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A US first
Philadelphia is named a UNESCO World Heritage City
Philadelphia has been named the US’s first World Heritage City by UNESCO. The distinction is awarded to cities that have made notable contributions to the world; they also must already be home to a UNESCO World Heritage site — Independence Hall in Philly’s case, where the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776, the design of the American flag was agreed upon in 1777 and the US Constitution was drafted in 1787. There are 266 World Heritage Cities, including Lunenburg, NS and Quebec City in Canada. Italy and Spain have the most with more than 15 designations each. According to a study done by Global Philadelphia, the distinction has the potential to increase foreign tourism by at least 10 percent and revenue by US$150 million annually. For a list of all the World Heritage Cities: ovpm.org.
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