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travel trade Winter 2010

 
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WINTER 2010
NYC & Company''s Travel Trade Newsletter

Happy New Year! Now that the excitement of the holidays is over, planning a trip to New York City could be just the thing to stave off the inevitable winter doldrums. Read on for information and updates about the latest and greatest in NYC, including:

  • Value-added offers
  • New itinerary ideas, including exceptional exhibits and coming shows
  • Hotel updates

Value-added offers
Download the NYC: The Real Deal® Winter 2010 offers on shopping, dining, entertainment and more to give to clients who will be visiting NYC from January 4 to February 28.

NYC Restaurant Week® Winter 2010 begins January 25 and runs through February 7, with three-course prix-fixe meals for $24.07 (lunch) and $35 (dinner), excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Saturdays are excluded; Sunday participation is optional. Visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek for a full list of participating restaurants.

Looking for new itinerary ideas?
Recent additions to the City''s attractions include the Museum of Chinese in America and the reopening of El Museo del Barrio, both of which reflect the cultural diversity of New York City and showcase the accomplishments of various individuals and the contributions of these cultures to the City and the country.

Another addition is the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site in Lower Manhattan, where visitors can learn about the building of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site. Take a peek at real-time images of the construction and share personal 9/11 stories, which may be used in future museum projects. The 9/11 Memorial Preview Site is at 20 Vesey Street between Church Street and Broadway, across from St. Paul''s Chapel, and is open Monday-Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-7pm; Thursday, 10am-9pm; and Sunday, 10am-6pm.

NYC, home to America''s first pizzeria, is the place where the pizza pie was perfected. That''s why Scott Wiener of Scott''s Pizza Tours and Tony Muia of A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours each offer delicious forays for hungry guests to sample the City''s finest pies. Learn more from our NYC pizza connoisseurs.

Special Exhibits Opening in Spring
Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 27–August 1, 2010): This exhibition of 150 paintings, drawings, sculpture and prints by Pablo Picasso explores the museum''s extensive collection of the master''s works.

King Tut at the Discovery Times Square Exposition (April 28, 2010–January 2, 2011): Experience the world of the pharaohs through 10 galleries, including 130 artifacts from ancient Egypt. The exhibition, which is returning to New York City after more than 30 years, presents relics found in the boy king''s tomb, including the crown on his head and the gold coffinette he was buried in.

Broadway Updates
Many Broadway shows offer non-English speakers free translations in multiple languages. The Miracle Worker—starring Academy Award–nominated Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller and Tony Award–nominated Alison Pill as her dedicated teacher, Annie Sullivan—offers free translations in Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese. The revival, which begins preview performances on February 12, is the first drama to offer this service.

Additional Broadway shows scheduled to open this spring include:
The Addams Family (April)—the favorite freaky family comes to Broadway in a new musical starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth
La Cage aux Folles (April)—the tale of an unusual night club and its curious characters, starring Kelsey Grammer
Sondheim on Sondheim (April)—the life and work of the acclaimed composer, told through his own lyrics and music

Hotel updates
2010 promises to be a prolific year for hotel development, with more than 6,800 rooms slated to open in 32 properties, including the W New York Downtown, InterContinental New York Times Square, Andaz Wall Street, Andaz Fifth Avenue, Trump SoHo New York and Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel. View our Hotel Development Fact Sheet for more information.

NYC Online Training Academy
Become a New York City Specialist and learn insider information on the City''s hotels, shopping, dining, culture and more. Register now at nycgo.com/training. The program is currently available in Australia, BeNeLux, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Spain and the United Kingdom. We are in the process of expanding the program to additional markets, so please check back if your country is not listed here.

The NYC & Company Travel Trade Pass, which provides special offers for travel professionals visiting the City, now includes additional offers exclusive to New York City Specialists who have successfully completed the Online Training Academy.

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.