Philadelphia’s Sports Success Boosts Tourism and Revenue, Projected to Surpass Pre-Pandemic Levels by 2023


Philadelphia is on track to exceed its pre-pandemic tourism revenue by the end of 2023, according to Tourism Economics. The city’s hospitality market experienced growth in 2022, with its winning sports teams playing a pivotal role in boosting tourism. From the Phillies’ World Series run to the Union’s MLS Cup appearance and now the Eagles’ Super Bowl berth, Philadelphia’s sports teams have been attracting more tourists to the city.

“When our sports teams are winning, the city believes it attracts more tourists to stay and explore everything else Philly has to offer,” said Angela Val of Visit Philadelphia. “Our food scene, our robust arts and culture and historical institutions and landmarks.”

In 2022, sports played a significant role in boosting the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors, with the Phillies’ postseason run alone generating a $78 million economic impact on hotels, restaurants, and retail.

“The tourism and hospitality industry plays an instrumental role in strengthening Philadelphia’s economy,” said Sheila Hess from the mayor’s office.

Philadelphia is expected to see tremendous growth in visitors from around the world with the upcoming World Cup and the MLB All-Star Game, both set to take place in the city in 2026.


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