Tourism industry keeps fingers crossed about Philadelphia flash mobs’ effects

    Philadelphia officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief after the weekend came and went without another flashmob. While officials investigate last weekend’s chaos in which hundreds of youth stormed South Street, the city’s tourism industry is keeping its fingers crossed.

    Philadelphia officials are breathing a collective sigh of relief after the weekend came and went without another flashmob. While officials investigate last weekend’s chaos in which hundreds of youth stormed South Street, the city’s tourism industry is keeping its fingers crossed.

    Philadelphia’s rich history draws visitors from far and wide to see the Liberty Bell, or take a stroll down Elfreth’s Alley.

    Jack Ferguson is the Executive Vice President of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

    He says a few potential visitors have contacted the group with safety concerns about flash mobs.

    “We always reach out to them and say it’s an isolated incident and that the city and the police force and major stakeholders in the city are working towards resolving the issue,” Ferguson said.

    Ferguson says potential visitors may look into the flash mob incidents, but he doubts fears of a repeat will stop them from visiting Philadelphia.

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