When you bring a convention, meeting or trade show to New York City, your delegates have more options; more airline flights, lower transportation costs, and most importantly, an unforgettable experience. In NYC you will find the right fit for your meeting since there is something to be found for every unique taste and budget. In fact, meeting planners report an overall 15-22% increase in attendance rates in our fine city. Why? Because business truly gets done in New York City, and people are excited to come and be part of it all!
Some common misconceptions about New York City are that NYC is unaffordable and often unavailable. Not true! With a large variety of hotels and accommodations, planners can find exactly what they’re looking for while meeting their individual needs and budget. Mayor Bloomberg recently announced that by the end of 2011 New York City became the home to 90,000 hotel rooms. Based off of current hotel development it is expected that by the end of 2012 there will be 92,000 hotel rooms in total.
Many people also do not realize that New York City is composed of five boroughs, each offering a range of experiences that is unmatched. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island each have an array of shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment opportunities with something special for each meeting or event. New York City is the home to industry leaders ranging from business, media, fashion, and the arts with more Fortune 500 companies in NYC than any other U.S. city.
There are also more direct flights into New York City’s airports than any other first-tier city, making it extremely easy and affordable to get to. New York is also home to an extensive ferry system to get you uptown and downtown, as well as across the rivers to the boroughs. And just about everyone’s favorite way to navigate NYC is on foot! There’s no better way to take in our city, but visitors can also use our extensive public transportation network of subways and buses that operate 24/7.
New York City encourages planners with large meetings to look beyond the convention center to plan their meetings. With NY5000, planners can utilize both the Sheraton New York and the Hilton New York and discover 5,000 guest rooms, 100 meeting rooms and 225,000 square feet of meeting space—all in one square block, just steps from Times Square! Piers 92/94 also host large events, with 208,000 square feet of exhibition space right on the Hudson River. The Javits Center houses 840,000 square feet of exhibit space and 160,050 square feet of meeting space and is also undergoing a renovation to be completed in 2013.
New York City has the greatest great activities, institutions, attractions, events and views of any domestic or international city– and a lot of them are Free. This includes activities like summer concerts and movies, museums, and free tours. NYC & Company also offers a variety of programs to bring additional value to your meeting. As part of the “Get More” program, meeting attendees can take part in some of New York City’s most exciting events. These include Fashions Night Out, where designers, models, fashion editors, celebrities, and shoppers flock to their favorite NYC stores for an extravagant night of shopping. Restaurant Week is another cost saving program which offers special prices when dining at many of New York City’s famed restaurants. NYC also offers discounted show tickets as part of Broadway Week, Off-Broadway Week and Comedy Week.
And as a planner, you don’t have to navigate New York City alone! NYC & Company is a “one stop shop” for meeting planners. We expertly assist in all stages of the booking process, from planning and selecting your meeting facility to promoting your meeting. Our CVB is composed of 2,000 members strong that provide a broad range of venues, products, and services. We give you access to leveraging the relationships we have spent years cultivating! From site selection to spouse programs to transportation needs, we put New York City’s resources to work for our clients. Our intent is to cultivate relationships with visitors who will potentially use our member services for their planning and entertaining needs. We invite you to talk with us about all NYC has to offer. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how easy it is!