Philadelphia’s fantastic array of restaurants and her wonderful hospitality Industry are in the spotlight again, this time it is more good news for diners, visitors, employers, tourists and the United States reputation abroad!
Yes, Philadelphia PA USA is now officially the very first City in the United States History to be named a ‘World Heritage City’ on par with Paris, Jerusalem and Cairo and we never would have done it without the fabulous Philly Hospitality Industry Best Standards.
Becoming voted a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage Cities Program is an honor based on a place’s historical influence on human events. But it is not just history that counts, the cities included have to measure up to current present day standards also.
Being America’s birth place and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States as well as the location of the Liberty Bell and many other historically significant instances in America’s colorful past qualifies Philly for consideration without question. Already having an UNESCO site like Philadelphia’s famous Independence Hall also helps bring Philly to the attention of the voters. But it is Philadelphia right now, today that sealed the deal.
Just last week Philadelphia’s Mayor Nutter made human rights history again by signing some aggressive reform amendments to Philadelphia’s iconic ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinate which seriously forces employers to revise the way they have been screening job applicants concerning how, when and if companies can ask an job applicant about their past criminal records. Let’s look at some of the other recent laws and reforms that Philadelphia has passed within the past few years to lead the way on making the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection as well as the world a better place for us all.
For the past decade Philly food and beverage servers have fast become impressive beacons of the Global and National Hospitality Industry ‘best standards’ reform by embracing stricter than average, healthier food handling laws.
In January of 2007, it became illegal to smoke in all Philadelphia eateries, bars or workplaces including no smoking in outdoor seating areas as well as prohibiting lighting up within twenty feet of any commercial building entrance.
Just one month later, in February of 2007, Philadelphia made nutritional health, history by outlawing all citywide restaurants, bars, caterers and even mobile food carts and street fair vendors from frying foods in unhealthy, trans fat-based products, defined as any oil containing more than half a gram of trans fat per serving. The ruling also banned serving trans fat-rich spreads throughout Philly territory.
On January 1st, 2010, another ground breaking Philadelphia Restaurant Industry Law, which many still say is the strongest nutritional Hospitality Industry mandate in USA history to date, went into effect requiring all chain restaurants that operate more than 15 restaurant locations to post the calories of all their dishes on menu boards, plus note the calories, saturated and trans fat amounts, sodium content and carbohydrate counts on all their printed menus.
In 2011, by executive order, what started as a citywide restaurant and bar smoking ban was extended to include no smoking on playgrounds and all children recreational areas including pools. Then, in April of 2014 Philly’s Mayor Nutter added public parks to the no smoking ban.
Earlier this year the push for a smoke free Philly took another leap forward when Philadelphia became the largest city in the nation to forbid smoking inside all public housing authority homes as well as on all public housing managed property except in specially designated ‘smoking allowed’ areas.
“The City of Philadelphia is a top tourist stop for international as well as national visitors especially for U.S. history buffs and people interested in freedom fight lure and human rights.” States, Jyll Chablis, Hospitality Sales Coach at Philadelphia Restaurant Consultant. “If local Philly businesses want our tourist trade to build to the prestigious levels Philadelphia deserves, we certainly have to leverage our colorful past, as we are doing, but the Millennials are the most health conscience generation to date. Studies show the young generation vacations in healthy places that promote healthy living and support the green, environmentally conscience mentality!”
According to stats published by the U.S. Census Bureau, well over three and a half billion dollars are collected in foodservice and accommodation sales in Philadelphia PA Annually.
Philly’s history for shaping lifestyle policy around the world as well as in the United States dates back hundreds of years and is well documented in numerous history books. Philadelphia has a reputation for fighting for what is right and just for all people, so there is no reason to be taken back by the tough standards Philadelphia places on their restaurants and bars owners, managers, food and beverage prep workers and service staffs.
When it comes to protecting the health of the City’s citizens and her visitors, Philadelphia holds no punches. There are strict Federal and State Laws governing how a food service business can operate in the USA but the City of Philadelphia Pennsylvania has upped the ante concerning food handling safety and sanitation requirements for businesses wishing to sell food and beverages inside the Philly boundaries.
Protecting tourists and locals from food related illness has to be a top priority for any City, town or resort area that relies on tourism for a large part of its economic success. Maybe that is why Philadelphia was listed as the #1 travel destination in the US and #3 in the world in the New York Times recent article – 52 Places to Go in 2015.
What does this all mean for you the diner and visiting Philly tourists? Stricter enforced rules assure the diner gets better, tastier and healthier meals, made under safer, cleaner conditions using better quality ingredients and more frequently inspected equipment resulting in much more healthy eating and drinking. The Philadelphia food service worker is more knowledgeable about food safety and thus can supply a higher level, better caliber of service to customers than diners would normally get in other less regulated parts of the globe.
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Philadelphia Department of
Licenses and Inspections work hard to assure diners inside the city limits, peace of mind. You can thoroughly enjoy seeing the sights knowing when you stop to grab a snack or have a beverage you’ll be eating and drinking the very best, healthiest prepared cuisine and beverages served the globe over.
Did you know that in 2012, Philadelphia PA became the largest city to be deemed a Green Power Community? Green Power Communities are towns and cities that meet or exceed the EPA’s program requirements for purchasing green power. Shouldn’t your family’s next vacation be to Philadelphia PA USA?
Congratulations to all Philadelphians especially the Hospitality Industry Workers for helping to make Philadelphia the USA’s first ‘World Heritage City’!