Hospitality crowd nearly drowns out Nutter’s speech

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 Mayor Michael Nutter speaks before the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (Tom MacDonald/for NewsWorks)

Mayor Michael Nutter speaks before the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (Tom MacDonald/for NewsWorks)

What would happen if Philadelphia’s mayor gave a speech and no one listened?

That almost happened Wednesday.

 

When speaking before the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mayor Michael Nutter called for more funding to promote the city’s PHL marketing initiative.

“The city of Philadelphia, our government, must increase our own city funding in order to better support the marketing and promotion of our city and our region across America and around the world,” he said.

The problem was the crowd wasn’t really paying attention, which the mayor admitted afterward.

“I think there were a number of folks who heard what I was saying — in between what they were saying,” Nutter said. “We were all kind of singing and talking at the same time.”

Nutter wouldn’t specify where he will find the money to increase the city’s marketing muscle.

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