Most of Philadelphia’s Visitors Come from the United Kingdom

The number of overseas visitors to Philadelphia was up 13 percent in 2013.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of National Travel and Tourism ranks Philadelphia the 13th-most visited city for overseas visitors to the country and says, in Philadelphia, most of those people come from the United Kingdom.

New York City is the most-visited city, followed by Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco. Pennsylvania is the 10th-most visited state, with New York the most-visited state overall.


According to the report, 673,000 overseas tourists came to Philadelphia in 2013, up 13 percent from 595,000 the year before. Of the top 20 cities listed, only Seattle (15%) had a better percentage change. Per the Business Journal, visitors from the United Kingdom made up 88,000 of the overseas visits to Philadelphia in 2013. Germany was right behind with 84,000 visits.

[The Report | Philadelphia Business Journal]

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  • Tark Blimtrep

    I would have been surprised by this, but I ran into a group of 30-something Londoners last summer who explained that they came for the Art Museum, Independence Park, great restaurants, and walkable neighborhoods. They wanted to see our culture and the way we live, and they were going on about the Italian Market, NoLibs, and the KOP Mall. They were also planning a day-trip to Island Beach State Park on their last of 7 (!) days here, before heading to DC for 3 days. For me, it’s hard to see it when you grew-up here, but I also get good feedback from friends when they (finally) visit from other parts of the country as well – they always have a much better time than they expected. From people in the US, I always get “Filthadelphia,” “How many times have you been shot?,” “Did your mayor bomb anyone today?”