Philadelphia, PA, January 26, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- The Independence Visitor Center Corporation today announced that William Moore will step down as president and chief operating officer after 10 years of distinguished service. Moore, whose tenure began on January 1, 1999, has accepted a position as chief operating officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, a Delaware North Companies managed property. Moore has guided the nationally acclaimed visitor center from concept to completion.
“Bill Moore has demonstrated great leadership and foresight, ever-dedicated to improving the visitor’s experience and elevating the importance of tourism, both of which have proven integral to our City’s economy and fabric,” said John Estey, chairman of the Center’s board. “Since the Visitor Center first opened its doors on November 20, 2001, Bill has helped contribute to a tourism boom not experienced since the Bicentennial, making Philadelphia once again a destination worthy of both national and international attention. His presence among the City’s tourism leaders will be greatly missed.”
Under Moore’s watch, the Visitor Center has become the gateway for the region’s thriving tourism industry, serving almost 15 million visitors in just over seven years. On top of offering free, personalized trip planning assistance and an unmatched concierge desk, the facility has become home to everything a tourist could ask for – with over 600,000 brochures and maps, special programming and information kiosks that put the best of the region at the visitor’s fingertips.
The Visitor Center is a popular fixture on Independence Mall and through Moore’s leadership has helped the National Park Service and the City realize a landscaping and development project that will forever change Independence Mall. It also appropriately showcases one of the most historically important blocks in our nation. Sprawling lawns, new lighting, concerts on the mall and an outdoor café are just some of the ways the Independence Visitor Center has contributed to making Independence Mall an even more exciting and welcoming place to be.
A search is underway for Moore’s replacement.
The Independence Visitor Center, located at 6th & Market Streets, across from the Liberty Bell, provides the region’s best event and attraction information to visitors and locals alike about Independence National Historical Park, the City of Philadelphia and the countryside. Open daily at 8:30 a.m. seven days a week (with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day). For information, visit www.independencevisitorcenter.com or call 215.965.7676.