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100 Lucky Philly Overnight® Hotel Package Buyers To Receive iPod Shuffle, Tiffany & Co. Gift Card, Southwest Airlines Tickets, Lagos Jewelry and free gifts

PHILADELPHIA, February 13, 2009 – This week the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) kicked off its “Philly Guest of the Day” promotion, a brand-new element of the 10-week, recession-inspired Love campaign. Over the next five weeks, 100 travelers who redeem a Philly Overnight® Hotel Package before March 16, 2009 will be named “Philly Guest of the Day.” These randomly chosen visitors will receive top-notch prizes, including Southwest Airlines tickets and gift certificates for attractions, restaurants and shops like Tiffany & Co., Le Bec-Fin, Positano Coast, The Wilma Theater and others. Additionally, the guests will receive a hotel gift, such as a room upgrade or room service.


The Love campaign debuted on January 15, 2009 and promotes the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, which this February reaches an incredible milestone: 100,000 packages sold, $20 million in hotel revenue since 2001 and countless vacation memories. According to Tourism Economics, this revenue has generated $68 million in economic impact and $7.5 million in state and local taxes.


“GPTMC decided to celebrate this important occasion by rewarding the people who love the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package,” explained Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of GPTMC.


Here are a few examples of the 100 “Philly Guest of the Day” gifts:

·         iPod Shuffle and $10 iTunes gift card

·         Two Southwest Airlines tickets

·         Four tickets to Please Touch Museum® and a children’s party pack

·         Lagos key necklace

·         Two tickets to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and breakfast for two at Nineteen (XIX) at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue

·         $100 Le Bec-Fin gift card

·         Philadelphia movie pack: In Her Shoes, The Italian Job and National Treasure


Visitors can find a list of participating hotels and book the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package on


The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® 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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