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No part of New York City’s economy has been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic—or is facing a longer road to recovery—than the tourism sector. Prior to the crisis, the sector had reached new heights, employing more than 300,000 New Yorkers, producing vital tax revenue for the city, attracting record visitation, and helping to sustain accessible jobs at hotels, restaurants, museums and theaters, airports, retailers, and in many other industries.
This forum explored how city leaders and policymakers can lay the groundwork for a long-term recovery in tourism, what can be done now to support struggling businesses and institutions in the tourism economy, whether there is an opportunity to boost local and regional tourism, and what kind of marketing and tourism promotion for New York makes most sense right now. The panel also discussed what New York can learn from other major cities working to restart tourism during this crisis, including input and ideas from leading tourism officials in London, Montreal, and San Francisco.
Center for an Urban Future is a catalyst for smart and sustainable policies that reduce inequality, increase economic mobility, and grow the economy in NYC.
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