NYC & COMPANY ENCOURAGES FAN SUPPORT FOR BEST TOURISM WEBSITE NOMINATION

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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

New York City (April 17, 2012)—NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today encouraged NYC locals, visitors and fans to show their support for the five boroughs by voting nycgo.com the Best Tourism Website in this year’s 16th annual Webby Awards. The international competition recognizes excellence in websites, interactive advertising, mobile and apps, and online film and video. The Webby Awards, considered the Internet's highest honor, are given each year to two winners from each category by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and by the general public, who vote online during the People’s Voice ballot period—this year ending April 26. NYC & Company launched nycgo.com three years ago to provide visitors and New York City residents with comprehensive up-to-date content and interactive tools to better plan their trip and navigate their way around the City’s five boroughs.

“NYC & Company is proud to be named a nominee by The Webby Awards for Best Tourism Website this year—the third in a row for us,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “Since 2009 we’ve strived to continually develop nycgo.com in order to better attract, engage and serve our users. We’re honored to be recognized as a top-notch global contender.”

nycgo.com serves as an in-depth, one-stop hub of current information for visitors and locals tailored to varying interests, preferences, lifestyles and budgets. The website, which was developed with interactive agency Huge, Inc., works with such partners as Travelocity, Telecharge, Ticketmaster and OpenTable, powering bookings for hotels, flights, car rentals, vacation packages, event tickets and restaurant reservations.

Through April 26, NYC & Company fans can cast their vote in The Webby People's Voice Awards at pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/50. Winners will be announced on May 21, 2012 at an awards ceremony hosted by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt. To watch the HD show live that evening, visit webbyawards.com.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, an organization founded in 1998 to encourage creative, technical and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. The academy selects nominees and winners based on interactive creativity, establishes best practices on a yearly basis, and pushes the standards of web development.

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 the official source on all there is to see and do in New York City, go to nycgo.com.

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Contact:     Francisca Ovalle/NYC & Company     212 484 1270