NYC & Company, New York City’s official, destination marketing organisation, is leading a tourism delegation to New Delhi and Mumbai from February 10-15 to promote the City’s five boroughs – The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. The delegation is led by NYC & Company’s Arun Govada Director, Tourism Development – Asia Pacific. Accompanying him are tourism partners Broadway Inbound, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Macy’s Herald Square, Madame Tussauds New York, One World Observatory and Seaport District NYC. The trade team will conduct one-on-one meetings and workshops with travel trade partners and will also host agents specialising in New York City from Ahemdabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and Ludhiana for one to one interaction in Delhi and Mumbai with the NYC participating tourism partners.
“We have seen a consistent growth of visitors from India to NYC and want to continue to spotlight the affordability, accessibility and diversity of neighbourhoods across the five boroughs. An incredible roster of major iconic events provide countless reasons to explore everything the neighborhoods of New York City have to offer,” said Makiko Matsuda Healy, NYC & Company’s Managing Director, Tourism Market Development.
In 2020, New York City is celebrating several cultural milestones. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan will both commemorate their 150th anniversaries, while the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx will debut the first large-scale exhibition of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s engagement with nature, including new works created specifically for the exhibit. The new Apollo Performing Arts Center in Harlem will debut in Fall, 2020, marking the first physical expansion of the theater in its 85 year history.
Additional 2020 highlights include the opening of the observation deck Edge at Hudson Yards and the 50th anniversary of the New York City marathon.
2019 is projected to be the tenth consecutive year of tourism growth for New York City. Visitation from India is forecasted to increase by an approximate 5 per cent in 2019 from the previous year with an expected 376,000 visitors. Among all destinations in the US, New York City is No. 1 for Indian travellers.
New York City has the most active hotel development pipeline in the United States, with approximately 123,000 hotel rooms currently and another 20,000 rooms on the way. Recent hotel openings include Conrad New York Midtown, Equinox Hotel Hudson Yards, Hotel Hendricks, Hotel Indigo Williamsburg and Moxy East Village. This year, the City will welcome new brands Aman, Six Senses and Virgin Hotels, among others.