A bite of the BIG AP­PLE

Makiko Mat­suda Healy, Sr VP, Global Tourism De­vel­op­ment, NYC & Com­pany talks about In­dia plans

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New York re­ceived 290,000 In­dian vis­i­tors in 2015. This year it has re­ceived 370,000 In­dian vis­i­tors which is al­most a dou­ble digit growth. Makiko Mat­suda Healy, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Tourism De­vel­op­ment, NYC & Com­pany, said, “In­dia is the sec­ond high­est growth rate mar­ket for us among 20 key in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.”

She said, “We will be call­ing our­selves ‘new New York city' as we are com­ing up with a lot of new prod­ucts added to the clas­sic New York City such as sun­rise ex­pe­ri­ence at the Em­pire State Build­ing and visit to The Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art be­fore the reg­u­lar open­ing hours to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­ti­mate and pri­vate art ex­pe­ri­ence. Also ‘new New York' has so many ho­tels open­ing up. Cur­rently we have 11 south­ern ho­tel rooms. By 2019 we will have about 135,000 ho­tel rooms.”

Ac­cord­ing to Healy, the city of­fers great value to all seg­ments such as MICE, leisure or ed­u­ca­tional tours and trav­ellers should relook at NYC ho­tels and can come and find great ways to en­joy and have a good time.

She said, “We also work closely with the In­dian travel trade to cre­ate more aware­ness about the des­ti­na­tion. We have an on­line travel trade train­ing academy and any­one can come and be­come NYC spe­cial­ist.”

For MICE, In­dia is among the top 10 in­ter­na­tional mar­kets for NYC, she added. Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies, auto in­dus­tries take great in­ter­est in it and if some­one picks NYC once and or­gan­ises events there the mo­ti­va­tional and par­tic­i­pa­tion level goes up. Ac­cord­ing to her in­cen­tive tour is all about pro­vid­ing a life­time and an un­mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mat­suda Healy in­formed that Ja­cob K. Jav­its Con­ven­tion Cen­tre has a great ren­o­va­tion plan. It will soon be pro­vid­ing one mil­lion square feet meet­ing space and a 60,000 square feet ball­room which is go­ing to be the largest ball­room in the north east re­gion of the US.

She in­formed that the itin­er­ar­ies for In­di­ans are flex­i­ble and op­tions to ac­com­mo­date In­dian food or veg­e­tar­ian food are also avail­able.

She added, “We are ex­cited about 2017 and are think­ing of col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­dian trade part­ners and en­gage with them in a bet­ter way and take the mar­ket to the next level.”

Makiko Mat­suda Healy

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