Travel Trade Newsletter - April 2015

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New in NYC

The Tour
The folks from The Ride have developed an all-new immersive experience, giving the old-fashioned tourist bus a multimillion-dollar high-tech reboot in the process. The Tour's stadium-style seating faces passengers out toward the City—the way it should be—and the floor-to-ceiling glass windows provide panoramic views of the City's most iconic landmarks. The history-rich narration from the licensed tour navigator is accompanied by interactive content displayed on an array of 40 plasma TV screens. Group rates and bookings are available.

Free in NYC
Art exhibits and outdoor concerts, talks and tours, cultural festivals and celebrations—the City has an abundance of free events to choose from every day. Our new easy-to-use Free in NYC listings make it a cinch to find the ones that can be incorporated into your travel itinerary. Looking to add value to group tours and travel packages without adding a penny to the budget? Visit

Itinerary Idea

Like a Local's Williamsburg Bites Tour
As the name suggests, Like a Local Tours prides itself on bringing an insider's eye to the City's most happening neighborhoods. The Williamsburg Bites tasting tour ventures deep into Brooklyn's artisanal-eats heartland. Stops include Momofuku Milk Bar, Best Pizza, Pies 'n' Thighs and Mast Brothers, so bring your appetite. The tour is held on Saturdays; private group tours can be arranged for other days as well.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

With New York City entering its most lovely time of the year, our spring and summer roundups will keep you apace of the best of what's going on—indoors or out. More picks abound in our must-see arts and culture guide, sports and art calendars, Broadway theater guide and comprehensive year-round events calendar.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Cherry Blossom Festival
April 1–26
Every spring the Brooklyn Botanic Garden partakes in the age-old Japanese tradition of Hanami, celebrating the arrival of the cherry blossoms. The garden's 200-plus flowering cherry trees should be going from first bud to full bloom all during the month of April (you can check the garden's blossom status map for updates). The season concludes with Sakura Matsuri, a weekend-long festival (April 25–26) featuring kabuki dance, manga drawing, tea ceremonies, taiko drumming, and arts and crafts and workshops for kids.

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 at MoMA
May 17–September 7
Yoko Ono came to New York City in the 1950s and in short order established herself as one of the most important avant-garde artists of the 20th century. Yet she looms so large in the City's (and the world's) cultural imagination, it's easy to forget just how vital her art is. MoMA provides a timely reminder with a show focusing on her groundbreaking '60s work, including films, installations, audio, objects and participatory pieces that established the parameters of conceptual art.

Hotel Updates

Newly Redesigned
Sanctuary Hotel New York
Manhattan – Times Square
111 rooms

Newly Opened
Hyatt Herald Square New York
Manhattan – Garment District
122 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 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

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