NEW YORK -- On
the first day of the New York City transit strike, hotels were not
suffering from the strike, according to NYC & Co., the New York
City tourism marketing organization.
Between the third Saturday
of December and Christmas day the occupancy usually drops to 55%
from the upper 80s to low 90s, said a spokeswoman. It kicks back up
to the low 90s again as we approach [the] New Years [holiday]. A
lot of companies have taken corporate blocks for their people to
stay in, so the hotels are seeing high occupancies.
It was too early
on the first day of the strike, the spokeswoman said, for
attractions such as the Circle Line, Gray Line sightseeing tours,
the Empire State Building and Broadway to determine the effect of
the strike on their business.
While too early
for negligible effects to be seen, Cristyne Nicholas, president and
CEO of NYC & Co., said she feared the transit strike would
jeopardize the citys $24 billion tourism industry, which is on
track to set a record of 41 million visitors for 2005.
For details on
the Citys Contingency Plan (see box below for some specifics),
visit www.nyc.gov/portal/index.jsp?front_door=true; in
addition, NYC & Co. posted a list of Alternative Transportation
Tips for Visitors, which can be found at www.nycvisit.com/content/index.cfm?pagePkey=1642.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].