Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Afternoon Report, January 21, 2009

This information, called The Afternoon Report, is provided by a daily email blast from the publicity firm of Boneau Bryan-Brown, which maintains this blog. This feature doesn't run daily but whenever The Afternoon Report seems to point out articles of interest.

City steps up efforts to lure tourists

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a tourism initiative Wednesday that includes a renovated state-of-the-art visitor center and a revamped city tourism web site. The announcements come on the heels of a record year for tourism to the Big Apple, one in which the city drew 47 million people. – The key components of the new campaign involve corporate partnerships with Google and Travelocity. The new NYC & Company web site,, will for the first time officially offer travel packages allowing visitors to book their airline, hotel, car rental and restaurant reservations online using Travelocity. NYC & Company plans to offer exclusive vacation deals on the site. Tourists can also head over to the $1.8 million center located between 52nd and 53rd Streets and refine their itinerary using digital kiosks powered by Google’s advanced mapping technology. The centers interactive “map tables” can communicate in nine languages. The center will also provide digital information on the latest cultural events and happenings in the city. NYC & Company’s chief executive, George Fertitta, says the tourism bureau is the first to use such high tech kiosks in a visitor center.”
But they better not photograph Patti LuPone.

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