Philly Achieves World Heritage City Designation

Credit: Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

Last week, the World Heritage Centre announced that Philly was named the first World Heritage City in the US. Congrats, complimenti, félicitations, felicidades!

We’re proud of our hometown for receiving this prestigious designation. It demonstrates our  amazing level of cultural treasure, our strengthened international reputation, and the power of a determined, collaborative group of Philadelphian’s who worked together on this effort. You can read the full press release here.

The World Heritage City designation is a global recognition of Philly’s status as a first-class historic city – it recognizes the beauty of our streets and historic arts and architecture. It also recognizes the simple fact that one of the most important political events in human history was incubated on our cobblestone streets – some of the same streets you’ll see as you walk around Center City.

With this designation, we expect that Philadelphia’s stature as an international tourism destination will take off. A study by eConsult concluded, if marketed well, the World Heritage City designation could increase foreign visitation by 10-15%, meaning 60,000 to 100,000 more visitors annually from the current 600,000 to 800,000. These visitors would generate approximately $150 million per year in expanded economic activity.

Philly now joins 266 other World Heritage Cities in the Organization of World Heritage Cities.

Here’s to Philly’s past and future. We can’t wait to be part of this next chapter.

Jackie Buhn is Principal & CEO of AthenianRazak.