Introducing the ‘New’ New York with its many new hotels, attractions and re-vamped locations, Fred Dixon, President and Chief Executive, and Chris Heywood, Senior Vice President, NYC&Co, gave a most interesting overview of the exciting happenings throughout the most visited city in the USA.
Taylor Swift is the new face of New York City and has recently moved into the city and drawn inspiration for her latest album from the electricity generated by her experiences there.
Foulton Centre, where nine subway lines converge at this new transit hub, is one of the main transport hubs in the city well served by its subway system.
New museums and art centres are constantly opening and being re-launched. Broadway and off-Broadway shows are constantly on the tourist agenda.
Shopping in New York is a favourite with Irish tourists and retail stock is being constantly upgraded.
Hotel prices are kept in check across all the boroughs by the constant introduction of new properties with 113,000 new rooms brought to the market in 2015.
New York remains the most popular destination for Irish visitors with more than 220,000 visitors forecast to go to New York City in 2015.
The day continued for NYC&Co with an evening event at the Westbury Hotel with representatives from Aer Lingus, United, 9/11 memorial, The Broadway Collection, Empire State Building Experience, New York City Pass and hotels the London NYC and the Intercontinental, New York Times Square and New York Barclay meeting with the Irish travel trade.
A table quiz hosted by Reg Charlot taking in knowledge gained from the pre-dinner workshop meet and greet was won by Roisin Carberry from Topflight, the prize being two tickets on United to New York, two nights in the 5-star London Hotel, two City Passes and two tickets for the Empire State Experience.
The runner-up was Helen O’Flaherty from World Travel Centre, winning two tickets to New York with Aer Lingus, two nights at the InterContinental Hotel, and two Broadway Collection theatre tickets.
A draw for two tickets to the Taylor Swift Dublin concert was won by Lisa Coady from Budget Travel.
New York hospitality was at its best – and well organised by Tryphavana Cross as the NYC&Co show moved on to Belfast.