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
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
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 www.nycvisit.com.
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