The team at the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia would like to pause this Holiday Season to say “Thank You” for your unwavering commitment to our organization and the prosperity of the Greater Philadelphia Region. Looking back on this past year, we see just how lucky we are to have people like you supporting us.
Throughout 2020, we have been busy adapting to the new virtual business environment, providing virtual educational events, and developing strategies to keep our Member companies engaged globally. As challenging as this year has been, our team has successfully continued to provide the top-tier programming and trade assistance you have come to expect. Therefore, in observance of the Christmas holiday and to celebrate a year of exceptionally hard work, we will be closed from Thursday, December 24 and will reopen Monday, January 4. And our 2020 Annual Review is out now!
Sending you warm wishes this Holiday Season, and hoping to see you in person sometime soon in the New Year!
The WTCGP Team
Written By: Heather Redfern
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will welcome Eastern Airlines as its newest air service partner on December 14. The Wayne, Pa.-based carrier will offer nonstop service between Philadelphia and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“Having Eastern as one of our partners supports a local company and helps connect underserved markets to the Greater Philadelphia region,” said PHL CEO Chellie Cameron. “So much of travel right now is Visiting Friends and Relatives [VFR]. Yet many Philadelphia-area residents have been unable to make direct connections to visit loved ones from their home airport. By offering destinations like Port-Au-Prince and Santo Domingo from Philadelphia, Eastern is making travel more accessible to so many of our neighbors when they are ready to travel.”
Eastern will launch its PHL service with nonstop flights twice per week to Port-Au-Prince (PAP) and Santo Domingo (SDQ). The airline will use Boeing 767 aircraft, which also allows Eastern to carry cargo. Eastern offers passengers the highest baggage allowance at PHL—up to six checked bags (first two checked bags, up to 70lbs/32kg, are free). Information about the new airline, destinations, baggage policy and service can be found at goeasternair.com.
“We are excited to launch service at our hometown airport, and to offer more non-stop options to the Philadelphia community. With an all-widebody fleet, Eastern is able to carry more of what our customers want to bring on their journeys," said Eastern's CEO Steve Harfst. "Additionally, we are confident that our warm, friendly service will earn this city’s affection and help us to invest here long-term. Philly, pack your bags – we’ll carry them!”
GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and support their communities.
The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia (WTCGP) is the go-to non-profit agency for small and medium-sized businesses conducting business internationally, and now more than ever it is critical to continue our work. Since 2002 we have helped companies generate over $2 Billion in global exports, resulting in the creation of over 26,000 jobs for Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey!
During this pandemic, we have been busy providing virtual educational events and daily assistance to companies. To better understand our impact, you need only read our collection of Member Success Stories. On this GivingTuesday, be sure to follow along on social media as we celebrate the incredible work of numerous Members on social media all day long!
We know that the global economy will rebound from this, and when it does, the Greater Philadelphia region will be busier than ever. Throughout the pandemic we have been working closely with over 300 World Trade Centers that continue to operate to maintain the flow of essential goods and services to our region - especially medical equipment and supplies.
How can you help?
For GivingTuesday, we are asking individuals who care about the economic prosperity of our region, to contribute to WTCGP by giving a charitable gift. Your donation, no matter what size, allows us to hold webinars, provide unparalleled trade assistance, and continue our day-to-day operations.
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We want to make sure everyone can get involved, so below is a list of non-monetary ways you can help WTCGP today for GivingTuesday:
Your assistance will accelerate Greater Philadelphia’s recovery through our programs dedicated to small businesses and to under-served communities as well as expanding important global growth opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses that have been among the most-severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
To our supporters, we offer a sincere thank you. Together we can make our mission a reality - To bring growth and prosperity to businesses, communities, and neighborhoods in Greater Philadelphia and worldwide through global trade and investment.