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PHILADELPHIA WANTS YOU!

PHILADELPHIA, August 5, 2009 - Calling all military personnel. Philadelphia, the city where the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines were all founded, invites the military and their families to have some fun in America's birthplace while taking advantage of tours and special offers available to them, now through Veterans Day.

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation's (GPTMC) Web site, gophila.com/history is loaded with special offers and themed itineraries dedicated to military visiting Historic Philadelphia. The site highlights places of historic interest to the armed forces and features information about hundreds of dollars in savings available to them. Best of all, Philadelphia is within a five-hour drive of military bases in Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Ohio, Connecticut, Delaware and Pennsylvania, making for an easy deployment.

Promotions for gophila.com/history will soon appear on Comcast Cable, in conjunction with Lifetime's Army Wives, and on FOX Philadelphia television station.

Here's what military personnel will find at gophila.com/history:
Hotel Packages Starting At $110; Plus Free Admission And Discounts Through Veterans Day
 
· Three-day Philadelphia Itinerary: This easy-to-follow itinerary includes Independence Hall where the Army, Navy and Marines were established, the historic Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna and City Tavern, a recreation of a favorite gathering spot of the Founding Fathers throughout the Revolution.
· Sites of Military Interest: gophila.com profiles 18 sites, including the Battleship New Jersey (the nation's most decorated battleship), Carpenters' Hall (birthplace of the oldest and still active cavalry), the National Liberty Museum (Medals of Honor exhibition) and New Hall Military Museum (headquarters for the first Secretary of War).
· Tours: There are plenty of ways to tour Historic Philadelphia. Options include a high-tech GPS audio and video tour; a land-and-sea tour on a recreation of a World War II amphibious vehicle and a kid-friendly program that enables kids to march with the Continental Army.
· Special Offers: Military personnel can show military ID to receive discounts at two dozen restaurants, museums, attractions, tours and shops. Offers include free admission to the Betsy Ross House and the Independence Seaport Museum, $1 off mini golf and carousel rides at Franklin Square, free dessert at City Tavern (with an entrée purchase) and 20% off accessories at J. Karma Boutique.
· Hotel Packages: Seven hotels in Historic Philadelphia offer a variety of packages beginning as low as $110 a night. Signature stays include the Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, a two-night offer with free hotel parking; a Philly's More Fun® teddy bear and discount offers; and the Historic Philadelphia Hotel Package, starting at $135 per night and complete with tickets to family sites and free hotel parking. Three of the six hotels in Historic Philadelphia also offer military rates.

"Americans are committed to travel, and no one deserves a little R&R more than the people who serve this country and their families," says Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, GPTMC. "We're serving them back by putting all military offers in one easy place at gophila.com/history. Affordable, easy to get around and proud to point out its numerous and deep ties to the military, Philadelphia has natural appeal to the 3.5 million people on active and reserve duty. And, Historic Philadelphia is a neighborhood equally rich with historic sites and modern hang-outs, where patriotism and a little partying easily coexist." 

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 gophila.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to Hear Philly, 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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Cara Schneider
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