NYC & COMPANY PRESENTS THE ‘NEW’ NEW YORK CITY TO INFLUENTIAL UK MEDIA
NYC & Company kicked off the London leg of its four-city European media mission at a fabulous press conference held at the splendid Shard in London. With unprecedented developments in New York City’s hotels, attractions, retail, dining scene and more, NYC & Company President and CEO, Fred Dixon, and Senior Vice President of Global Communications, Chris Heywood, presented many of the highlights of the “new” New York City.
Room with a view:-
The NYC team:-
From Left to Right: Jo Hartley, Rhys Powell, Amanda Hills, Fred Dixon, Chris Heywood and Mark McCulloch
“New York City is experiencing a period of momentous growth, with new hotels, attractions and other developments in evolving neighbourhoods across all five boroughs,” said Dixon. “We are thrilled to be in the UK, our City’s top overseas origin market, as we look to achieve another record-breaking year for tourism.”
“We are also encouraging UK visitors to take advantage of free and low-cost options throughout NYC’s five boroughs,” added Heywood. “From exploring the High Line to hopping on the free Staten Island Ferry, travellers have the chance to experience an exceptional New York City holiday with an unparalleled variety of free, low-cost and affordable activities.”
New York City is currently home to more than 109,000 hotel rooms, with a total of 135,000 rooms expected by the end of 2019. Notable new openings include The Beekman, which debuted on 23rd August, in addition to Arlo Hudson Square, The William Vale and Four Seasons New York Downtown which are all slated to open later this month. Further into 2016, visitors can look forward to the debut of Firmdale Hotels’ The Whitby.
The New York Experience
The City’s many evolving neighbourhoods continue to provide UK visitors with a range of diverse and authentic experiences. Highlights include the revitalisation of Lower Manhattan, including the new Eataly NYC Downtown and Westfield World Trade Centre, adding to last year’s monumental opening of One World Observatory. Upcoming developments in Staten Island’s St. George neighbourhood include the Empire Outlets (2017), NYC’s first and only shopping outlet, and the hotly-anticipated New York Wheel (2018). In Manhattan’s newest neighbourhood on the Far West Side, Hudson Yards will debut in 2018–19 with 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, including the City’s first Neiman Marcus department store, a 150-room Equinox hotel, a new observation deck and restaurants curated by renowned chefs Thomas Keller, Jose Andres and Costas Spiliadis.
New New York Infrastructure abounds
Infrastructure and technology improvements continue make exploring the City even easier, with the recently-opened World Trade Centre Transportation Hub, the Second Avenue Subway (first phase debuting later this year), expanded Citywide Ferry Service (2017–2018) and an entirely-reimagined LaGuardia Airport (2022). This summer, more than 500 state-of-the-art LinkNYC kiosks were installed throughout the five boroughs, offering free Wi-Fi, device charging, touch-screen directions and more. A further 7,000 kiosks are expected to come online over the next several years.
Budget-conscious travellers have plenty to look forward to in New York City’s five boroughs, with a plethora of free and low-cost experiences. From free attractions to outdoor activities, NYC has a lot to offer visitors seeking affordability and value. NYC & Company’s “Free in NYC” guide, highlights the top free activities the City has to offer.
- New York City welcomed 58.3 million visitors in 2015, the City’s sixth consecutive year for record-breaking tourism.
- Growth is expected to continue, with an expected 59.7 million visitors in 2016, including 12.7 million international visitors.
- New York City welcomed 1.18 million visitors from the UK in 2015, making it the top overseas origin market to New York City and the US as a whole.
- In 2016, that trend is set to continue with the City forecasted to welcome 1.23 million visitors from the UK.