Domestic Tourism Boost Philadelphia’s Center City Retail Scene

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Retailers in Philadelphia are getting a major boost from the recovery of domestic tourism back to its pre-pandemic levels, but lagging international travel is dampening a further surge, writes Jack Rogers for

A new report from JLL on prime urban retail corridors found that domestic tourism is currently above the pre-pandemic levels in six major US markets, including Philadelphia.

In September 2022, the City of Brotherly Love recorded 108 percent of domestic travel level compared to September 2019.

“While this has offered a needed boost to tourist-dependent retailers, foot traffic in these corridors will likely remain partially depressed until international tourists return,” stated the report.

Nationwide, international travel is still 66 percent lower than its pre-pandemic levels even with the easing of restrictions for international tourists from a year ago. Additionally the continuation of work from home is continuing to slow down the retail recovery.

“Prime corridors that draw from existing residential populations have recovered faster than those located near central business districts, which are still awaiting the full return of office workers and international tourists,” said the report.

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