Who’s Next

Nominate someone for our latest Who’s Next list: Tourism

Know a person under the age of 40 who’s killing it in the visitor game?

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Thanks to its seminal place in U.S. history, Philly’s always been a destination for class trips and American Revolution buffs. But over the past couple of decades, it’s evolved into a serious hot spot for travelers of all kinds, from conventioneers to daytrippers to fun-seekers from around the world. Per Visit Philly, last year the region saw a record number of visitors: 42 million, up 58 percent compared to 1997 data.

In our September edition of Who’s Next, we’ll be highlighting the young people (under the age of 40) who help keep the momentum going. Maybe they’re a concierge who excels at pointing out-of-towners in the right direction. An illustrator who creates cool guide maps to the city. A key staffer at one of the area’s various tourism boards. Or an Old City tour guide who has the spiel down pat — and doesn’t even include too much spurious info along the way.

If you aren’t yet familiar with Who’s Next, which is presented by the Knight Foundation, check out the archives here. The intent of the series, comprising monthly lists of honorees and follow-up Q&As, is to introduce readers to the most dedicated young people working to shape Philadelphia. Our goal is to identify and track the next generation of leaders and influencers across a broad spectrum of fields.

Over the past two-and-a half years, we’ve showcased up-and-comers in fields that range from music to food to politics. Now we’re turning our attention to the tourism industry.

To nominate someone to be featured on Billy Penn‘s Who’s Next: Tourism list, fill out the form below — or send an email to danya@billypenn.com with “Who’s Next: Tourism” in the subject line. Please submit nominations on or before September 15.

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