New York: Everyones welcome during RNC

NEW YORK -- In a first for a national political convention, NYC & Co., this citys tourism marketing group, launched a discount promotion for the "sanctioned" protestors who will descend upon the city during the Republican National Convention scheduled for Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

The "Peaceful Political Activists" promotion includes discounts on attractions, restaurants, hotels and sightseeing for protestors belonging to organizations hosting sanctioned protests during the convention.

Special buttons will be given to these organizations for distribution to its members. The buttons will also be available at the citys Visitor Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street and visitor information kiosks located at the southern tip of City Hall Park at Broadway and Park Row and on 125th Street at Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd.

The city is doing all it can to keep businesses in the black during the convention. For example, the citys popular Summer Restaurant Week promotion, which has nearly 200 restaurants offering prix-fixe three-course lunches and dinners at reduced prices, was extended through Labor Day. It was originally set to end on July 2. The city is also promoting a Summer Breaks campaign with discounts at hotels, Broadway shows, cultural attractions and sightseeing tours for customers who pay with their American Express card.

For convention delegates, NYC & Co. recruited more than 400 businesses from all five boroughs to participate in a Come Early, Stay Late promotion from Aug. 22 to Sept. 8 and developed a brochure that was mailed to every delegate and alternate with information about discounts. As part of the promotion, all 43 convention hotels are extending their convention rates through Sept. 8. The idea, says NYC & Co., is to get delegates and their families to turn their visit into a vacation. Information about these promotions is available at

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Jorge Sidron at [email protected].

JDS Travel News JDS Viewpoints JDS Africa/MI