women travelers, Canadians, and people who like to eat.

Center City hotel revenues climbed to $707 million last year, a 4.3% increase from 2018 revenue figures of $678 million.

Higher room rates propelled that revenue growth, hospitality groups said. The city's "average daily rate" went up about $10, from $191.40 in 2018 to $202.41 in 2019, thanks to several factors, including "a strong convention year" and more options for highend room...