It is incumbent on us to continue to offer our visitors and residents the best tools available to stimulate travel to New York City and within the five boroughs." -- New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (pictured)

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber, NYC & Company Chairman Emily K. Rafferty and CEO George Fertitta, and Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levinon Wednesday unveiled the city's new Official NYC Information Center in midtown Manhattan and launched nycgo.com, the new online resource for exploring New York City.

The opening of the center fulfills a commitment the mayor made in the state of the city speech, where he discussed the importance of making investments to promote culture and tourism in New York City. The information center and Web site are designed for both visitors and residents and will allow people to better navigate and manage their visits to and within the five boroughs. The new Web site offers information on hotels, dining, attractions and events, and NYC & Company joined with the city's Department of Cultural Affairs to include on the Web site a calendar of New York City's cultural events.

Mayor Bloomberg also announced new corporate partnerships with companies such as Google and Travelocity to provide advanced online capabilities and with content providers such as Time Out New York, Paper magazine, the New York Observer and Greenopia for up-to-date event listings. The mayor was joined for the announcement by Google Senior Vice President Tim Armstrong and Travelocity Chief Marketing Officer Jeffrey Glueck at the new Information Center, located at 810 Seventh Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets in Manhattan.

"Tourism is a cornerstone of our economy," said Deputy Mayor Lieber. "Despite anticipated economic challenges this year in the hospitality and leisure sectors, New York City continues to be the number one U.S. destination for tourism spending while leading the nation with the highest hotel occupancy rates. It is incumbent on us to continue to offer our visitors and residents the best tools available to stimulate travel to New York City and within the five boroughs."


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