Travel Trade Newsletter – July 2015

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New in NYC

New Online Resources for Travel Trade Professionals
Planning group dining is a lot easier when you have all the options at your fingertips—so we’ve compiled an up-to-date listing of more than 100 restaurants (arranged into seven price categories, from budget to luxury). Likewise, student groups can take advantage of our listings of the City’s rich array of educational opportunities—workshops, curriculum-based programs and historical tours from world-famous museums, performing arts groups, cultural institutions and more. Check out these features and all our travel trade resources at nycandcompany.org/traveltrade.

Peopling of America Center Opens on Ellis Island
The new Peopling of America Center explores the history of immigration to the United States in the centuries before the opening of Ellis Island in 1892 and in the decades since it closed in 1954, completing the story told by the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration complex. 

Itinerary Idea

Broadway Theater
Check out our full Tony Award coverage to see who won, who lost and which tickets will be sizzling hot this summer. And make sure your clients get to see their favorite stars by booking tickets in advance. Ticketing companies such as Broadway Inbound and Group Sales Box Office/Broadway.com specialize in advance ticketing and can also arrange group programs, such as theater workshops and meet-the-artist events. Or consider a Broadway walking tour. Walkin’ Broadway serves up a tasty smorgasbord of backstage stories, secrets and intrigue behind Broadway’s greatest shows, past and present. The tour is led by a guide and accompanied by recorded audio from stars, theater professionals and music from hit shows.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

When summer arrives, New Yorkers head outdoors for free movies, free concerts, a day at the beach or a nightcap at the City’s growing roster of rooftop bars. For more things to do, indoors or out, check out our summer weekend itinerary, seasonal roundup and comprehensive events calendar.

Events

NYC Restaurant Week®
July 20–August 14
The original Restaurant Week is back for the summer—with three-course prix-fixe meals ($25 lunch, $38 dinner) at hundreds of the City’s top restaurants. Sign up on nycgo.com to receive email updates on participating venues and the start date for making reservations.

Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with the rockets’ red glare, courtesy of Macy’s. Prime viewing spots will be along Brooklyn Bridge Park and Lower Manhattan’s East River waterfront. The show starts around 9pm.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
August 8–9
The Dragon Boat races are just the headline attraction at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The lineup for the weekend-long multicultural festival includes Shaolin monks showing off their kung fu, and traditional music, food and folk arts and crafts.

US Open Tennis Championships
August 31–September 13
All eyes at Arthur Ashe Stadium will be on reigning champ Serena Williams as she makes a bid for her seventh open title and 21st grand slam victory. Rafael Nadal and five-time open winner Roger Federer will be battling for wins on the men’s side.

Exhibitions

The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Brooklyn Museum
July 10–October 4
This landmark show traces the history of the sneaker from its humble 19th-century origins through the advent of the Air Jordan to its subsequent emergence as cultural touchstone and global status symbol.

Picasso Sculpture at MoMA
September 14–February 7, 2016
For Picasso, sculpture was a personal, passionate affair whose full dimensions were only revealed to the public through major shows in the ‘60s. Now MoMA reintroduces Picasso’s iconoclastic vision to a new generation with a major show of more than 100 works.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened   
The New York Edition
Manhattan – Flatiron District
273 rooms

Newly Opened
Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View
Queens – Long Island City
183 rooms

Newly Opened
The Knickerbocker
Manhattan – Times Square
330 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet

NYC & Company Resources for the Travel Trade

NYC & Company has all your travel trade needs covered. Visit nycandcompany.org/traveltrade to access the NYC Travel Training Academy, browse neighborhood tool kits to help you sell select neighborhoods throughout the City, order collateral materials, find trip planning tips, download NYC videos and images, and more.

For More Information

Should you have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact us directly at traveltrade@nycgo.com or contact your local office. For general information, including a calendar of events and other essential information about New York City, please visit nycgo.com.