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BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS of Tourism - December 20th at 8:30 AM

TOURISM PLAN 2013: Destination Long Island City, NY

Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce to focus on Travel and Tourism at its December 20th and January 17, 2013 meetings.





Full video coverage and follow up Q&A are available in the left column in 2 segments of approximately three to five minutes each.







Long Island City, NY November 18, 2012 -

Having taken a leadership role to establish the Travel and Tourism Council of Long Island City (TTCLIC),  the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce will meet on December 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM at Court Square Place Conference Center, Long Island City;  (RSVP) then,  again at PONTICELLO Ristorante in Astoria on Thursday, January 17, 2012at 12:00 PM for a presentation "TOURISM PLAN 2013: Destination Long Island City, NY" and to hear experts on Marketing and Promoting Greater Long Island City for 2013.

The facts are simple, Greater Long Island City; including Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, and Woodside; have extraordinary attraction for visitors from around the United States, around the world, and from regional and local communities.

The December 20th meeting at Court Square Place Conference Center will feature two VIP speakers:

Part 1 - December 2012: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? Presentation of Market Survey. 

  • Presentation by NYC & Co. - New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.  
  • Presentation by I LOVE NY -  The marketing and operating unit of the Empire State Development Corporation that is charged with promoting New York State Tourism. 

Part 2 - January 2013:  A Plan and "The Tourism Project for Long Island City" will be presented. Reception for New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, a Champion for TOURISM in Greater Long Island City.

NYC & Co.
is New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization. The not-fo-profit quasi-agency's mission is to maximize opportunities for travel and Tourism in all five boroughs of New York City, build economic prosperity and spread the dynamic image of New York City around the world. With the launch of major interactive initiatives—including nycgo.com and the Official NYC Information Center on 7th Avenue—NYC & Company becomes the ultimate resource for visitors and residents to find everything they need about what to do and see in New York City. Our Speaker, Kelly Curtin, is Senior Vice President of Destination Services and Membership.
As Senior Vice President of Membership & Destination Services for NYC & Co., Kelly Curtin is key to driving the success of New York City's tourism.   Since taking her position with the company in 2004, NYC has increased from 39.9 million visitors to 50.9 million visitors annually.  Spending by both international and domestic visitors increased from $21.3 billion to $34.2 billion. In 2008, she oversaw the rebranding of NYC & Company’s convention services division as destination services and implementation of new strategies to assist conventions and meetings booked in New York City including attendance building, welcome desks and delegate programs.   [  Kelly Curtin, Senior Vice President, NYC & Co. to Speak at BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS of Tourism in Long Island City, December 20th. ]

-  The marketing and operating unit of the Empire State Development Corporation that is charged with promoting New York State Tourism.  "I LOVE NY" is logo and a song that are the basis of an advertising campaign and have been used since the mid-1970s to promote tourism in New York City and later to promote New York State as well. The trademarked logo appears in souvenir shops and brochures throughout the state, some licensed, many not. The song is the state song of New York.

Our Speaker, Markly Wilson, is Director of International Sales and Marketing. Markly Wilson also played a role as part of Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Council which developed the Strategic Plan forNew York State during 2011 and 2012.  [ Markly Wilson, Director, International Marketing for New York State’s Division of Tourism, to Speak at BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS in Long Island City December 20th ]

The facts are simple, Greater Long Island City; including Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, and Woodside; have extraordinary attraction for visitors from around the United States, around the world, and from regional and local communities.

  • Hotels have been built at an unprecedented level.
  • Airports are nearby.
  • Transportation is unmatched for cars and subways to reach all areas of New York City.
  • Manhattan is less than 10 minutes across the river.
  • Theatre, international film festivals, jazz festivals, organized art gallery events, and other entertainment is emerging.
  • Led by MoMA PS1, Museums and Art Galleries are world class.
  • World class and neighborhood restaurants offer authentic and diverse cuisines. The area is fast being recognized as a "culinary capital" and gaining critical acclaim from journalist everywhere, with high grades and recommendations coming from ZAGAT and THE NEW YORK TIMES.
  • European like cafes are attracting visitors looking for casual experiences.
  • Lower prices make longer visits and more entertainment possible.
  • The East River Ferry, with a stop at Hunters Point, offers excursions that criss-cross the river to numerous hot spots.
  • Recreation along the East River in Western Queens has become a major attraction including kyacking, concerts, and outdoor film.
  • For businesses and organization, the community offers a world class conference center at Court Square Place, along with nearby hotels.
  • Proximity to Racino and other important recreation in Queens is very close.

Investment by developers, government, and entrepreneurs in Greater Long Island City have reached a point where the community poised to enjoy the benefits of expanded tourism.

[ OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION:  Experts say there is a "Place Making Phenomenon" Going on in Long Island City ]

Senator Michael Gianaris said

"I am proud to be a part of the Long Island City community, whose ongoing responsible growth has allowed for the tourism boom we continue to experience. Home to major film production sites like Silvercup Studios and Kauffman Astoria Studios, state of the art facilities for organizations like jetBlue and CUNY Law School, and an increasing tech and arts culture, Long Island City is a tourist attraction in its own right. Along with with unmatched views of Manhattan, beautiful green spaces like Gantry State Park and residents who care deeply about our community, Long Island City helps make western Queens one of the best neighborhoods in the country."

According to a U.S. Travel Association study, marketing programs bring in more visitors, generate new tax dollars, and create jobs for states and local communities.

"The research analyzed campaigns conducted by the state of Michigan and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. The 'Pure Michigan' promotion generated 7.2 million trips to Michigan by out-of-state visitors, who spent $2 billion there and generated $138 million in new tax revenue for the state. In 2010, spending by out-of-state leisure visitors jumped 21 percent year-over-year, to $6.4 billion, and created some 10,000 tourism jobs."

Hotels are very important to to the Long Island City economy and to our restaurants, transportation services, merchants of all types, banks, galleries, wedding venues, institutions, cultural centers, and even landscape design companies. Every business, organization, and institution in Greater Long Island City is touched by TOURISM.  It not only leads to a thriving economy, but it means job creation.   The business community wants to engage a stronger relationship with the hotels.

The Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce identified 30 hotels with 3,637 rooms, including the LaGuardia Airport hotels closest to Greater Long Island City.   For every $30.00 spent by guests at the local hotels at our restaurants and businesses, there is $39,825,150 of income for the community’s economy  -  plus the benefits of secondary income and jobs.   Others are under construction and will open in 2013. 

General Managers and Sales Managers of these hotels have expressed an interest in knowing more about the anticipated LIC / Astoria Chamber of Commerce local market development plan.

In making the announcement for the two meetings, Arthur Rosenfield, President of the the Long Island City / Astoria Chamber of Commerce said: "Tourism to our community touches every business, every bank, every store, every small and large company, every institution, every family, every artist, every entertainer, even every child.  Everyone benefits from the economic boost as well as the cultural exchange made possible by tourism to Long Island City's culturally diverse neighborhoods.  These two meetings will kick-off an important new focus on building the DESTINATION appeal of our neigborhoods: Hunters Point, Astoria, Sunnyside, Dutch Kills, and Woodside. We are looking forward to gathering the resources of the business community and others so that we can make an important leap forward in attracting visitors and to share the  wonderful experiences of these neighborhoods, with so much to offer, during 2013."

The LIC Chamber will also present its new LOGO for the first time at the December 20, 2012 meeting  The winner of the "Logo and Stationery Design Contest" will be awarded $500 by ALMA Bank.

To participate in these meetings, and make your community stronger, please sign in at LICChamber.org.  Sponsors and speakers should contact Arthur Rosenfield at Arthur@LICChamber.com or call 646-920-4652.

PONTICELLO Ristorante,  itself a Mobil FIVE DIAMOND restaurant, is located in the Astoria neighborhood at 46-11 Broadway,  Long Island City, NY

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New York City Regional Economic Development Council Submits Final Strategic Plan and Priority Projects including International Convention & Exhibition Center for Queens
International Convention & Exhibition Center: Queens offers the city’s most appropriate location for a new international convention and exhibition center, with accompanying hotel accommodations, which will add an important new destination for the city’s tourism industry. A full build out of such a facility will exceed 3.8 million square feet of convention and exhibition space.

New York State Regional Economic Development Council - First Public Hearing for New York City 8/23/2011

The New York State Regional Economic Development Council was established by Governor Cuomo to develop a strategic plan for New York State. Seven Regions were created.  New York City is a Region. The New York City Region is composed of New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, and Richmond counties.

OurLIC SPECIAL REPORT: Special NYC Regional Economic Development Council Meets 10/4/2011

OurLIC VIDEO CONVERSATION:  Experts say there is a "Place Making Phenomenon" Going on in Long Island City  David Wilk and Charles Hug of Corporate Valuation Advisors 12/14/2012


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