NEW YORK -- This city is offering business travelers and convention
attendees a number of services aimed at making it more
cost-effective -- and a bit more fun -- to come here on business.
The VIP Delegate Program, created by the New York Convention and
Visitors Bureau, provides discounts for trade show delegates at
establishments throughout the city that are members of the
The program is open to all delegates and exhibitors attending
shows at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. To receive discounts,
delegates must show their badges at participating restaurants,
cultural institutions, theaters, clubs or sightseeing companies.
The program also provides discounts to certain major sporting and
cultural events throughout the year.
For information, call the bureau's Convention Services
Department at (212) 484-1207.
For meeting planners, the city upgraded its convention services
via a central hotel reservations program managed by Housing
On-Line, a company that arranges housing, registration and travel
services for trade show and convention attendees.
Planners can access the company's Web site at www.houseol.com for
information on hotels that includes prices, business amenities and
graphics. Customers can send e-mail inquiries to account executives
via the site, and reservations can be made by mail, fax and the
Each event is assigned a dedicated toll-free number that
planners can call Mondays to Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays and holidays, Pacific Time. For
information, call (800) 915-9931 or (702) 798-6381.
According to experts, more and more meeting and convention
attendees are bringing their kids along on business. Responding to
the trend, meeting and convention planners are turning to temporary
child-care companies to meet their clients' needs.
KiddieCorps offers services for kids primarily between the ages
of 6 months and 12 years, said a company spokesman. Its staff
offers arts and crafts projects, board games and participation
games and can set up shop at the Javits Center. "Most of the
activities are based on kids' being able to play with other kids,"
he said. For information, call KiddieCorps at (619) 455-1718 or
visit the company's Web site at www.kiddiecorp.com.
The other provider of on-site child care for youngsters from 6
months to 12 years is New York-based Convention Kids Inc. The
company, which also arranges to baby-sit for children at hotels,
can be reached at (212) 861-6033.
Corporate events planners looking for an alternative to standard
giveaways might consider "One-on-One with Greg Norman," a
personalized video golf lesson in a traveling van.
Each One-on-One van is equipped with state-of-the-art video and
computer technology and can come directly to the meeting venue. The
golfer's swing is filmed and analyzed via computer, then evaluated
using 21 split-screen computer-generated comparisons that put the
swing of Norman -- one of the world's best and most popular pro
golfers -- side by side with that of the client's. For more
information, call Visual Edge Systems Inc. at (888) NORMAN-1.