In 1982, a group of Philadelphia’s prominent civic and community leaders became convinced that tourism was key to the region’s economic growth.

They also recognized the need for effective marketing of the region’s extraordinary cultural and historical treasures. From these discussions, Hospitality Philadelphia Style, a 501©3 non-profit was born. Ten years later the name was changed to Philadelphia Hospitality.

The new organization’s goal was to attract cultural, corporate and professional groups to Philadelphia, and introduce them to the city’s wealth of world-class museums, historical sites, horticultural attractions, and performing arts venues.

The Philadelphia Hospitality founders realized the need to offer something truly unique to lure the type of visitor they hoped attract. The concept of offering private access as part of each tour was decided as the sure way to set the organization apart. The founders enlisted friends, family and colleagues who were avid art and antique collectors and creators of exquisite gardens. This exclusive access remains the hallmark of Philadelphia Hospitality’s programming.