NEW YORK -- The first phase of the New York Convention and
Visitors Bureau's Web site is up and running.
The site opens with the image of an apple transforming into the
Earth while the words "New York City" move across the screen to the
beat of a specially written piece of electronic music.
One click takes the viewer to the home page, where the browser
is saluted by -- believe it or not -- a friendly cab driver.
From there, visual icons and a pull-down table of contents
provide tools for navigating the site.
There are eight interactive areas and more than 200 pages of
information ranging from "How to Get Here" to "42 Things to Do in
NYC for Under $10."
A visitor to the site can create and print customized
information such as a calendar of events for a specific time frame
or a list of hotels in a certain area.
Information and graphics can be downloaded by users preparing a
travel itinerary, and on-line forms for group travel can be sent
electronically to the bureau.
The Web site address is http: