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travel trade winter 2011

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NYC & Company''s Travel Trade Newsletter

Now that the rush of the holiday season is behind us, it''s time for new beginnings and resolutions—and more opportunities to explore New York City. The winter season brings crisp, invigorating air and powdery snow to NYC, and there''s plenty to do and see here all winter long. Plus, since there can be a lull after the busy holiday season, the first quarter brings some of the best rates of the year for travel to and around the City.

Value-added offers
Get More NYC, a program spotlighting New York City as the place where everyone can see more, be more and get more, continues into the winter months. Through February 28, visitors can get more with great hotel deals, and from January 24 to February 28, they can earn triple Membership Rewards points on purchases when they use their registered American Express Card at participating merchants.

NYC Restaurant Week is back from January 24 to February 6, with the help of founding sponsor American Express and our new participating sponsor, Travelocity. More than 300 restaurants—both time-honored establishments and buzz-worthy newcomers—will take part in the program. The price for a three-course lunch is set at $24.07, a reminder that the City is open 24/7, while dinner is set at $35—fares that have remained the same since 2006.

NYC & Company, in partnership with the Off-Broadway League, again is offering two-for-one tickets with its On the House program to encourage patrons to experience the unique offerings of Off Broadway from January 24 to February 13 (tickets go on sale January 10). Meanwhile, Broadway Week features two-for-one tickets to some of the City''s hottest Broadway shows from January 24 to February 10 (tickets go on sale January 10 for the general public).

New in NYC
With a Downtown Culture Pass, save up to $50 on nine of Lower Manhattan''s cultural attractions, including the Fraunces Tavern Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian and Wall Street Walks. Tickets are just $25 for adults, $15 for teens ages 13–17 and $5 for children ages 6–12. Buy passes online at

A new East River ferry service running from Brooklyn to Manhattan will be tested early this spring. The service, which will replace the existing route, will run north- and southbound along the following stops: Hunters Point South in Long Island City; India Street in Greenpoint; North 6th Street and South 8th Street in Williamsburg; Fulton Ferry; and Wall Street in Manhattan. The service will run at least every 20 minutes during peak hours, seven days a week, from 7am to 8pm.

The Museum of the Moving Image, the only institution in the United States dedicated to the art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media, reopens on January 15 after a monumental renovation that has doubled the museum''s size.

Gray Line New York, which has been offering a wide range of City sightseeing tours for 84 years, has added three new ones for culinary adventurers. Tastes of Chinatown; the Original East Village Food, Drinks and Cultural Tour; and the Ultimate New York Food and Cultural Tour in the Village will be offered year-round.

Beginning in late 2011, the interior of the Statue of Liberty will be closed for up to 12 months to enhance the security and safety of the monument. During this time, which coincides with the statue''s 125th birthday, visitors will still be able to take the ferry and walk around the park where Lady Liberty stands.

New itinerary ideas
For FIT clients or groups tours that are not fully escorted, there are still some great options for getting around easily.

This winter, warm up with cool jazz and blues. Join Big Apple Jazz Tours as jazz aficionado Gordon Polatnick guides music fans through the intimate Greenwich Village and Harlem clubs where today''s most talented musicians play. Some tours include stops for Harlem soul food to complement the soulful music or a chance to join a jam session.

Skip the long ticket lines and save up to 50% on admission to New York City''s must-see and must-do attractions. New York CityPASS contains express tickets to the Empire State Building Observatory, the Museum of Modern Art and more. And with the current Winter Special, CityPASS holders will have until February 28 to redeem their tickets to the included attractions instead of the standard nine days from purchase.

Though no big city is without its fleet of luxury stores, New York City is home to flagship locations of many of the world''s finest and most adored brands. Check out our roundup of luxury flagship stores for prime NYC shopping.

Ice-skating is a great way to have fun, get some exercise and spend some time outdoors—even in the snowy winter months. Whether you want to skate under the statue of Prometheus in Rockefeller Center, against the picturesque backdrop of Central Park or for free in Bryant Park, New York City has the rink for you. Check out our guide to ice-skating in NYC for these and more skating spots.

Upcoming special events and exhibits
Carnegie Hall
Part I: December 2010; Part II: March 14–April 9, 2011
Starting in December and returning for a second run in the spring, JapanNYC highlights the art and music of Japan''s past, present and future. Directed by esteemed conductor Seiji Ozawa in cooperation with Carnegie Hall, JapanNYC includes dozens of art exhibitions, film screenings, theatrical performances and concerts all over the City, including three special appearances by the world-renowned Saito Kinen Orchestra, led by Ozawa himself.

Brooklyn Museum
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera
November 19, 2010–April 10, 2011
To create his classic images of everyday American life, artist Norman Rockwell often began behind the camera. Hundreds of his personal photographic studies (and the works they inspired) will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum—many for the first time.

Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures
December 19, 2010–March 21, 2011
MoMA''s presentation of Andy Warhol''s black-and-white silent works honors his intention for these films to be viewed at 16 frames per second (they were shot at the standard modern speed of 24 fps). Consider it a breathtaking way to experience some of America''s most daring experimental film.

Museum of the City of New York
Ain''t Nothing Like the Real Thing: The Apollo Theater and American Entertainment
February–May 2011
Boasting an impressive array of photographs, artifacts, costumes and videos, Ain''t Nothing Like the Real Thing brings to life the numerous groundbreaking moments in African-American music and history that have occurred on the Apollo stage, including Ella Fitzgerald''s Amateur Night win and Barack Obama''s election campaign rally.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels
February 18–June 5, 2011
The French luxury jewelry company Van Cleef & Arpels has been making an impact on the world of fashion since 1906. See the highlights of more than a century''s worth of the company''s jewelry design, including drawings and finished pieces, at the Cooper-Hewitt.

Zoos and Gardens
New York Botanical Garden
The Orchid Show: Dramatic Divas of the Plant World
March 5–April 25, 2011
Each year the New York Botanical Garden''s Orchid Show fills the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to the brim with thousands of amazing and exotic orchids from a different region of the world. Marvel at the beauty of these flowers while being surrounded by lush settings depicting the natural habitat from which they came.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Hanami and Sakura Matsuri
Month of April (Hanami); April 30–May 1 (Sakura Matsuri)
Each spring, the 220 or so cherry trees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden come into full bloom, setting the stage for hanami, or "flower viewing." Capping the joyous season of rebirth is Sakura Matsuri, the traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival. The weekend-long festival celebrates Japanese culture, with events including traditional music and dance, taiko drumming, martial arts, bonsai-pruning workshops and tea ceremonies.

Theater updates
The new Broadway season includes the openings of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Catch Me If You Can; Wonderland: A New Alice, A New Musical; Sister Act and The Book of Mormon, from the creators of South Park. For more about what''s on Broadway, visit

Hotel updates
The following hotels have recently opened:

Best Western Arena Hotel
The new Best Western Arena, located in Brooklyn, provides friendly customer service and comfortable accommodations at a good value. With spaciously appointed guest rooms and free wireless high-speed Internet access, this hotel is ideal for business travel.

Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/SoHo
This contemporary hotel is steps from SoHo shopping, Greenwich Village and TriBeCa, one block from the Houston Street subway station and easily accessible from Midtown attractions and the Financial District downtown, with some rooms offering skyline views. Other hotel amenities include a fitness room and a restaurant offering breakfast, as well as light fare, beer and wine in the evenings.

Eventi, A Kimpton Hotel
Eventi is an experience as much as a destination. Located near Chelsea''s world-renowned art galleries and vibrant nightlife, Eventi is also within easy walking distance of Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building and Macy''s, and offers pet-friendly luxury accommodations.

Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Brooklyn
Indulge in contemporary comfort and unique hospitality at Brooklyn''s first Fairfield Inn & Suites, designed with a commitment to elegance and nestled in the vibrant heart of the City''s most populous borough. The 133 stylish rooms and suites are complemented by a spacious atrium lobby and rooftop gardens with views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines. (Scheduled to open in January 2011.)

Download the latest Hotel Development Fact Sheet.

NYC Travel Training Academy
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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 NYC Travel Training Academy.

Get the NYC Official Travel Planner online
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