Travel Trade Newsletter — January 2015

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NYC & Company News for the Travel Trade — January 2015

Now Available: The NYC 2015 Official Travel Planner

This comprehensive guide for travel professionals is an indispensable resource for planning New York City trips and itineraries. Find out all that's new in NYC, including tours, cultural attractions, theater, nightlife, shopping and sports; as well as updated information about the City's hotels and a full calendar of exciting annual events. You can view or download the guide online or order a hard copy by contacting

New in NYC

The New York Spring Spectacular Debuts at Radio City Music Hall
The Rockettes aren't just for Christmas anymore. They're providing the high-kicking energy for a brand-new extravaganza that combines the best in hi-tech entertainment and old-school musical theater magic. It's a springtime tale of three New Yorkers whose destinies intertwine, featuring Broadway and TV star Laura Benanti (Nashville) and a creative dream team of Tony winners, including director/choreographer Warren Carlyle and creative director Diane Paulus. The show runs for a limited engagement, from March 26 to May 15.

New at the Empire State Building Observatory
The Empire State Building Observatory has long been a New York City tourist favorite, but one question that consistently crops up for those looking to take the trip to the top is, "how long is the wait?" To address this issue, the attraction has introduced a new online tool that displays in real time how long it will take to travel through the Empire State Building Experience—which includes the Sustainability and Dare to Dream exhibitions—and arrive on the 86th floor Observation Deck. The site automatically updates every two minutes, and will be sure to help any visitor plan the perfect time to experience one of NYC's signature views:

Itinerary Idea

Hush Hip Hop Tours
Born in the streets of the boogie-down Bronx in the 1970s, hip-hop has blossomed into a musical and cultural movement that's swept the world. Hush's tours present the history of hip-hop directly from the original masters who made it happen—including legendary figures like Grandmaster Caz, who wrote lyrics for "Rapper's Delight," and Kurtis Blow. Not only do the guides share their insider perspectives on key hip-hop locations and historic sites like the Apollo Theater and the Graffiti Wall of Fame, they school participants in how to rhyme and breakdance along the way. Hush offers customizes group and private tours.

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

For full coverage of the new year's coolest shows and cultural events in all five boroughs, check out our art preview, winter and spring guides and comprehensive events calendar.

Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade and Festival
February 22
Traditional dragon puppets, dancers, floats and marching bands wend their way through the streets of Chinatown to ring in the Year of the Sheep.

The New York Botanical Garden's Orchid Show: "Chandeliers"
February 28–April 19
Every winter, orchids from around the world take over the New York Botanical Garden’s landmark Victorian-style glasshouse; a dazzling orchid-bedecked chandelier high above the conservatory floor serves as the centerpiece of this year's show.

Hotel Updates

Newly Opened
Hilton Garden Inn New York/Midtown Park Avenue
Manhattan – Midtown East
232 rooms

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet.

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 on dozens of shows, including such favorites as The Lion King, Chicago, Jersey Boys and Wicked. Visit for a complete list of participating Broadway and Off-Broadway shows and dates.

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.