PHILADELPHIA -- Culture-oriented Philadelphia gets a good
representation of the senior market, according to a spokeswoman for
the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp.
She said the city drew a heavy percentage of mature adults to
its convention center for the flower show in March and to the 103rd
Engineers Armory for the annual antiques show in April.
The city put together a two-day, one-night summer hotel package
that includes two tickets to the Maxfield Parrish exhibition at the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts plus a hotel discount on
additional nights' stays.
Air, rail and car rental discounts are also available to all
those visiting the exhibition. "Maxfield Parrish, 1870-1966" runs
until Sept. 25 and features more than 100 of the artist's works,
including easel paintings, mural studies, drawings and prints.
Several other institutions that feature permanent exhibits of
his works have launched displays and tours to complement the
academy's exhibit. The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present "The
Contemporaries of Maxfield Parrish" tours at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9, 12,
16, 19 and 23.
Two tickets to the Philadelphia Museum are included in the
Maxfield Parrish package. Other museums displaying Parrish's works
are the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pa. (open daily),
and the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, Del. (closed
Hotel accommodations start at $139 for the package.
Two of the participating hotels offer an AARP discount to
visitors, but not on the package. They are the Warwick Philadelphia
and the Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel. The Wyndham's package sells
for $139 for two, $159 for three and $169 for four. Additional
nights can be added for the same rate on weekdays, and $119 per
night (for two), on weekends. Children under 12 stay free.
The Warwick offers a room for two for $159, with an add-on rate
of $109, weekends or weekdays.
Both hotels pay a 10% commission on the package.
The special package rates are sometimes lower than the regular
AARP discount rates offered by the hotels. For example, the Warwick
normally gives AARP members a double room for $164 weekdays and
As an additional package incentive, US Airways is offering a 5%
to 10% discount on travel to the Maxfield Parrish exhibition,
according to the GPTMC.
Phone: (800) 334-8644, select option one and refer to Gold File
National Car Rental
Phone: (800) CAR RENT and refer to recap 5891075.
Phone: (800) USA RAIL and refer to fare order X882.
The Warwick Philadelphia
Phone: (215) 735-6000
Wyndham Franklin Plaza
Phone: (215) 448-2000
Philadelphia Visitors Center
Phone: (800) 668-5724
Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau