There was plenty going on for Global Meetings Industry Day on April 4 (the fourth annual Meetings Mean Business Coalition event), but NYC & Company caught everyone's attention by turning some of the city's most iconic buildings blue. Using MMBC’s signature color, the goal was to raise awareness of the impact that face-to-face meetings have on the global economy and NYC.

The following buildings stayed blue from sundown to 2 a.m.:

Midtown Manhattan: The Javits Center’s glass-enclosed 15-story Crystal Palace; the Empire State Building; and the spires of One Bryant Park and 151 West 42nd St.

Lower Manhattan: One World Trade Center and Pier 17 at the Seaport District

Brooklyn: Coney Island Parachute Jump joined the annual GMID lightings for the first time

You'll remember that NYC & Company also did a similar thing for Climate Week NYC.

 

On September 1, over 1,500 businesses across the country illuminated their buildings with red lights to draw attention to the devastation that the live events and performance art industries have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

According to a survey commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), frequent travelers feel safer when hotels adhere to AHLA's Stay Safe guidelines, which detail cleaning protocols for hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

Through responses to bi-weekly surveys, Global Business Travel Association members have indicated that domestic busines travel is ramping up after months of struggle.