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’re highlighting some of the young people under the age of 40 who help keep the momentum going.
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. Meet 14 young ambassadors helping build Philly hype.