Last November, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” recovery package to support New York’s hard-hit tourism sector. Part of that package is a $25 million “Meet in New York” grant program that focuses on venues and events that generate and support business-related travel. “This holistic approach to visitation recognizes the spending habits of business and convention travelers for overnight stays, food, and activities,” the governor’s press office noted.

Now, applications for the grant program are open. Qualifying venues and their partnering event hotels can offer meeting organizers discounts on booking fees or on room blocks to entice business, with grants reimbursing a portion of these discounts. The program is limited to new events that were not previously scheduled. Applicants must complete the required eligibility screening, and prequalified applicants will be sent a link to apply directly. Applications are due by Dec. 31, 2022. More information, including program guidelines, can be found at esd.ny.gov/meet-new-york-grant-program.

On Nov. 23, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) held its annual luncheon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event brought together the city’s hospitality community to celebrate travel, tourism, and the return of in-person events. It was a high-spirited gathering in a magnificent space. Guests were invited to browse the museum’s galleries, including the acclaimed “Matisse in the 1930’s” exhibit. 

 

(Almost) season’s greetings! It’s the time of year when we’re all thinking of ways to celebrate the holidays—whether that means arranging a gathering for groups or planning an activity to show your appreciation to your team and clients. New York, always a magical holiday destination, has a host of ways to get into the holiday spirit, with iconic performances and events. Here are some ideas:

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Nov. 30

 

October is the month of fall color viewing, pumpkin picking, and pizza. Yes, October is National Pizza Month, and if you’re looking to commemorate the occasion, head to New Jersey.

Others may disagree—let’s make that, others will certainly disagree—but last year Food & Wine Magazine named New Jersey the best pizza state in America, followed by Connecticut and New York in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively. Pennsylvania landed in seventh place and Massachusetts nabbed 10th place.