Pope’s Visit, Boom or Bust for Philadelphia?

While many Catholics around the world are glued to CNN’s coverage of the Pope’s visit to Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia this week, when it comes to seeing him live in person, it appears that more people are content to watch him from the comfort of their living room.

A report from Yahoo indicates that hotel rooms are still available for the papal visit in Philadelphia on September 26 and 27, an oddity considering that downtown Philly has just 11,000 hotel rooms. Home rental site Airbnb lists thousands of rentals available with average rates hovering around $100 per night.

“I think a lot of people have been waiting to make their reservations,” said Ed Grose, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, noting that bookings have picked up recently.

Destinations throughout the world have experience a rush of tourism surrounding Pope Francis’ visit to their country, and tourism traffic has spiked at the Vatican since 2013. While it’s expected that hotel rooms will sell out in Philadelphia, procrastinators appear to be in luck.

For more information regarding the Pope’s visit and tourism impact, visit Yahoo.