WASHINGTON -- After blocking rooms for the NBA All-Star Game,
Philadelphia hoteliers are trying to recover from the cancellation
of the four-night extravaganza by offering deals for Valentine's
Eighteen hotels had blocked off 5,000 rooms for the event in
The city is cosponsoring a "Love is More Than a Game" campaign
to promote hotel deals for Valentine's Day weekend. The city also
is extending the hours of its annual jazz festival to encourage
people to stay overnight.
Participating hotels are offering a special rate and amenities,
and some cultural organizations are offering a two-for-one
admission to visitors who present their hotel keys or folders.
For a list of participants and other information, agents can
call (800) 537-7676.
The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association estimates about 20%
of the blocked-off room nights have been filled.