September 24, 2015
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and officials from the tourism and hospitality industry told journalists from around the country – and the world – that Philadelphia is ready to host Pope Francis.
The city is "on the world stage," said Jack Ferguson of the city convention and visitors office.
Nutter said the city is "excited" and "prepared," though he cautioned that "a significant amount of work" must be done Thursday night and Friday in advance of the pope's arrival Saturday.
And while he ballyhooed an optimistic headline about the hospitality industry being upbeat, the mayor once again encouraged fence-sitters to book a room, take public transit, and stay in the city while the pope is here.
Meryl Levitz of Visit Philadelphia said the city has experienced "a magical transformation" preparing for the pope.