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PHILADELPHIA -- What price fame?
That's what some Philadelphia hotel managers asked themselves as they watched the city's image escalate even as their hotel revenues fell short of expectations.
"This 'summer thing' is not happening," says Charlie Hines, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, vice chairman of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and general manager of the mammoth Philadelphia Marriott on Market Street.
Contrary to conventional thinking, the Marriott's catering and room sales came up short in the days leading up to and during the week of the Republican National Convention.
Room nights booked at the Marriott, one of the city's busiest convention hotels situated adjacent to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, "dropped considerably," Hines says -- from an anticipated 12,000 to 9,000.
Moreover, catering functions were off by as much as 40 percent.
At the new Hotel Sofitel on 17th Street, General Manager …