Travel Trade Newsletter - December 2016

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Winter Experiences in NYC

During the colder months, visitors can cut figure eights at one of the City’s many outdoor ice rinks or channel the tropics at the New York Botanical Garden, where some of the 1,200-plus orchid species native to Thailand will be on display from February 18 to April 9. Winter Jazzfest (January 5–10) will feature more than 100 performances at venues across the City, and the young and young-at-heart will enjoy the New York International Children’s Film Festival (February 17–March 19, weekends), where they can watch movies from around the world and participate in interactive filmmaking workshops.

Itinerary Idea

The American Museum of Natural History
New York’s premier science museum has a fascinating lineup of exhibits this winter. Wonders of the Arctic, a film from award-winning nature documentarian David Lickley, explores the role that ice plays in the survival of narwhals, polar bears and other species that inhabit Canada’s Baffin Island. The film runs in both 2D and 3D through March 2. Your clients can also get lost in space at the museum’s Hayden Planetarium and returning visitors will marvel at the cast of a 122-foot titanosaur, unearthed in Patagonia, that now presides over the entrance to the museum’s fossil halls.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

This December, we want to help you spread some good cheer to your clients. Here’s a look at some of the City’s most iconic holiday traditions, our exclusive gift guide and a roundup of some of the City’s best New Year’s Eve parties, along with our guide to ringing in 2017 in Times Square


New York Boat Show
January 25–29
Tens of thousands of nautical enthusiasts will make landfall at the Javits Center to size up a veritable flotilla of yachts, schooners, canoes, motorized surfboards and other seaworthy vessels. Attendees can ride boat simulators, explore the latest fishing technology and brush up on safety protocols at the Progressive Insurance Boat School. The show also features a toy-boat building workshop and photo ops with a roving band of pirates.

Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
January 28, February 5
The Year of the Rooster will kick off on January 28 with an elaborate fireworks display in Manhattan’s Chinatown. On February 5 the celebration continues with a parade through the streets of Chinatown and Little Italy, where food carts will be serving up sweet rice balls, dumplings, steamed turnip cakes and other traditional New Year dishes. Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood and Flushing, Queens, will also host Lunar New Year events in late January and early February.


Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change at the International Center of Photography
January 27–May 7
The ease with which we now create and alter digital images has disrupted traditional news reporting and begun fostering social change. This exhibition chronicles how global warming, gender fluidity, the #BlackLivesMatter movement and other contemporary social and political issues are being continuously transformed by visual culture.

Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center at the Noguchi Museum
January 18–January 7, 2018
In May 1942, Japanese-American sculptor and landscape artist Isamu Noguchi voluntarily entered a relocation camp in Poston, Arizona, hoping to leverage his cachet in the art world to improve conditions for fellow internees. This exhibition includes dozens of sculptures and archival documents that show how Noguchi’s experiences during the Second World War shaped his art.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Central Park
Manhattan – Hell’s Kitchen
226 rooms

Newly Opened
Even Hotel Midtown East
Manhattan – Midtown East
230 rooms

Newly Rebranded
Hyatt Centric Times Square New York
Manhattan – Times Square
487 rooms

Opening Soon
Aloft Long Island City Manhattan View Hotel
Queens – Long Island City
176 rooms

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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 to download your copy of the 2016 NYC Official Travel Planner.

For More Information

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