NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – September 2019

What to do in NYC This Winter

With holiday lights twinkling in the branches and piping-hot roasted chestnuts for sale on street corners, there’s no place like New York City in the winter. Here’s what your clients can do in all five of the City’s boroughs during the colder months.

Become an NYC Destination Expert

Learn to sell the City like a native with NYC & Company’s free, on-demand webinars, which are designed especially for travel trade professionals.

Alaska Travel Trade News: Must do list for Fall – August 2019

In Anchorage, the first signs of fall are visible in mid-August. A few yellow leaves begin to fall and the days end with vibrant sunsets and dark night skies – perfect for northern lights viewing. It’s a great time to visit and there’s still so much to see and do. Explore this top 10 fall travel ideas.

Farmers markets are wildly popular in Anchorage and during late summer a bounty of fresh vegetables appear, as local farmers harvest their crops. Your clients will love the variety of produce, and other locally made items found at our various markets located throughout the city.

Orlando Travel Academy – OrlandoTradeInsider – August 2019

Our Newest Experiences Are Here!

Autumn is going to be awesome in Orlando — especially with your customers here! We’re kicking off the season with fall festivals and Halloween events, and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™ at Universal Orlando Resort is already providing plenty of reasons to visit. Plus, get a breakdown of everything we’ve added over the past five years. Don’t let your clients settle for a second-best travel destination. Send them to Orlando! Plus, be sure to check out our all-new Orlando Travel Academy, featuring an updated course with fresh content and modules, amazing benefits and interactive games. Take this valuable, free course today!


NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – August 2019

How much do you know about Manhattan?

Become an expert on Manhattan neighborhoods like Harlem, the Flatiron District, the Lower East Side and the Upper West Side with this free webinar designed especially for travel trade professionals.

Selling NYC Broadway Week

NYC Broadway Week returns September 3–16, and consumers can already browse shows and book their 2-for-1 tickets. Our tool kit has images and logos travel professionals can use in their own marketing communications.

2019 Brand USA Video Storytelling Awards – August 2019


Brand USA announced winners of the first-ever Brand USA Video Storytelling Award during the ESTO Destination Day Lunch. Brand USA President and CEO Christopher L. Thompson presented the awards to representatives from Destination DC and New Mexico Tourism Department in recognition of their compelling and inspiring video content. Learn more about the award winners, and watch their videos, below:

Destination DC “The Arts District, Washington, DC” Video Series:
Culture is a unique lens by which to discover a destination and Destination DC used its creative voices to bring the city to life in its video series, “Explore the Arts District in Washington, DC.”

NYC & Company – Travel Trade Newsletter – July 2019

Family Friendly Shopping in New York

Shopping for souvenirs is a great way for your clients to experience new neighborhoods across NYC’s five boroughs. Here are some fun specialty shops that are perfect for anyone traveling with children.

Get to know Brooklyn

Whether your clients want to take in live music, indulge in the bustling restaurant scene, shop for vintage threads or stroll the tree-lined streets, Brooklyn has something to offer everyone. This free, on-demand webinar will get you up to date on everything they can do in Brooklyn.

North Dakota eNewsletter – July 2019


Make the most of your trip to North Dakota


Experience the sights and sounds that turned a timid New Yorker into a President


See how one man's passion for the Maah Daah Hey Trail creates a memorable adventure destination


South Dakota Travel Professionals E-newsletter – June 2019

A Taste of South Dakota

South Dakota’s heritage is a combination of proud indigenous people as well as the settlers who made their way to the region over the last few centuries. Today, the state’s diverse and unique food culture offers up delicious evidence of local lineage. Here you’ll find German, Scandinavian, Native American, and other distinct and regional dishes. Highlighted are three famous South Dakota dishes and the group-friendly restaurants where you can taste them for yourself!


Visit Orlando – No. 1 Summer Destination – May 2019

No. 1 Summer Destination Orlando
Sizzles with New Openings and Deals
World’s top summer spot entices visitors with all-new attractions, dining options and deals

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando, Theme Park Capital of the World®, is the world’s top summer destination according to AAA. And with new theme park expansions, hotels and unique dining adventures, 2019 is set to be one of Orlando’s biggest summers yet.

“Orlando is always innovating, with immersive new experiences and unbeatable hospitality that keeps visitors returning year after year,” said Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel. “It’s this memorable combination that keeps Orlando the most-visited destination in the country, with a record 75 million visitors in 2018.”

New Immersive Adventures
• At Universal Orlando Resort™, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure coaster opens on June 13. This ride, described as Universal’s most highly-themed coaster to date, takes guests deep into the Forbidden Forest, to check out the various fantastic beasts that call the woods home.
• Walt Disney World® Resort opens Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Aug. 29. Set on the planet Batuu, the new land features two thrilling galactic rides, immersive shops, a restaurant and a character meet-and-greet spot.
• Aquatica® Orlando’s new attraction KareKare Curl™ debuted April 12. This new slide is styled after a curve-shaped wave and welcomes two riders at a time, climbing the vertical wave wall for a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure.
• Walt Disney World Resort brings baller excitement to Disney Springs on Aug. 12 with the opening of the NBA Experience, offering 13 hands-on games and activities for basketball fans in a one-of-a-kind attraction.
• Wild Florida is set to open an all-new 75-acre safari park, an expansion that will result in the park growing six-fold. Guests will have the option to drive their own vehicles or ride on a guided buggy tour. Over 100 animals native to Florida will be on this land, along with a zip-line that lets visitors fly over the park.

New for Little Kids
• Walt Disney World Resort’s new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a live show now open in Hollywood Studios, featuring beloved characters from the Cars movie series like Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.
• SeaWorld® Orlando brought a beloved world to life with the opening of Sesame Street in March, just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary. Families can explore 6 acres of the iconic neighborhood, enjoying story time with Big Bird and SeaWorld’s first daily parade with Elmo and other characters.
• LEGOLAND® Florida Resort debuted Lego Movie World, one of the largest additions ever made to the park, with three new attractions based on worlds within the film.
• Fun Spot America will add a 4,000-square-foot splash pad this summer, offering 30 interactive features from fountains to moving sprays for little ones to enjoy.
• Crayola Experience will add three new experiences to spark creativity in kids, including the opportunity to take larger-than-life interactive silly selfies, color and customize their own Scribble Scrubbies, a handheld washable toy, and enjoy kid-safe games as part of the Crayola Create & Play app.
New Accommodations
• Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, a new beach-themed value hotel, debuts June 27. Surfside will feature spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six, with rates starting at $170.10. Its sister property, Dockside Inn and Suites will join the value resort in March 2020.

New & Notable Dining
• Disney Springs welcomed Jaleo by José Andrés, featuring Spanish cuisine paired with a premier selection of Spanish wines.
• Bigfire, the next original concept at Universal CityWalk, will open this summer featuring woodfire cooking amid the decor of a lakeside lodge. Guests will also be able to make fireside s’mores right at their table and play lawn games on the patio.
• Universal Orlando Resort opened The TODAY Cafe on May 16. Guests can stop by for seasonal dishes inspired by Al Roker’s favorite recipes and dine amid immersive TODAY Show stage lights and theming. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and even wine and beer are available.

The Orlando Destination
Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is the No. 1 family vacation destination, Theme Park Capital of the World®, and most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.

Alaska Travel Trade News: Summer solstice – May 2019


Do you have clients visiting or cruising into Southcentral Alaska – Seward or Whittier – in the month of June? June 21 marks the longest day of the year and there are amazing summer solstice events taking place in and around Anchorage. Your clients can fit a lot of fun in during the summer months with long daylight hours.


Did you know that your clients can fish for two popular species of salmon right in the heart of downtown Anchorage? Salmon are literally steps away! Ship Creek has king and silver salmon runs in June and August, respectively. Not ready to cast a line? Nearby viewing platforms give onlookers the best view of the action.