—NYC’s Convention and Visitors Bureau Launches New Initiative as Part of $30 Million “It’s Time for New York City” Campaign—

—Announcement Follows the Completion of Javits Center’s $1.5 Billion Expansion and New NYC Health and Safety Mandates—

NYC & Company, the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for New York City’s five boroughs, today unveiled It’s Time to Make it NYC, the organization’s largest marketing and sales effort for the meetings and conventions industry, as New York City’s recovery continues to take shape and vibrant neighborhoods across the five boroughs welcome back visitors. The announcement comes on the heels of the $1.5 billion expansion of the Javits Center as it begins to host major trade shows and events again; plus, new developments and enhancements across infrastructure, hotels, attractions, venues and more. New York City recently introduced the Key to NYC program, requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining, entertainment and fitness, making the City one of the safest places to visit and do business from a public health perspective. 

“New York City is open for business and this new campaign is a signal to meeting professionals and planners everywhere that It’s Time to return to NYC for face-to-face meetings, conventions and events. As the capital of business and commerce, there is no better backdrop to host world-class events, and with the utmost focus on health and safety. We look forward to reminding delegates of all that it means to Make it NYC and welcoming them to the five boroughs,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company and Co-Chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition.  

Utilizing the tagline “Plan a Meeting for Any Moment,” the new digital campaign features multiple creative executions depicting vibrant imagery of new and beloved New York City icons, including the Javits Center, the Oculus at the World Trade Center, Central Park and more—all designed to inspire planners and delegates to select New York City for their next in-person program or event.

“With upgraded infrastructure, the newly-expanded Javits Center, spectacular venues and hotels, Broadway, best-in-class health and safety protocols and so much more, we are better positioned than ever to host meetings, conventions, big events, incentive activities and ‘only-in-NYC’ experiences in the five boroughs. We are proud to say It’s Time to Make it NYC,” said Jerry Cito, NYC & Company’s Executive Vice President, Convention Development.

The new digital campaign will maintain a monthly advertising presence on Google, LinkedIn and Facebook, with targeted media launching this fall across major meetings platforms and publications. It’s Time to Make it NYC branding will also be seen at industry events and trade shows this year and into 2022, including IMEX America (November 9–11); IAEE Expo Expo! (December 6–9); AMEX INTER[action] (December 14–17); PCMA Convening Leaders (January 9–12); IMEX Frankfurt (April 26–28); MPI WEC (June 15–17); and more.

NYC & Company’s Convention Development team will also utilize the campaign in new and ongoing face-to-face sales activities engaging with planners and industry professionals—including with associations such as the LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)—to secure business meetings and events in New York City. Meeting professionals can engage with the campaign using the hashtag #ItsTimeToMakeItNYC.

Last month, New York City introduced Key to NYC, requiring people ages 12 and older to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 for most indoor activities, including at restaurants, event spaces, venues, museums, attractions and more. Individuals must have received at least one dose of an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine to patronize these establishments. More information can be found in the City’s FAQ.

The Javits Center recently completed a 1.2 million-square-foot expansion, including a 54,000-square-foot special event space; a new rooftop pavilion that can accommodate 1,500 people; a one-acre rooftop farm; 90,000 square-feet of exhibit space; and more. Since reopening last month, the Javits Center has successfully hosted trade shows and events including NY NOW / JA Jewelry Show (August 8–11), The Armory Show (September 10–12) and The SALT Conference (September 13–15).  All event organizers, contractors, exhibitors and attendees are required to show proof of vaccination to enter the convention center.

Yesterday, the Meetings Mean Business Coalition released new data. PDF File as part of the Let’s Meet There initiative, supporting the safety of travel for professional meetings and events. According to the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance and Epistemix, in-person professional meetings and events pose a near-zero (0.001 percent) risk of Covid-19 transmission to attendees, even for large events. Furthermore, business travelers are looking to get back on the road, with 77 percent of Global Business Travel Association members reporting they are willing to travel in the current environment.

Additionally, according to MMGY Global‘s recently-released 2021 Portrait of Meeting and Convention Travel, meeting and event attendees find required proof of vaccination at meeting, conference and convention venues to be an important safety measure, with over 70% of survey respondents saying that requiring vaccinations for both staff and attendees would increase the likelihood they would plan to attend.

By the end of 2021, New York City is expected to have 110,000 hotel rooms in active inventory. New hotels with meeting and event space include Arlo MidtownGraduate Roosevelt IslandMargaritaville Resort Times SquareAce Hotel Brooklyn and Pendry Manhattan West; with properties by AmanVirgin Hotels, Motto by Hilton and NYC’s second Ritz-Carlton still set to open this year.

This month, New York City has hosted the US Open Tennis Championships (August 30 through September 12); New York Fashion Week (September 8–12); the MTV Video Music Awards (September 12) and The Met Gala (September 13). The City will soon welcome Climate Week NYC (September 20–26); the TCS New York City Marathon (November 7); and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (November 25); among other big events.

It’s Time to Make it NYC is part of It’s Time for New York City, the largest-ever, multi-phased global tourism marketing and advertising campaign to promote New York City. The $30 million investment is made possible through American Rescue Plan Act funds secured and awarded by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.  

In April, NYC & Company teamed up with the Partnership for New York City and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)  to launch Commit to the Comeback: Meet Local NYC, a grassroots campaign encouraging the local business community and meeting planners to play an active role in the City’s economic recovery by safely hosting in-person meetings, conferences and other corporate activities in their hometown.

NYC & Company predicts 36.1 million people will visit New York City in 2021, recovering more than half of the City’s 2019 record 66.6 million visitors. NYC expects to exceed this record in 2024, with an estimated 71.0 million visitors.

For additional information about organizing meetings, conferences and events in New York City; planning tools including webinars, newsletters and a new Javits Center Guide; listings of hybrid event venues and virtual site tours; and a team directory, visit nycgo.com/makeitnyc.

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For all there is to do and see in New York City, visit nycgo.com.