Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau President and CEO Jack Ferguson, in his own words, detailed the impact of the World Meeting of Families meeting and Papal Visit. Both will generate a combined economic impact of $417.8 million for Philadelphia and the region.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As the chair of the Hospitality/Visitor Experience Committee for 8th World Meeting of Families, I’m thrilled to share that Pope Francis has officially confirmed he will be visiting Philadelphia next Sept. 25-27 for the event. This is exciting news as it is the only confirmed U.S. visit at this time!
The Holy Father is expected to visit Philadelphia to participate in the closing events of the World Meeting of Families, including the Festival of Families, an intercultural celebration of life around the world on Sept. 26, and a Papal Mass on Sept. 27 on the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. What an honor for Philadelphia, which will again take the world’s stage next year!
The theme for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families in our society. I will be asking each of you to help ensure The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection shine in this historic moment through a world-class visitor experience.