Travel Trade Newsletter - December 2014

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NYC & Company News for the Travel Trade — December 2014

New in NYC

Taylor Swift Named New York City's New Global Welcome Ambassador
New York has always been a city that opens its arms wide to newcomers. Now pop superstar Taylor Swift, who moved from Nashville to the City this year, is sharing her enthusiasm for her new home with the world as the City's Global Welcome Ambassador. Her new song "Welcome to New York" sets the tone for our worldwide tourism campaign, and Swift shares what she loves about the City in a series of videos on

One World Observatory Now Accepting Group Reservations
One World Trade Center, America's tallest building, has opened its doors for business—and its One World Observatory is accepting group reservations in advance of its grand opening in spring 2015. Expect breathtaking panoramic views of NYC, New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty from about 1,250 feet above street level. Travel professionals can book groups of 20 or more now (individual tickets won't be available until early 2015).

Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital Opens to the Public
Once the largest public health facility in the country, the historic hospital buildings on Ellis Island were shuttered and abandoned 60 years ago. Now they are reopening to the public for guided tours of the mortuary, autopsy room and laundry building, among other areas, along with a special exhibition, Unframed — Ellis Island, by French artist JR. Spots for these "hard hat" tours are limited and have already sold out through 2014, but reservations can now be made for January through May. (Keep in mind that walking surfaces at the complex may be uneven and that there are no elevators.)

Itinerary Idea

B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
A Times Square institution, this music venue and supper club books top names in blues, R&B and rock and roll while serving a menu of tasty American standards. Within the club is blues bar Lucille's Grill, where visitors can dine and hear live local acts every night without paying a cover. Groups also love the Beatles Brunch on Saturday and the Gospel Brunch on Sunday, when the Harlem Gospel Choir raises the rafters. Group rates, VIP packages and private rentals are all available.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Paper Factory Hotel
Queens – Long Island City
123 rooms

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NYC & Company Signature Programs

This winter, visitors to New York City can take advantage of some of our most popular programs.

Broadway Week and Off-Broadway Week
Get two-for-one ticket deals to the best in New York City theater, both uptown and downtown. Broadway Week runs from January 20 to February 5; tickets go on sale January 9. Its sister promotion, Off-Broadway Week, follows soon after, from February 23 to March 8, with sales starting on February 9. Follow the links above for updates on participating shows.

NYC Restaurant Week
The original and much imitated Restaurant Week, a New York tradition since 1992, returns for its Winter 2015 engagement. From February 16 to March 6, hundreds of the City's finest restaurants will be offering three-course prix-fixe lunches for $25 and dinners for $38. For details on participating restaurants and menus, and to make reservations (starting February 2), visit

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.