NEW YORK CITY — NYC & Company has set its sights on Montreal and Toronto for a two-city Canadian sales mission that includes several top tourism partners.
Taking place from Sept. 24-27, the mission will allow travel trade partners in Canada to meet with the following partners:
• New York Cruise Lines
• Whitney Museum of American Art
• The Shops at Columbus Circle
• Empire State Building Observatory
• Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
• Broadway Inbound
• Running Subway Productions
• The Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square
Canada is New York City’s third largest source of international visitation, with 1,005,000 Canadians visiting in 2018. The city is on track to achieve its tenth consecutive year of tourism growth, with a forecast of 66.9 million visitors in 2019, including an estimated 3% increase in Canadian visitation.
Hotel development continues on an upward trajectory into 2020. As of August 2019, hotel inventory increased to 121,700 rooms, up 3.7% year over year, and 139,000 hotel rooms are forecasted by early 2021. Recent hotel openings include: Hotel Hendricks; Moxy East Village; SpringHill Suites by Marriott JFK; Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards; Wingate by Wyndham; and Bushwick Hotel & Inn.
“New York City welcomes all Canadians to discover both iconic and hidden gem experiences across the five boroughs,” said Reginald Charlot, NYC & Company Managing Director, Tourism Development for Established Markets. “Perfect for a getaway from Toronto and Montreal, New York City offers an abundance of options in entertainment, food, sports, art and culture just a short trip away.”
New York City highlights being shared with key travel trade during the sales mission include major large-scale developments and openings in 2019. These include Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States, and Vessel, a climbable urban landmark that opened in March.
Other notable openings include: The Shed, a multi-arts centre dedicated to visual art and design (opened in April); the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island (opened in May); the TWO Hotel at the John F. Kennedy Airport (opened in May); and the newly renovated Museum of Modern Art (coming October).