2009 press releases


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December 2009

NYC & Company and The Westin New York At Times Square Launch Project Runway Hotel Promotion (12/21)
Celebrate the Return of Lifetime Television’s Project Runway to New York City and Kick Off its Seventh Season with an Exclusive On-Location Bus Tour

NYC & Company Extends Online Shop Sale Through December 31(12/14)
Purchase Licensed New York City Merchandise at Half Price During Final Shopping Days of the Holiday Season

NYC & Company Launches Third Night Promotion With 15 Signature Collection Luxury Hotels This Winter (12/10)
Luxury Retailer Saks Fifth Avenue Partners with Hotels to Offer VIP Shopping Experience

NYC & Company Announces December Holiday Offers Exclusively For Tristate Area And Amtrak Corridor Residents (12/8)
For the Best Holiday Experience, Visit New York City This Month and Enjoy Great Values and Special Offers Available Now

New York city's Hometown Baseball Teams receive Highest Honor from City's Cultural Tourism Foundation (12/8)
Gala at the Historic Plaza Hotel Featured New York Yankees and New York Mets Baseball Legends, Mayor Bloomberg and Tourism Leaders

Megabus.com Joins NYC & Company To Announce 100,00 Free Seats To Stimulate Travel in 2010(12/8)
40,000 Free Seats Designated for travel to New York City

NYC & Company and MMPI Join Local Vendors To Welcome The First One Of a Kind Show and Sale NY with a Sneak Peek of Holiday Gifts (12/7)
More than 25,000 Holiday Shoppers Expected to Attend; Show Open to the Public December 11–13 and Offers Free Shuttle Service from Columbus Circle to Pier 94

NYC & Company and Sports Commission Launch New Online Resource Guide For People With Disabilities (12/2)
City’s Official Tourism Website to Host New Guide Dedicated to Helping New Yorkers and Visitors with Disabilities Find Information on Adaptive Sports and Recreation

November 2009

NYC & Company Celebrates Cyber Monday With Online Sale (11/25)
Purchase Licensed New York City Merchandise at Half Price From 9am to 4pm on Monday, November 30

NYC & Company Announces Harlem for The Holidays 2009 (11/24)
First- Ever Harlem For The Holiday Bazaar to be Held Sunday, December 6 At The Hip Hop Culture

Announces Holiday Gift Guide for 2009 (11/18)
Officially Licensed New York City Products Designed to Delight Kids, Cooks, Sports Fans and More This Holiday Season

NYC & Company Announces Details of New Year's Eve Celebration In New York City (11/16)
Times Square to be Focal Point for Hundreds of Thousands of Revelers and Television Viewers on December 31

NYC & Company Announces NYC Restaurant Week Winter Dates for 2010 (11/13)
Two-Week Program Returns with Same Great Prices

New York City Proclaims November 10, 2009 'Sesame Street Day' 40 Years After Show's Television Debut (11/09)
Sesame Street, NYC & Company, and the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting Celebrate With Street Naming Ceremony

NYC & Company Launches NYC Extreme Local With Special Offers At Spots in 15 Neighborhoods In Manhatten and Brooklyn (11/04)
AT&T Helps Kick Off Program with Sweepstakes for New Yorkers to Win Passes to Advance Screening of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON in Union Square

NYC & Company Travels with Tourism Delegation to London to Attend World Travel Market and Promote New York to Number One International Market (11/02)
32 Co-Exhibitors to Showcase Destination to International Travel Trade and Media During Four-Day Event Nov. 9-12

October 2009

NYC & Company Welcomes El Museo Del Barrio Back to Manhattan (10/15)
Museum’s Expansion and Renovation Coincides with 40th Anniversary Celebration and Inaugural Exhibition

NYC & Company Highlights Must- See Shows During Annual CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival October 20-24(10/14)
NYCGO.com Provides Guide for New Yorkers on Movies to See, Bands to Hear and Venues to Visit

New York City Names Intersection of Greenwich Avenue and Christopher Street in Honor of Author Maurice Sendak in Celebration of "Wild Things Week in NYC" (10/14)
Street Naming Celebrates Author of Famed Children’s Book, Where the Wild Things Are, Which Comes to Life on the Big Screen in Spike Jonze-Directed Film on October 16

NYC & Company Invites Ghouls and Goblins, Visitors and Locals to Celebrate Halloween in NYC (10/14)
This Halloween, hike a haunted hill, discover the creepy critters of the deep blue sea and become a character from your wildest dream

Commissioners Podziba and Sapolin Welcome The 2009 Mayor’s Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Presented by the Barclays/Nets Community Alliance (10/08)

Commissioner Podziba Welcomes the Mayor's Cup New York City Kayak Championships (10/08)

September 2009

NYC & Company Announces NYC: The Real Deal Fall, Highlighting Unprecedented Value This Autumn (9/29)

Mayor Bloomberg and London Mayor Johnson Sign Tourism Agreement to Boost Travel Between New York City and London (9/15)
Two-Year Agreement Includes Advertising Exchange, Sharing of Best Practices and Assistance on Publicity Events

NYC & Company and Trazzler Enter Final Round of Urban Oasis $10,000 Writing Contest (9/14)
Contest Culminating on September 18 Allows Entrants to Compete for $10,000 Writer's Residency in New York City

NYC & Company welcomes More Than 16,000 health and beauty professionals to New York City for HBA Global Expo and Conference September 15-17 (9/14)
Largest Product-Development Event and Educational Conference for the Personal Care, Fragrance, Wellness and Cosmetic Industries to Convene at Javits Center

Mayor Bloomberg, The Broadway League, Times Square Alliance and NYC & Company Kick Off 2009- 2010 Broadway Season Following Broadway's Most Successful Year Ever (9/13)
2008-09 Season was Biggest in History with 43 Show Openings, 12.15 Million Tickets Sold and $943 Million in Revenue

New York City and The Kingdom of the Netherlands Encourage New Yorkers and Visitors to Enjoy the City’s Waterfront on First-Ever Harbor Day (9/13)
More Than 150,000 Attendees Expected to Enjoy Activities and Events at Six Waterfront Sites Celebrating Dutch Heritage and Bringing NY400 Week to a Close

NYC & Company Concludes Its Second Season of "Go Local" by Inspiring New Yorkers to give back to the community (9/09)
Weekend of September 11 Offers Ways to Volunteer, Donate and Remember

Mayor Bloomberg Secretary Of The State Clinton and Netherlands Crown Prince Kick Off NY400 week aboard the Intrepid (9/8)
Six Days of Festivals and Events from September 8-13 Culminating With First-Ever Harbor Day Will Honor 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s Arrival and Celebrate City’s Revitalized Waterfront and Continued Friendship with the Dutch

NYC and The Netherlands Announce NY400 Week and Invite Residents and Visitors to Participate in Festivals and Events September 8-13 (9/3)
NYC & Company Unveils New NY400 Holland on the Hudson Visitor Guide and Debuts New Taxicab Ads to Commemorate NY400 Week

NYC & Company Highlights ways to “Go Local” while enjoying the long Labor Day Weekend (9/2)
Unofficial End of the of the Summer Season Features Outdoor Events in the City

August 2009

New York City Announces Highlights of 2009 Holiday Season (8/31)
Entertainment and Festivities Abound Throughout the Five Boroughs During Year-End Celebration

NYC & Company Challenges New Yorkers to get Physical and "Go Local" this weekend by Highlighting Unexplored Sports and Recreational Activities throughout the City (8/26)
Last Weekend in August Showcases NYC’s World of Sports

NYC & Company joins American Airlines to Announce Specially Discounted Fares from Five Large Cities to NYC- Purchase by this Friday (8/19)
New Travel Itineraries Provide Visitors with Useful Tools to Better Navigate the Five Boroughs: Kid-Friendly NYC, NYC in One Day, NYC in Three Days, and New York Eats

NYC & Company Encourages New Yorkers to Enjoy Latin Culture in the City As Part of This Week's "Go Local" Campaign (8/18)
NYC Bustling with Latin Arts and Cultural Happenings throughout Weekend of August 21

NYC & Company and GLM welcome 157th New York International Gift Fair with sneak preview of new products to be showcased at City's largest Trade Show (8/13)
Semi-Annual Show Brings in 40,000 Attendees, Generates 30,000 Hotel Room Nights and Delivers More Than $22 Million in Direct Spending to New York City

NYC & Company urges New Yorkers to "Go Retro" as a part of this week's "Go Local" campaign (8/12)
Weekend of August 14 Highlights Some of NYC’s Key Anniversaries, including Woodstock, NAACP, and NY400

NYC & Company Extends Partnership with OpSec Security as Exclusive Global Supplier for Anti-Counterfeiting Program (8/12)
Successful Enforcement of NYC Brands Benefits Consumers, City and Authorized Licensees

NYC Restaurant Week© Summer 2009 extended through Labor Day (8/4)
More Than 200 Participating Restaurants Will Offer Their NYC Restaurant Week Menus Until September 7

NYC & Company launches Urban Oasis contest in partnership with Trazzler, tapping into the power of Twitter (8/4)
Contest Culminating on September 18 Allows Entrants to Compete for $10,000 Grant to Participate in Two-Week Writers’ Residency in New York City

NYC & Company Encourages New York City Residents To “Go Local” This Weekend With “Wheel Deals” (8/5)
Weekend of August 7 Highlights Biking and Water-Related Activities as Well as City's Dutch Ties

July 2009

New York City Joins the Kingdom of The Netherlands To Announce NY400 Week, A Celebration of The Cultural Heritage and Economic Ties Between The Two Destinations (7/30)
Special Continental Airlines Fare Between Amsterdam and NYC to Result in Increased Tourism

NYC & Company Reminds New Yorkers To "Go Local" This Weekend With Suggested Ways to vacation in the City (7/30)
Weekend of August 1 Events Showcase “Relaxation with Rhythm”

New York City is the Destination for High- Altitude Brunch (7/22)
Spectacular Views and Good Food Go Hand in Hand This Summer Throughout the City’s Boroughs

NYC & Company Encourages New Yorkers Looking to Vacation this Summer to Stay Home and "Go Local" (7/22)
This Weekend, Bring the Indoors Outdoors

NYC & Company Kicks Off Second Summer of "Go Local" campaign To Encourage New Yorkers to Vacation in the City (7/15)
Campaign Highlights Free and Low-Cost Activities Throughout the City This Summer

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2009 Kicks off with Coca- Cola great tastes of summer event at Time Warner Center NYC Restaurant Week (7/9)
NYC & Company Partners with Coca-Cola, American Express and JetBlue to Produce the City’s Largest NYC Restaurant Week with Extended Dates and Even Greater Value to Diners

NYC & Company and Speaker Quinn rally with city's tourism industry to invite visitors and New Yorkers to experience summer 2009 in NYC (7/8)
On Heels of Successful July 4th Weekend, More than 50 Members of NYC’s Tourism Community, City’s Marketing and Tourism Organization Invite Visitors to the World’s Second Home

June 2009

NYC & Company Joins National Association for the Specialty Food Trade and City Harvest to Kick off 55th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City (6/25)
Specialty Food Trade Show To Generate $32.4 Million in Direct Spending to NYC’s Economy
36,000 Visitors from 90 Countries Expected During Three-Day Business to Business Show at Javits Center

New York City to Host Citywide Sports Celebration in Honor of Olympic Day at Riverbank State Park (6/19)

NYC & Company Highlights Pride Week As The Focal Point Of Its 'Rainbow Pilgrimage' Campaign Honoring The 40th Anniversary Of Stonewall (6/19)
New York City’s Marketing and Tourism Organization Spotlights Pride Week from June 20-28 on NYCGO.com with a Pride Survival Guide in Celebration of Gay History and a Yearlong Campaign Centered on Gay Activities and Institutions Throughout the Five Boroughs

NYC & Company welcomes New Legislation To License Pedicabs In New York City (6/18)
New Yorkers and Visitors to Benefit from Increased Safety Regulations Including Insurance, Lights, Seatbelts,and Weatherproof Brakes

Eight Hotels in the Signature Collection Offer a Third Night Free from July 1 to September 7,2009 (6/16)
Luxury Retailer Saks Fifth Avenue Partners with Hotels to Offer VIP Shopping Experience

New York City’s Marketing and Tourism Organization Uses New Approach to Reveal Extended NYC Restaurant Week Dates, Exclusive Inside Information on Dining Activities and Details About Early Booking (6/15)

Mayor Bloomberg and The Cooper Union Present NAACP With Plaque To Be Permanently Displayed At Site Of First Public Meeting Commemorating NAACP's Centennial Anniversary (6/9)
New York City to Host NAACP’s Centennial Convention in July, Bringing 10,000 People to City and Generating $7.5 Million in Economic Activity

NYC and Company Previews This Summer's Free and Low Cost Music Celebrations Taking Place in New York City (6/2)
From Central Park’s SummerStage to Shows on Rockefeller Plaza , New York City’s Tourism and Marketing Organization Identifies the Best Concerts to See in NYC This Season

May 2009

Mayor Bloomberg Announces “Fashion’s Night Out” (5/20)
Fashion Retailers in All Five Boroughs Will Stay Open Until 11PM and Host In-store Events on First Night of Fashion Week

NYC & Company Launches “NYC ’09” To Highlight The Incredible Opportunity And Unprecedented Value Of A Trip To New York City (5/19)
Despite Global Recession, City’s Tourism and Marketing Office Highlights Affordability and Unique Experiences in 2009 with Special Savings at NYC Hotels, Restaurants, Shows, Attractions, Museums, Shopping, Entertainment, Tours and More

Mayor Bloomberg Speaker Quinn and Council Member Mark-Viverito Launch "Nine in '09" (5/05)
New Campaign Showcases Nine Unique and Authentic Neighborhoods in all Five Boroughs and Encourages New Yorkers to Experience the World in Their Own Backyards

City of New York's Tourism And Marketing Office Joins City of Madrid And VIVA Tours to Announce New Partnership to Boost Tourism from Spain To New York City in 2009 (5/05)
Outdoor Media Campaign Throughout Spain Highlights Travel to New York City with Special Viva Tours Travel Package Offer

April 2009

April 29: Official NYC & Company Statement on the Swine Flu (downloadable PDF)

April 28: Official NYC & Company Statement on the Swine Flu (downloadable PDF)

NYC & Company Launches NYC: The Real Deal, Offering Buy One, Get the Second One 50% Off at More Than 100 Tourism-Related Businesses Throughout New York City (4/21)
First Phase of Fully Integrated Yearlong Campaign Designed to Drive Business to City’s Hotels, Attractions, Museums, Broadway, Sporting and Entertainment Venues and More

Mayor Bloomberg announces Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus is coming to Coney Island as part of 2009 Summer Season (4/17)
"The Coney Island Boom-A-Ring!" Show will join an Array of Iconic Attractions and Events set for Summer 2009 with Deals for Kids and Families

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and NYC & Company Unveil Rainbow Pilgrimage Campaign to Encourage Gay and Lesbian Travel to New York City During 40th-Anniversary Year of Stonewall Riots (4/07)
New Integrated Marketing and Communications Campaign to Showcase World’s Leading Gay and Lesbian Destination to International and Domestic Visitors in 2009

NYC & Company Publishes Official Visitor Guide for Spring 2009 (4/02)
240-page publication provides indispensable official visitor information for tourists to navigate and experience the five boroughs

March 2009

Statement on Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation/Expansion (3/26)

NYC & Company Invites New Yorkers to Find Design Inspiration at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City March 26-29 (3/25)
Show Experts Offer Recession-Friendly Small Space Solutions and Free One-on-One Design Consultations

NYC & Company Reopens Harlem Information Center at Studio Museum in Harlem (3/04)
New Facility Will Provide Timely Information to Visitors and Locals about Events and Activities in Harlem and Surrounding Neighborhoods

NYC & Company Extends Winter Deals (3/02)
NYC Restaurant Week® Winter 2009, NYC Winter Deal-O-Matic™ and Signature Collection Third Night Promotions Continue in March in Effort to Boost Tourism to New York City

February 2009

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2009 Extended Through March 20 (2/25)
More than 130 of NYC’s Top Restaurants Continue To Offer Diners the City’s Best Cuisine at a Great Value

NYC & Company Highlights the Armory Show and Armory Arts Week Through Style & Scene Hotel Promotion (2/24)
12 New York City Hotels Offer Free Admission to the Armory Show, March 5–8, and Bloomingdale’s VIP Shopping Envelope

NYC & Company Welcomes The American International Toy Fair to New York City (2/12)
More Than 30,000 Show Attendees Expected to Generate &17.2 Million in Spending for New York City

Valentine’s Day 2009: New York City Set to Woo Couples and Singles Alike (2/5)
Locals and Visitors are Invited to Embrace the City’s Romantic Backdrop
Chic New Marriage Bureau for Couples Who Want to Tie the Knot

NYC & Company Launches “On the House” To Boost Ticket Sales at More Than 30 Off-Broadway Shows and Stimulate Business at Neighborhood Dining Establishments (2/4)
Promotion Takes Place Feb. 15-March 1 and Features Two-for-One Off-Broadway Tickets and Complimentary Coca-Cola® Beverages with Purchase of Pre- or Postshow Meal at Neighborhood Restaurants

January 2009

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2009 Extended Through February 27th (1/30)
More than 150 of the City’s Top Restaurants Continue Promotion with Three-Course Prix-Fixe Lunches and Dinners

City’s Marketing And Tourism Office Launches Expanded Marketing And Communications Campaign To Boost Broadway Ticket Sales In Wake Of Economic Downturn (1/30)
NYC & Company Unveils New “Ask New York City About New York City Broadway” Ad
New Official NYC Information Center Provides Tips, Directions and Updates on Latest Broadway Shows

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Yearlong Celebration To Commemorate 400TH Anniversary Of The Dutch Arrival In New York Harbor (1/28)
NYC400 Week is September 8 – 13, 2009

NYC & Company Welcomes New York International Gift Fair to New York City (1/23)
Visitors from All 50 States and 75 Countries Expected to Generate $20 Million in Spending for NYC During Largest Trade Show of the Year
Show Uses Multiple Event Venues, Filling More than 30,000 Hotel Rooms Throughout the City

Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company Unveil State-Of-The-Art Information Center and Launch nycgo.com to Help Residents and Visitors Explore and Enjoy New York City (1/21)
Interactive Multimedia Information Center Highlighted in the Mayor’s State of the City Speech and New Website with Calendar of Cultural Events Will Provide Tools to Help People Discover the Five Boroughs
New Partnerships with Google, Travelocity, Time Out New York and Others Leverage Innovative Uses of Technology to Offer Visitors and Residents the Best New York City Content

Documentary Showcasing New York City's LGBT Culture to Air on LOGO Network (1/13)
"Out in the City" Highlights Significance of Gay and Lesbian Culture in New York City

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Sports Commission Will Integrate with NYC & Company (1/10)
Combining Agency Services Will Streamline City's Sports Marketing Efforts and Create Efficiencies While Developing New Public-Private Partnerships

NYC & Company Invites Visitors and Residents to Take Advantage of NYC Winter Deal-O-Matic Savings Program in January and February (1/8)
Savings at Hotels, Restaurants, Shops, Museums and Tours Give Visitors and Residents Added Incentive to Explore New York City

New City Clerk's Office and Marriage Bureau Opens for Business on January 12 (1/7)
Enhanced Customer Service and Stylish Design Expected to Increase Marriage Bureau’s Popularity