TORONTO — NYC & Company’s three-city Canadian sales mission wrapped up in Toronto yesterday, after stops in Quebec City and Montreal earlier this week, showcasing developments in ‘new’ New York City including hotels, infrastructure, retailers and attractions.
New York City is expected to welcome a high of 59.7 million visitors in 2016, making it the seventh consecutive year for record-breaking tourism. In 2015, NYC welcomed 1.072 million Canadians, an increase from 1,068,000 visitors in 2014. NYC & Company forecasts continued growth with an expected 1,090,000 visitors in 2016.
NYC has the U.S.’s most active hotel development pipeline, with 107,000 hotel rooms this year, and a total inventory of 133,000+ rooms expected by the end of 2019.
“Canadians love New York City, and with the unprecedented number of new offerings, they will have even more reason to visit us,” said Reagan Stulbaum, Vice President, Tourism Development, USA and Canada. “New York City is home to the country’s best cultural and premier attractions in all five boroughs, giving everyone something different to see and do, whether it’s your first time visiting us or your 30th.”
NYC & Company member organizations attending the 2016 Canada Sales Mission included: Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Gray Line/CitySightseeing New York, Group Sales Box Office/Broadway.com, Hotel Edison, Madame Tussauds NY, Marriott International, Millennium Broadway Hotel, New York Wheel/Empire Outlets, One World Observatory, Broadway Inbound, THE RIDE, TRYP New York Times Square Hotel and Wyndham Garden Brooklyn Sunset Park.
With Broadway shows, outdoor movies or concerts, tours of museums or historical attractions, cuisine from every world culture, and more, there are endless opportunities in each of the city’s five boroughs – the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island – to discover something new.
Here’s a look at what’s new in New York City:
- Legendary New Yorker and comedian Jerry Seinfeld is performing once a month at the Beacon Theatre this year as part of a residency entitled, ‘Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand’.
- The official residence of the Mayor of the City of New York, historic landmark Gracie Mansion, has reopened to the public.
- Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan is now open with 300,000 square feet of retail space, including a massive dining terrace, a French-inspired marketplace called Le District, and six critically acclaimed restaurants.
- One World Observatory is a three-storey observation deck atop the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. A major new attraction in Lower Manhattan, the new observatory occupies levels 100 to 102 of One World Trade Center, enhanced by interactive exhibits.
- The Whitney Museum of American Art in the Meatpacking District provides the first comprehensive view of its unsurpassed collection of modern and contemporary American art.
- SeaGlass Carousel in Battery Park is a new aquatic-themed ride aimed to entertain, inspire and educate visitors by imitating an underwater experience on a rotating pavilion.
- New York City finally has a soccer team with the New York Football Club in South Bronx. Stars including Frank Lampard and David Villa fight to win in Major League Soccer (MLS).
- The Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s newest building, will provide additional space dedicated to 20th and 21st century art.
And here’s a roundup of what’s opening soon:
- Tour Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises will launch its ‘Hello Brooklyn’ cruise in May this year, to celebrate the Brooklyn borough and its rich history and pop culture.
- The next phase of Governors Island Park, The Hills, should open this summer. Rising 25 to 70 feet above the Island, The Hills promises dramatic new experiences and views of the New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty and the Lower Manhattan skyline.
- Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration in New York Harbor will have new major exhibitions that chronicle immigration to America before the processing station at Ellis Island opened in 1892 and after it closed in 1954.
- Westfield World Trade Center is opening summer 2016, creating a massive retail space right in the heart of Lower Manhattan and close to the 9/11 monuments.
- Anticipated to open in 2017 after an extensive reconstruction, Pier 17 will showcase expanded views of the New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan and will feature a glass façade.
For more information, visit nycgo.com.