Hotels, Attractions


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Air Highways to Africa, New Transportation Edition to Launch at New York Times Travel Show, February 24-26, 2006

Adventures in Travel Expos. Plus the Luxury Show
New York - Jan. 13-15
Booth discount for ATA Members


The New York Times Travel Show

February 24-26,
The New York Times Travel Show, presented by American Express, announced today its schedule of seminars for travel professionals who are attending the show. The Tourism Industry Conference will be a day long trade symposium for travel agents, tourism suppliers and travel associations, and will focus on key issues that are currently facing the travel industry, such as how to handle airport security alerts and how to increase business profits. The New York Times Travel Show, and the conference, will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.


About New York
Message from Mayor Bloomberg
(to come)

Recommended Accommodation in Manhattan. (to come)
Airlines and Ground Transportation. (to come)

ATA New York Chapter

(see below)


"The Tourism Industry Conference will bring to New York City a unique gathering of many of the most well-known and knowledgeable representatives of the travel business," said Jyll F. Holzman, senior vice president, advertising, The New York Times. "This event provides a truly extraordinary opportunity for experts from every segment of the profession to explore the numerous trends that are transforming the operating premises of this multi billion dollar sector."

"The focal point for these discussions will be a series of seminars that will examine new and efficient business models, develop innovative strategies for responding to the security challenges that have become part of this tumultuous new era, and offer alternative answers to the complex problems currently confronting the travel profession," continued Ms. Holzman.

The Tourism Industry Conference is supported by leading travel industry organizations, including the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Caribbean Hotel Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), Modern Agent, the National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA), NYC and Company, the Tourism Industry Association of America (TIA), the Travel Business Roundtable, The Travel Institute, the U.S. Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council. The conference consists of two tracks that professionals can follow: one for tourism suppliers and the other for travel agents

The agenda for 2006 to come.

The Tourism Industry Conference is open to all travel industry professionals. The registration fee to attend this one-day program is $200 and there are discounts available for association members. A special discount fee of $55 is available for travel agents. Registration costs include breakfast, lunch, industry reception, all sessions and conference materials and entrance to the exhibition. Seating is limited - to register visit www.nytimes.com/travelshow.

The New York Times Travel Show is a major consumer exhibition as well as a trade event. It is designed to provide space for more than 250 exhibitors and will feature nine pavilions showcasing different regions of the world including Africa, Asia, Australia/South Pacific, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico/Central America, South America and the United States. In addition, two industry pavilions will showcase exhibitors in the cruise and hotel sectors.


About New York
Crime Rate, Including Murder Rate, Drops to Lowest Level Since 1960s, According to New FBI Statistics

New York City is the safest big city in the country, according to a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI's 2002 "Crime in the United States" indicates that while crime increased nationwide, New York City's crime rate actually decreased 5% to the lowest level since the 1960s. In addition, the city's murder rate dropped 9.6% in 2002 to reach the lowest level since 1963.

The FBI's ranking of New York City as the safest large city in the United States means that, of all American cities with populations of 1 million or more, New York City has the lowest rate of total crime committed.

"These statistics are terrific news for New York City's visitor industry," said NYC & Company President & CEO Cristyne L. Nicholas. "With winter approaching, millions of people and families from around the world will consider a trip to New York City to see its many magical holiday attractions. New York City is one of the world's foremost family destinations and these new FBI crime reduction figures reinforce what a safe place it is to visit."

UPDATE: According to FBI crime figures released December 15, 2003 for the first 6 months of 2003, New York City remains the safest big City in the United States. Year to date, crime is at its lowest level since 1968. Total crime in the City has declined almost 5.5% from last year.

Of the 210 cities reporting with populations greater than 100,000, New York City was ranked 194th, between Ann Arbor, Michigan and Orange, California. Of the nine cities with populations of more than one million reporting to the FBI, New York City had the lowest crime rate during the first 6 months of 2003.

Over the course of the past year, the crime rate continued to decrease from what were already record lows at the end of 2002. The FBI reports that New York City's violent crime rate is down 3.3% in 2003 compared to a nationwide reduction of 3.1%, and the City's property crime rate is down 8.7% compared to a nationwide reduction of only .08%.

What I like about New York. Celebrities speak out
(to come)

Places to Go. Things to D. Here are just a few. More on the NYC WEB SITE:


1. Alice Austen House Museum

2 Hylan Boulevard | Staten Island, NY 10305

phone 718-816-4506 | fax 718-815-3959

Historic house museum at the entrance to New York Harbor on Staten Island. Tours of 1690 landmark home. Gift shop. Admission: $2. Hours 12 noon-5pm. Closed Mon.-Wed. and Jan.-Feb.

American Family Immigration History Center

292 Madison Avenue| 14th Floor | New York, NY 10017

phone 212-561-4542 | fax 212-779-1990

 Trace immigration records for over 25 million Port of NY and Ellis Island arrivals 1892-1924. View individual passenger records, over 3 12 million ship manifests and over 800 ship pictures. Create electronic family history scrapbook. Shop Heritage Gifts.

AMF Chelsea Piers Lanes

Pier 60 | 23rd Street & West Side Highway | New York, NY 10011

phone 212-288-0604 | fax 212-288-0605

In the 'fun' business for more than 100 years. Meetings, corporate groups, and special events. Stop by for the exciting new world of Xtreme, a multi sensory bowling experience. More than 13 centers in the tri-state area.

Astroland Amusement Park

1000 Surf Avenue| Brooklyn, NY 11224

phone 718-265-2100 | fax 718-265-2155

  The largest full family amusement park in NYC with 35 thrilling rides, including the world famous Cyclone Roller Coaster, arcade game rooms, and food concessions. Located on the beach and boardwalk of Coney Island. Free admission.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

895 Shore Road | Bronx, NY 10464

phone 718-885-1461 | fax 212-360-8201

Greek Revival-style country residence of NYC businessman Robert Bartow and family. Built in 1840. Adults $2.50, seniors/students $1.25, kids free. Open Sat., Sun., Wed.

Brooklyn Brewery

79 North 11th Street | Brooklyn, NY 11211

phone 718-486-7422 | fax 718-486-7440

NY's leading brewery; among the nation's top 30. Happy hour Friday and Saturday from noon to 6pm. Events, beerfests, beer tastings, dinners, and directions listed on tours/events on web site. Groups of more than 50 call for reservations.


475 Tenth Avenue| 5th Floor | New York, NY 10018

phone 212-792-4666 | fax 212-792-4601

Annual 'Canned Art' Charity Competition benefits Food For Survival, NYC Food Bank. Thirty spectacular giant-sized objects built from thousands of cans of food by the Design & Construction Industry. November 13 - 26, 2003. Admission is one can of food. Groups welcome.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

1047 Amsterdam Avenue| New York, NY 10025

phone 212-932-7314 | fax 212-932-7348

  World's largest Gothic Cathedral remains unfinished. Treasures include tapestries designed by Raphael. Tours of amazing Romanesque & Gothic architecture, & stained glass windows. Biblical & Rose gardens & the fanciful Peace Fountain on Cathedral grounds.

CityPass, Inc.

1035 Barrow Lane | Napa, CA 94558

phone 707-253-1222 | fax 707-253-8222

Great new way to enjoy our city. Visit six world famous New York City attractions for one low price. Avoid ticket lines and save 50% on admission prices. Good for nine days, and available at any CityPass attraction.

Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District

220 Riverside Drive | Suite 6M | New York, NY 10069

phone 212-721-5048 | fax 212-721-4070

Free color map and guide of district. Great attractions, shops, restaurants. Promoting Columbus Avenue as a destination.