2011 press releases


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December 2011

NYC & Company Names The New-York Historical Society Its First Culture Spot for 2012

Newly Renovated and Reopened Cultural Institution to Offer $5 Off Admission Throughout January

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Has Attracted a Record Number of Tourists in 2011 and Crowns Honorary 50 Millionth Visitors
City Expects to Welcome 50.2 Million Visitors by the End of 2011, Breaking Record One Year Ahead of Schedule
City to Generate a Record $32 Billion in Visitor Spending and $48 Billion in Economic Impact by Year’s End

NYC & Company Announces More Value This Winter With Get More NYC Hotel Offers, Broadway Week, Off-Broadway Week and The 20th Anniversary of NYC Restaurant Week®

NYC & Company Launches Third Night Promotion With 20 Signature Collection Luxury Hotels This Winter
Two-Month Promotion Offers a Complimentary Third Night at 20 Properties After Paying for Two Consecutive Evenings at the Prevailing Rate
Key to Madison Avenue Card Offered for First Time to Third Night Customers, Providing Exclusive Access to More Than 70 Special Offers at Boutiques, Spas, Restaurants and Art Galleries

November 2011

NYC & Company Names The Bronx Museum of the Arts Culture Spot for December
Visitors to Receive a Free Family Admission Pass Valid Through June 2012

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Will Have a Record 90,000 Hotel Rooms by Year’s End, Contributing to City’s Booming Tourism Sector and Creating Jobs
2,500 New Rooms Added to City's Inventory This Year with 30 Percent of Openings Outside Manhattan; Occupancy Rates at Highest in the Nation
City's $31 Billion Tourism Industry Continues to Grow and Add Jobs, With Visitor Numbers on Pace to Break Record

NYCshop.com Adds New Products For The Holiday Season
New Items Include an NYPD Knit Cap Benefiting the Police Foundation, NYC Tote Bag and Popular Borough T-Shirts In a New Color

NYC & Company Announces Highlights of New Year's Eve Celebration
Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber Join a Million Revelers in Times Square to Say Goodbye to 2011 and Usher in 2012
Activities Across All Five Boroughs to Provide Exciting Backdrop for Visitors and Residents to Ring in the New Year

NYC & Company Designates The Metropolitan Opera as Culture Spot for November

Visitors to Receive Half Off Second Ticket for Three Productions

October 2011

New York City Tourism Hosts Broadway Meets Brazil in Sao Paulo
Travel Trade Event Provides Incentive Promotion to Increase Bookings to NYC in 2012

Only Six Days Left To Enter the Exclusive Laugh More NYC Sweepstakes
Chance to Win FREE Laugh More NYC Tickets Ends November 1
Comedy Showcase Features Comedians Michael Vecchione, Kurt Metzger and Dan Soder; Hosted by Z100’s Elvis Duran

NYC & Company Invites New Yorkers And Visitors To Experience New York Comic Con October 13-16
More than 100,000 Expected to Attend East Coast’s Largest Pop Culture Convention Celebrating Latest in Comics, Anime, Graphic Novels, Gaming, Toys and Television from around the Globe
Autograph and Panel Opportunities with Stars from Film and Television, Anime Illustrators, Premiere Authors and Cult Icons

NYC & Company Announces Get More NYC: Comedy Week, November 9-13, With New York Comedy Festival And Comedy Central
Comedy Week Highlights Include NYCF Performers Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Jo Koy, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Tracy Morgan, Russell Peters, John Pinette, Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes
Enter the Laugh More NYC Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win Tickets to an Exclusive Comedy Week Event Hosted by Z100’s Elvis Duran on November 13 at Tribeca Performing Arts Center

NYC and Seoul Announce City-to-City Partnership to Stimulate Travel Between The Two Destinations
Korean Air Offers Limited Time KRW 1,310,000 Fare from Seoul to NYC and USD $1,295 Fare from NYC to Seoul
Partnership Marks First Time New York City has Signed a Joint Tourism Agreement with a City in Asia

NYC & Company and Syfy Announce 31 Days of HalloweeNYC
October Celebration Features Halloween-Themed Events Across New York City

September 2011

NYC & Company Names Museum of the City of New York Its Culture Spot for October
Visitors To Receive Half Off Full Admission Price in Celebration

Off-Broadway Week Starts Monday, September 26

2-for-1 Tickets On Sale for More Than 25 Off-Broadway Productions

Broadway Week Starts This Sunday, September 18
2-for-1 Tickets On Sale For More Than 15 Broadway Productions

NYC & Company Announces the Great Staten Island Foodie Truck-athon is Rescheduled for September 17
Visit the St. George Esplanade and Enjoy Cuisine from Famous City Food Trucks, a Manhattan City Music DJ and St. George Sightseeing 

NYC & Company Announces the Return of Get More NYC Broadway Week with 2-for-1 Tickets this Fall 
Tickets On Sale September 5 for Several of New York City’s Most Popular Broadway Shows

NYC & Company Announces 2-for-1 Tickets This Fall With Get More NYC Off-Broadway Week 
Tickets On Sale September 5 for More Than 25 of New York City’s Most Popular Off-Broadway Shows

NYC & Company Names Repertorio Espanol Culture Spot for September
Monthly Program Promotes Cultural Tourism Throughout the Five Boroughs

The Great Staten Island Foodie Truck-athon is Postponed Due To Hurricane Irene

August 2011

 NYC & Company Reminds Foodies to Sync Their Foursquare Profiles and American Express Cards Before Dining Out During the NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011 Extension
Only Two More Weeks to Earn $5 Back on Lunch and Dinner at 200 Restaurants
More Than One Hundred Participating Eateries Have Had Their Exclusive American Express and foursquare Offers Unlocked

NYC & Company Welcomes the 2011 Student & Youth Travel Association Annual Conference to New York City

Largest Annual Gathering for Student Group Travel Professionals Helps Propel New York City as the Number One Destination in North America 

NYC & Company Encourages Visitors To Book Year-End Travel Now For Holiday Season
City's Five Boroughs Will Offer Festive Line-up of Unique Holiday Events and Programming to Entice Visitors to Book NYC

Fashionsnightout.com Unveils Its List of Retailer Events for FNO 2011

More Than 900 Events to Take Place in NYC on September 8

NYC & Company Announces New York City Hotel Packages in Celebration of Fashion's Night Out 2011
More Than 30 Hotels Will Offer Exclusive Deals in Celebration of the Third Annual Citywide Shopping Event

NYC & Company Welcomes Back The Summer 2011 New York International Gift Fair To New York City
New York City’s Largest Trade Show Expects 55,000 Market-Goers from 85 Countries and all 50 States
Gift Fair Generates More Than 21,000 Room-Nights and Delivers $42 Million in Economic Impact to the City
Show Debuts Gourmet Housewares featuring high-end kitchenware and introduces “Artisan Jewelry” and “On Trend” showcase areas; Brooklyn Quilter Haptic Lab named inaugural scholarship winner

NYC & Company Re-Launches NYCshop.com With Exclusive New York City and Agency Merchandise
New York City’s Official Online Shop to Feature Limited Edition Merchandise and Apparel Representing all Five Boroughs and Iconic City Agencies NYPD and FDNY, Among Others
New Twitter Account, @nycgoshop, to Provide Product Updates and Special Offers

July 2011

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011 to Extend Through Labor Day with 200 Restaurants

Program Extension Partners American Express and foursquare Collaborate to Deliver Exclusive Cardmember Specials
Travelocity to Host Twitter Sweepstakes for Travel Discounts

NYC & Company Names New York Aquarium Culture Spot for August

Monthly Cultural Program Offers Discounted Admission to Arts Organizations Throughout the FIve Boroughs

New York City to Host Smurfs Week NYC July 25-29

NYC & Company, Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures Animation Celebrate the Release of "The Smurfs" with Family-Friendly Events

Get More NYC and Travelocity Summer Hotel Deal Just Got Even Better
Up to 30% Off at 30 NYC Hotels and First 1,000 Travelers to Book Receive a $50 Credit* Now Through August 31; American Express Cardmembers Receive Extra 10% Off

NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta to Ring The Closing Bell at the NYSE

NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011 Kicks Off Tomorrow
Summer 2011 Features the Largest Program to Date with more than 320 Participating Restaurants

NYC & Company Welcomes Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide Finals to New York City For Its Debut, July 8-13
Premier Student Technology Competition Hosts More Than 400 of the Brightest Young Minds from 70 Countries Around the World
Event Generates Close to 4,000 Hotel Room Nights

June 2011

NYC & Company Announces NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011 to Feature More Than 320 Restaurants in its 20th Year
Largest NYC Dining Program to Date Welcomes Back Partners American Express and Travelocity 

NYC & Company Gay Marriage Legislation Statement

NYC & Company Announces the Return of Get More NYC This Summer; Promotions Start Today
American Express, American Airlines, Travelocity, THE SMURFS® and Cirque du Soleil Join NYC & Company in Offering Hotel, Flight and Retail Deals, Special Itineraries, and More This Summer

NYC Mayor's Cup Baseball All-Star Game to Take Place at MCU Park in Coney Island on Friday, June 17
Public Schools Athletic League and Catholic High School Athletic Association All-Stars Will Compete for Title of "Best in the City"

New York City Officials Welcome Cruise Canada New England Symposium To New York City (6/15)
Largest Ever Gathering of Cruise Industry Leaders in City History; Over 225 Attendees Including Six Cruise Line Presidents
NYCEDC And Carnival Cruise Lines Also Announce the Carnival Miracle Will Make New York City its Year-Round Homeport

NYC & Company Marks 10th Year Of The Signature Collection With Announcement Of Summer Third Night Promotion 
Visitors Who Book and Pay for Two Consecutive Nights at 15 Luxury NYC Hotels Get a Third Night Free Between June 27 and September 5

May 2011

Get More NYC: Lower Manhattan Begins Tomorrow, Encouraging Visitors to Experience the Revitalization of Downtown
Campaign Highlights Lower Manhattan Attractions, Shops, Restaurants, Cultural Institutions and Hotels 

NYC & Company Launches Social Media Accounts in International Markets to Expand Global Presence
Nine International Facebook and Twitter Accounts Created to Reach a Larger Audience and Promote NYC Abroad

New York City Launches Communications Effort to Encourage and Welcome World to Lower Manhattan to Experience the Rebirth of One of NYC's Most Iconic Neighborhoods
Campaign Highlights Downtown Attractions, Shops, Restaurants and Hotels; Includes New JFK Airport Welcome Program and Innovative Global Social Media Initiative
9/11Memorial Will Welcome Visitors to Lower Manhattan Beginning in September

Mayor Bloomberg and Officials Announce Campaign to Promote all of Lower Manhattan to Visitors from Around the World
NYC & Company-Designed Campaign to Highlight Downtown Attractions, Shops, Restaurants and Hotels – to be Unveiled in Full Next Week at Annual U.S. Tourism Conference – Will Begin June 1
9/11 Memorial Will Draw Visitors to Lower Manhattan Beginning in September

CIDC and NYC & Company Announce Coney Island Flicks On the Beach to Take Place This Summer (5/16) 
New Outdoor Film Series Will Run For Eight Weeks in July and August

New York City Hotel Industry Experiences Significant Growth in the Boroughs Beyond Manhattan (5/16) 
Approximately 40% of New Properties Scheduled to Open in 2011 Are Located in Boroughs Beyond Manhattan
Diversity of Hotel Brands Debut in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island

April 2011

NYC & Company Invites Locals and Visitors to Explore the Bronx this Season (4/29)
May 2011 Kicks Off 40th Annual Bronx Week

Marvel Super Heroes Join Forces with NYC Heroes (4/25)
Marvel Entertainment Partners with NYC & Company to Launch Co-Branded Merchandise Program Starring Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk with Celebrated City Agencies NYPD and FDNY, Among Others
Apparel and Accessories Line Now Available at Toys“R”Us Times Square with a Portion of Proceeds to Benefit NYC and its Charitable Foundations

NYC & Company Announces NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2011 to Take Place July 11-24 (4/21)
Summer 2011 Marks 20th Annual Year for the World's First-Ever Restaurant Week

New York City's Five Boroughs Go "Green" For Earth Day (4/15)
Locals and Visitors Encouraged to Take Part in the City's Earth Day Celebrations Starting April 16

NYC & Company Nominated for Best Tourism Website in 15th Annual Webby Awards (4/14)
Fans Encouraged to Vote for NYC Online for Top Honor in People's Voice Division Through April 28

NYC & Company and Heritage of Pride Announce Theme of This Year's NYC Pride Celebration: "Proud and Powerful" (4/7)
More than 1 Million Expected to Attend Annual New York City Pride Events, June 18–26

Mayor Bloomberg and Disney Announce Disney Cruise Line Will Make Calls in New York City (4/6)
Disney Cruise Line Will Use Manhattan Cruise Terminal as its Newest Home Port for Twenty Calls in 2012, Generating an Estimated $11 million in Direct Spending in New York City

March 2011

New York City and São Paulo Create Partnership to Cross-Promote Tourism (3/29)
American Airlines Offers Special Airfare of $1,099* Between the Two Cities to Encourage Travel
Brazil Ranks as One of NYC's Fastest-Growing Markets for Inbound Travel

NYC & Company Welcomes Back The 10th Annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show to New York City (3/15)
30,000 Visitors Expected to Discover and Shop the Best in Home Design from More Than 300 Premium Brands, Enjoy Seminars with Design World Luminaries and Special Events
Introducing The Artist Project New York Featuring a Rare Opportunity to Purchase Fine Art Directly from Emerging Artist and Established Talent

Mayor Bloomberg Kicks off Week of New York City Arts Events
The Armory Show, Art Show and Many Other Art Fairs and Exhibitions are Expected to Draw More than 60,000 Attendees and Generate More than $40 Million in Economic Activity

February 2011

NYC & Company Highlights Harlem During Black History Month with Destination: Harlem (2/4)
New Program Features Culture, Dining and Nightlife Itineraries across Harlem to Boost Travel During Black History Month
Aloft Harlem Gives Visitors and New Yorkers another Reason to Head Uptown

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 Extended Through February 27 (2/3)
NYC & Company Adds Three Weeks to Winter 2011 Dining Program; Will Feature More Than 200 Restaurants

January 2011

Love All Five Boroughs This Valentine's Day in New York City (1/25)
Experience Valentine's Day with Cultural Events, Restaurant Deals and Hotel Specials

NYC & Company Welcomes Back the Winter 2011 New York International Gift Fair to New York City (1/25)
New York City's Largest Trade Show Expects More than 35,000 Market-Goers from 85 Countries and all 50 States
Gift Fair Generates More Than 21,000 Room-Nights and Delivers $42 Million in Economic Impact to the City
Show Launches Expanded Baby & Child Division and Previews Trends in Home, Gift and Lifestyle Merchandise

Third Annual On the House Promotion Offers 2-for-1 Tickets to More Than 30 Off-Broadway Shows (1/24)
Running through February 13, On the House Also Features 2-for-1 Drink Specials at 17 Restaurants with Presentation of Ticket Stub

2011 Cruising Industry Outlook: Positive Highlights Shared by Top Cruise and Tourism Executives During Cunard Queen Elizabeth New York Maiden Call Festivities (1/13)
New York City Cruising and Related North American Economic Figures Signal Importance of Cruising Tourism Sector

New York City Launches Marketing and Promotional Campaigns to Offer Unprecedented Value to Visitors and New Yorkers This Winter (1/10)
Broadway and Restaurant Stars and Partners American Express, AT&T, American Airlines, Travelocity, Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer and Time Out New York Join NYC Tourism Industry to Promote the Get More NYC First-Ever Broadway Week, On the House Off-Broadway Promotion, NYC Restaurant Week, Hotel Deals, Flight Deals and More

NYC & Company Welcomes the National Retail Federation Convention and Expo, Celebrating 100 Years in New York City (1/6)
Convention Expects 18,500 Visitors from 68 Countries, Generating More Than 14,500 Room-Nights and Delivering $27.4MM in Economic Impact

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Drew a Record-Breaking 48.7 Million Visitors in 2010 (1/4)
Hospitality Industry Added 6,600 Jobs in Past Year While Growing to All-Time High
City Added More New Hotel Rooms and Sold More Hotel Room Nights than Ever Before, Even as Room Rates Rose