NYC & COMPANY WELCOMES MORE THAN 40,000 ATTENDEES TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THE 110TH ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE NEW YORK BOAT SHOW

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NYC & COMPANY WELCOMES MORE THAN 40,000 ATTENDEES TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THE 110TH ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE NEW YORK BOAT SHOW

—More Than 40,000 Visitors Expected to Attend the World’s First and Longest-Running Boat Show from January 21-25—

New York City (January 21, 2015) – NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, welcomes the 110th Annual Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show to New York City. Starting today and running through Sunday, January 25, the five-day convention, which is being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is expected to bring more than 40,000 people and more than 250 boats to the City. This year, nearly 275 companies are expected to display the latest luxury motor yachts, sport fishers, performance boats, sailboats, and new marine technologies and accessories at the show.

“We are pleased to welcome back the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show for its 110th Anniversary, and that it continues to call New York City and the newly-renovated Javits Center home,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “This iconic event draws visitors from far and near, and we are confident that this year’s show will continue to remind people why New York City is the perfect place to convene.”

Among the offerings at the 110th Annual Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show are an antique engines exhibit; hands-on tutorials hosted by the Progressive Insurance Boat School; a series of seminars produced by the Recreational Fishing Alliance featuring tips and tools from top fishing professionals; demonstrations to teach visitors everything they need to know about engine maintenance and repair; as well as an abundance of boat-themed giveaways.

"We are proud to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of a New York tradition with this year's Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show,” said the Show’s Manager, Jon Pritko. “Boat buyers and dreamers alike will love to see and shop hundreds of boats and thousands of marine accessories in the heart of New York City."

The Fire Department of New York will kick off its 150th anniversary celebration with special programming at the 110th Annual Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show where patrons can learn about historic FDNY rescues including the September 11 attacks and Hurricane Sandy response. The FDNY also will host a photo contest where guests who take a selfie with one of NYC's bravest and use the hashtag #FDNY150 will have the chance to win a ride for four on a real FDNY fireboat.

Tickets for the 2015 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show are $15 for adults and free for children 15 and under when accompanied by an adult. For complete information on exhibitors, features, hours, tickets and more, visit NYBoatShow.com. Guests can save $3 off of each full-price adult ticket by using the code NYCGO when purchasing tickets online at NYBoatShow.com.

In 2014 New York City welcomed an estimated 6.1 million meeting and convention delegates, up from 5.9 million delegates who spent approximately $5 billion in the five boroughs in 2013. An important contributor to New York City’s tourism industry, MICE visitation from around the globe continues to increase each year.

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit nycgo.com.  

About Progressive Insurance ® New York Boat Show:
The Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world's largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit nmma.org.

About Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York:
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York is New York City’s primary venue for large conventions, exhibitions and major trade shows. Home to many of the top 200 trade shows, Javits hosts nearly 150 events with an average attendance of 2.5 million per year. These events are key contributors to the city and state economies, stimulating direct and indirect employment, economic activity, tax revenues and strongly supporting the city’s hotel, restaurant, tourism and entertainment industries. For more information log onto javitscenter.com.

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Contact: NYC & Company / Chris Heywood 212-484-1270
          NYC & Company / Britt Hijkoop 212-484-1270
                    New York Boat Show / Carrie Waible 646-532-6730