NEW YORK -- Jonathan Tisch has stepped down as chairman of NYC & Company, New York's official tourism and marketing organization, and will also leave the board of directors.
Tisch's resignation takes effect immediately. NYC & Company's CEO, George Fertitta, will serve as interim chairman.
Tisch had served in the post for six years, starting shortly after 9/11.
In an interview, Tisch said his departure was influenced by other engagements and obligations, such as Loews Hotels, where he is CEO. "It's time to move on," he said.
Tisch will continue to serve on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; he will also continue as chairman of the Travel Business Roundtable, where he has been a frequent speaker on visa and point-of-entry issues.
In 2007, the New York enjoyed its most successful tourism year ever, counting 46.3 million visitors.
"Travel and tourism is a cornerstone of New York City's bright future," Tisch said in a statement. "The groundwork and personnel are in place to continue moving forward, and I am confident that the NYC & Company team will help lead the city to unprecedented growth and prosperity."
With a commitment of $15 million in annual funding for tourism promotion, said Tisch, the city was able to launch major campaigns, including "This Is New York City," the city's first multimedia global campaign, and "Just Ask the Locals," which offered recommendations of attractions and restaurants by celebrities who lived or worked in the Big Apple.
Also during Tisch's tenure, the organization stepped up efforts to do tourism outreach in international destinations such as China. NYC & Company has 17 international offices serving 24 markets.
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