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December 2012

Mayor Bloomberg Announces New York City Breaks Tourism Record Again In 2012 With 52 Million Visitors
Despite Hurricane Sandy, 2012 Also a Record-Breaking Year for Tourism Spending and Overseas Visitors
City’s Tourism Industry Generated $55.3 Billion in Economic Impact and Employed 356,000 New Yorkers in the City’s Hospitality Sector Across All Five Boroughs

NYC & Company Launches First-Ever Design Collection Promotion with
19 Boutique Hotels this Winter

Two-Month Campaign Offers Hotel Visitors Exclusive Savings on Design, Art, Fashion and Culture Activities Across NYC

NYC & Company Launches Third Night Promotion with 12 Signature Collection Luxury Hotels this Winter
Two-Month Promotion Offers a Complimentary Third Night at 12 Properties
After Paying for Two Consecutive Evenings at the Prevailing Rate,
from January 2 to February 28
Saks Fifth Avenue VIP Package Offered as Extras for
Third Night Guests

NYC & Company Announces “Sample NYC Winter Sale”
Lower NYC Hotel Room Rates, Muppets-Themed Hotel Deals and Special Hotel Offers Make January and February the Perfect Time for a Getaway in New York City
Additional Winter Savings Opportunities Include
NYC Restaurant Week, Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week

NYC & Company Names the Children’s Museum of Manhattan its
Culture Spot for December 2012

The Learning Center Offers $1 Off Admission for Adults and Seniors and
10% Off in the Museum’s Store All Month Long

November 2012

NYC & Company Announces Highlights of New Year’s Eve Celebration Throughout the Five Boroughs
A Million People Will Descend on Times Square to Celebrate Annual
New Year’s Eve Tradition and Ring in 2013
Events Across All Five Boroughs Provide New Yorkers and Visitors with Diverse Options to Celebrate the Start of a New Year

Statement from NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta on the
City Council’s Passage of New Pedicab Reforms November 28, 2012

NYC & Company Welcomes the 88th Annual Greater New York Dental Meeting to New York City
More than 54,000 Visitors from Around the World to Attend
Meeting Generates More Than 17,000 Room-Nights and $85 Million in Economic Impact for the City

October 2012

NYC & Company, New York Comedy Festival and Comedy Central Announce More Events for Comedy Week, November 5–11
Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from the Network's Hit Series Key & Peele Will Perform Their First Live Show in New York City

NYC & Company and Syfy Announce Syfy HalloweeNYC Fest Free Events at Flatiron Plaza, October 26–28
Three-Day Halloween Celebration Includes Craft Decorating, Musical Performances, Magicians and Face Painting

New York City Launches New Tourism and Promotional Office in Mexico and Increases its Investment in Future of Key North American Market
Travel to NYC from Mexico Has Grown Almost 100 Percent Since 2005 and Will Continue to Expand, Welcoming Almost 400,000 Visitors in 2012
Future Marketing Investment in Mexico Will Generate Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Economic Impact for New York City

Mayor Bloomberg, NYC & Company and Tourism Cares Announce New York City will Host 10th Anniversary of Largest Tourism Volunteer Program in 2013
City’s Tourism Industry will Host Hundreds of Hospitality and Tourism Industry Professionals for 10th Anniversary Tourism Cares Volunteer Project Benefitting Brooklyn and Queens

NYC & Company and Syfy Announce the Second Annual 31 Days of Halloweenyc Celebration
October Campaign Returns with Syfy HalloweeNYC Fest, A Three-Day Halloween Festival October 26–28
Syfy Sponsors Halloween Events at NYC Parks and Collaborates with National Retailer Spirit Halloween

NYC & Company Names 92nd Street Y Culture Spot for October 2012
The Nonprofit New York City Organization Offers 20% Off Admission to Selected Talks and Readings All Month Long

September 2012

NYC & Company Testified on the Positive Impact of Tourism on Lower Manhattan
NYC & Company Outlined How the Tourism Industry Prepared for the Expected Rise in Visitation to the Neighborhood
International Visitors Spent Nearly $1 Billion Downtown in 2011

Mayor Bloomberg Unveils Plans to Build World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel and Retail Outlet Complex on Staten Island’s North Shore
At 625 Feet, Structure Will Exceed Height of Singapore Flyer, London Eye and Plans for New Wheel on Las Vegas Strip; Expected to Carry 4.5 Million Riders Per Year
470,000-Square-Foot Complex Will Feature Approximately 100 Designer Outlet Shops and a 200-Room Hotel; Together, Two Projects Will Create Over 1,200 Construction Jobs and 1,100 Permanent Jobs

NYC & Company Announces the Inaugural Matthew Sapolin Memorial Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, October 6–7
NYC Mayor’s Cup Wheelchair Basketball Tournament Renamed in Honor of Former Commissioner for Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

NYC & Company Announces Off-Broadway Week Starts Today
2-For-1 Tickets to More Than 25 Off-Broadway Productions Through September 30

NYC & Company Announces Ways for Visitors to Experience New York City’s Holiday Season Like a Local
During the Holiday Season, City’s Five Boroughs Come Alive with Both Iconic and Hidden Holiday Activities

NYC & Company, New York Comedy Festival and Comedy Central Announce the Second Annual Comedy Week, November 5–11
Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from the Network's Hit Series Key & Peele To Headline Free Comedy Week Show on Wednesday, November 7, at 8pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

NYC & Company Announces Broadway Week Starts Today
2-for-1 Tickets to Nearly 20 of New York City’s Most Popular Broadway Shows Through September 16
Dessert Deals Offered with Broadway Ticket at More Than 25 Restaurants

NYC & Company Announces Off-Broadway Week Tickets on Sale Today
2-For-1 Tickets on Sale for More Than 25 of New York City’s
Most Popular Off-Broadway Shows September 17-30

August 2012

NYC & Company Announces Off-Broadway Week Starts Today
2-For-1 Tickets to More Than 25 Off-Broadway Productions Through September 30

NYC & Company Announces Ways for Visitors to Experience New York City’s Holiday Season Like a Local
During the Holiday Season, City’s Five Boroughs Come Alive with Both Iconic and Hidden Holiday Activities

NYC & Company, New York Comedy Festival and Comedy Central Announce the Second Annual Comedy Week, November 5–11
Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from the Network's Hit Series Key & Peele To Headline Free Comedy Week Show on Wednesday, November 7, at 8pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

NYC & Company Announces Broadway Week Starts Today
2-for-1 Tickets to Nearly 20 of New York City’s Most Popular Broadway Shows Through September 16
Dessert Deals Offered with Broadway Ticket at More Than 25 Restaurants

NYC & Company Announces Off-Broadway Week Tickets on Sale Today
2-For-1 Tickets on Sale for More Than 25 of New York City’s
Most Popular Off-Broadway Shows September 17-30

NYC & Company Names Bronx Zoo and Brooklyn’s New York Aquarium Culture Spots For September 2012
The Iconic New York City Sites Offer 20% Off Discounted Admission All Month Long

NYC & Company Announces 2-for-1 Tickets This Fall During Off-Broadway Week, September 17–30
Tickets on Sale September 4 for 30 of New York City’s Most Popular Off-Broadway Shows

NYC & Company Announces Broadway Week Fall 2012 Tickets on Sale Today
2-for-1 Tickets to 19 of New York City’s Most Popular Broadway Shows September 4 to 16
Dessert Deals Offered with Broadway Ticket Stub at More Than 25 Restaurants

NYC & Company Welcomes Back the Summer 2012 New York International Gift Fair to New York City
New York City’s Largest Trade Show Expects More than 35,000 Market-Goers from 80 Countries and all 50 States
Gift Fair Generates More Than 21,000 Room-Nights and Delivers $17.2 Million in Economic Impact to the City
Nation’s Premiere Trade Show for Gifts, Home and Lifestyle; Sets Trends for the Holiday Shopping Season

NYC & Company Announces Dates For Broadway Week Fall 2012
Program Will Run September 4 to 16 with 2-for-1 Tickets to19 Broadway Shows
Dessert Deals Offered with Broadway Ticket Stub at More Than 25 Restaurants

Stores in More Than 500 Cities Nationwide to Celebrate Fashion's Night Out on September 6, 2012
Visit Fashionsnightout.com Today to View the Growing List of Exciting Events Hosted by Retailers from East Coast to West

NYC & Company Extends NYC Restaurant Week Summer Deals Through September 3 as Part of the NYC Go Prix Fixe Promotion
Nearly 150 of New York City’s Finest Restaurants Continue to Offer Three-Course Dining Deals

NYC & Company Names Mostly Mozart Festival Culture Spot for August 2012
Lincoln Center’s Annual Summer Music Series Offers Exclusive Admission Discount

July 2012

Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce Same-Sex Marriage Has Generated $259 Million in Economic Impact in the Last Year
More Than 8,200 Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued in First Year of Same-Sex Marriage

NYC & Company's Popular Dining Event, NYC Restaurant Week® Summer 2012, Starts Today
Food Luminaries to Lead Free Panel on Evolution of Dining in New York City on July 17

New York City Highlights French Culture in Anticipation of Trophée des Champions 2012
Opening of the French Soccer Season to Take Place in the US for the First Time, at Red Bull Arena, on July 28

NYC Restaurant Week® Summer 2012 Reservations Open Today With New Booking Tool, NYC & Company’s, NYC Map
Dining Program Continues Its 20th Anniversary Celebration
with 20 Days of Deals at More Than 300 Restaurants
Founding Sponsor American Express Returns with
Exclusive Cardmember Offers

NYC & Company Names Three Staten Island Institutions Culture Spot for July 2012
Staten Island Museum, Historic Richmond Town and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden Offer Monthlong 2-for-1 Admission

June 2012

NYC & Company and São Paulo Tourism Extend Cross-Promotional Partnership
Brazil is Now New York City’s Top Spending Market and Second-Largest Source of Overseas Visitors
American Airlines Offers Special Airfare of $998 Roundtrip Today through July 9; Airline to Add New Flights between Brazil and NYC to Schedule

NYC & Company and Rooftop Films Announce Summer Outdoor Movie Screenings Across the Five Boroughs
Cultural Organizations, Parks, Beaches and Outdoor Markets will Host More Than 40 Outdoor Movie Screenings June 21 through September 27 As Part of a Summer Long Five Borough Initiative

NYC & Company Announces Dates for NYC Restaurant Week® Summer 2012
Dining Program Continues to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary with Affordable Dining at More Than 300 of New York City’s Finest Restaurants From July 16 to August 10

NYC & Company Launches Third Night Promotion with 16 Signature Collection Luxury Hotels This Summer(6/18)

Promotion Offers Visitors a Complimentary Third Night at 16 Properties After They Book and Pay for Two Consecutive Evenings at the Prevailing Rate, from June 25 to September 3
Third Night Guests Will Also Receive Key to Madison Avenue Card and Saks Fifth Avenue VIP Shopping Experience

NYC & Company Names Brooklyn Botanic Garden Culture Spot for June (6/1)
New York City’s Iconic Urban Backyard Offers Monthlong 2-for-1 Admission

May 2012

NYC & Company Wins Webby Award for Best Tourism Website (5/17)
nycgo.com Awarded Top Honor by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
Winners to be Celebrated at the Hammerstein Ballroom on May 21

Nearly a Year Following Passage of Same-Sex Marriage, NYC & Company Highlights Pride Celebrations Throughout the City Over Two Months in June and July
Heritage of Pride Events to Take Place in Manhattan June 16–24; Other Pride Events to Showcase NYC Pride in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island

NYC & Company Names MoMA PS1 Culture Spot for May 2012

New York City’s Renowned Contemporary Art Museum Offers Monthlong 2-for-1 Admission

April 2012

New York City Sets New Goal to Generate $70 Billion in Tourism Annual Economic Impact by 2015
Visitor Spending Projected to Reach Record $45 Billion a Year
Fast-Growing Industry Will Also Add 30,000 Jobs in the Next Three Years

NYC & Company Encourages Fan Support for Best Tourism Website Nomination
nycgo.com Submitted for Top Honor by The Webby Awards; People’s Voice Ballot to End April 26

Mayor Bloomberg and NYC & Company Announce the Muppets as New York City's Official Family Ambassadors
Muppets Will Encourage Families to Travel to New York City in 2012 by Highlighting Family-Friendly Destinations and Attractions
In 2011, New York City Welcomed 15 Million Family Visitors, Contributing Approximately $14 Billion to New York City’s Economy

NYC & Company Partners With CityMaps to Launch NYC Map
Free, Co-Branded Mobile App Allows Residents and Visitors to Digitally and Visually Navigate the Five Boroughs

NYC & Company Names Carnegie Hall Culture Spot for April

New York City’s Historic Concert Venue Invites Visitors With 30-Day Special Offer

March 2012

NYC & Company Encourages New Yorkers to Show Their borough Pride as the City’s Top Public High School Boys and Girls Basketball Players Compete to Earn the Title “Best in the City”
Senior All-Stars from Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island Will Compete Against All-Stars from the Bronx and Queens on March 30 at CCNY’s Nat Holman Gym

NYC & Company Teams Up With Aéropostale for Exclusive T-Shirt Collection
T-Shirts Available Beginning March 29 at Select Aéropostale Stores in the United States and Canada and on Aeropostale.com

NYC & Company Welcomes Back International Expo East to New York City for 26th Year
25,000 Visitors Expected to Attend the International Eye Care and Eyewear Conference and Exhibition March 22 to 25

NYC & Company Announces New Tourism Goal and Plans for a New Global Marketing and Communications Initiative 
MasterCard Partners with the City’s Tourism and Marketing Office to Support New Effort Targeting 18- to 29-Year-Olds
New York City Sets New Tourism Goal of 55 Million Visitors to NYC Annually by 2015

NYC & Company Names The New York Botanical Garden Its Culture Spot Pick For March
The Bronx’s Iconic Site Invites Visitors with Special Offer

February 2012

NYC & Company Welcomes the Association of American Geographers to New York City

More than 8,500 Attendees from Around the World Expected for AAG’s Annual Meeting, Generating $8 Million in Economic Impact to New York City

NYC & Company Names Apollo Theater Culture Spot For February
New York City’s Iconic Landmark Welcomes Visitors with Special Discounts

January 2012

Get More NYC:  Off-Broadway Week Starts Today
Two-for-One Tickets on Sale for 39 of New York City’s Most Popular Off-Broadway Shows

NYC & Company Welcomes Back the Winter 2012 New York International Gift Fair to New York City
New York City’s Largest Trade Show Expects More Than 35,000 Market-Goers from 80 Countries and All 50 States
Gift Fair Generates More Than 21,000 Room Nights and Delivers $33 Million in Economic Impact to the City
"Driven by Design" Emphasizes Design-Driven and Fashion-Forward Resources Throughout the Market

Mayor Bloomberg Announces Revised 2011 New York City Tourism Figure - Record 50.5 Million Visitors, Higher Than Previous Estimate 
New Year-End Figure is Higher than the 50.2 Million Estimated in December

Statement of George Fertitta, CEO, NYC & Company in Response to Obama’s Tourism Speech January 19, 2012

Reasons to Love New York City This Valentine's Day

Hotels, Restaurants and Attractions Invite Residents and Visitors to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in NYC
Get More NYC: Broadway Week Starts Today
Two-For-One Tickets on Sale for 20 of New York City’s Most Popular Broadway Shows

NYC Restaurant Week® Winter 2012 Starts Monday, January 16
More Than 300 Restaurants Celebrate the Dining Program’s 20th Anniversary with Three-Course Prix-Fixe Menus Through February 10

NYC & Company Welcomes Nation's Top Retailers to the 101st Annual National Retail Federation Convention & EXPO at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
More Than 22,000 Visitors Expected to Attend Industry's Most Comprehensive Trade Show. More Than 15,000 Hotel Room Nights and $22 Million in Economic Impact to be Generated
Annual Convention to Focus on Theme "Retail's NEW Rules: Engage and Evolve"

Reservations Open Today for NYC Restaurant Week® Winter 2012
Dining Program Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary with 20 Days of Dining Deals at More Than 300 of New York City’s Finest Restaurants
Founding Sponsor American Express Returns with Cardmember Offers

Get More NYC: Off-Broadway Week 2-For-1 Tickets On Sale Tomorrow, January 4

Get More NYC: Broadway Week 2-For-1 Tickets On Sale Tomorrow, January 4
Tickets on Sale for More Than 20 of New York City’s Most Popular Broadway Shows from January 17 to February 4
Broadway Week Sweepstakes Gives Theatergoers a Chance to Win Broadway Tickets for a Year and Round-Trip Airfare