THAT’S A WRAP: TEMPLE UNIVERSITY AND PHILADELPHIA MARKETPLACE FOOD & SHOPS PARTNER FOR HOLIDAY PROMOTION

Students Manage Airport’s Annual Gift Wrapping Station

PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 14, 2011) — Students from Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) have a new assignment this holiday season. In partnership with the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), Temple’s STHM students will manage and operate the airport’s annual gift wrapping station.

From Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, passengers and employees can have holiday gifts wrapped by the students, free of charge. Gift wrapping is available daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the B/C Connector. (Must show a receipt from an airport retailer to qualify.) Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops features more than 160 retail options, offering passengers guaranteed street pricing on the latest apparel, shoes, technology, jewelry, accessories and more. Since the program’s inception, this is Philadelphia Marketplace’s first ever partnership with a Greater Philadelphia university.

“The partnership with the Marketplace is another example of our deep relationship with the Philadelphia International Airport,” said Dr. Elizabeth H. Barber, Associate Dean of Temple’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management. “The school wants to be a part of the dynamic tourism industry in the city, and what better place to make an impact than be in a frontline position to interact with visitors—at either their first stop or their last stop while they are visiting our city.”

To thank students for volunteering their time and talents, Marketplace Philadelphia Management will make a $5,000 donation to Temple University. Student professional organizations participating in the gift wrapping program include the STHM Student Association, National Society of Minorities in Hospitality, Meeting Professionals International and the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

“Teaming up with Temple students allows us to help showcase their talents, while offering the opportunity to gain real world experience in the tourism and hospitality industry,” said Clarence LeJeune, President of the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops. “It’s our hope that this complimentary service will put PHL passengers in the holiday spirit.”

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ABOUT TEMPLE’S SCHOOL OF TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT

Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (STHM) is recognized as a model of excellence and a school of choice for the most diverse, academically talented individuals preparing for careers in sport, recreation, and tourism and hospitality management. It is a preeminent center for innovative education and research. STHM is also home to the Sport Industry Research Center and the world’s only National Laboratory for Tourism & eCommerce. A leader in cutting-edge executive education, STHM is a major producer of the next generation of faculty and research scholars, event producers and industry leaders. www.sthm.temple.eduwww.sthm.temple.edu

ABOUT MARKETPLACE PHILADELPHIA MANAGEMENT LLC.

MarketPlace Philadelphia Management is the manager of the food and retail program throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning food and retail program consists of stores and eateries throughout all seven terminals at Philadelphia International Airport. The airport features more than 160 in-line stores, restaurants and services, plus more than 30 specialty retail units. MarketPlace Philadelphia Management is the local management company for MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based retail development firm that partners with airports and airlines to develop, lease, and manage airport retail programs. MarketPlace is an affiliate of New England Development, a full-service development company based in Newton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.philamarketplace.com Follow us on Twitter @phlfoodandshops and become a fan on Facebook.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Emily Watts
For MarketPlace Philadelphia Management
610-768-3700 x308
emily@hornercom.com

Anna DiGregorio
MarketPlace Philadelphia Management
215-937-1200
adigregorio@philamarketplace.com

Brandon Lausch
Temple University
215-204-4115
blausch@temple.edu