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Queens expects money boost from All-Star Game


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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With the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Queens this year, local businesses are expecting a boost from the fans who will attend the game on July 16 at Citi Field, as well as the many events in the days before.

“The All-Star Game brings in more people than just the 45,000 people for the game itself,” said Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “They [fans] use hotel rooms, they use restaurants. And the beauty about the All-Star Game is that it’s not just one game, it’s a whole weekend.”

The Queens Chamber of Commerce created the “This is Queens” app to showcase the restaurants, hotels, sites and events in the borough after receiving $100,000 in state funding. Using the app tourist and fans can search for things to do and places to go in the borough and stay in Queens longer instead of traveling to Manhattan.

“The whole reason we got the money to build the app was because of the All-Star Game and the U.S. Open,” said Friedman. “We wanted to be sure that people coming in from the All-Star Game would find things to do.”
Restaurants around Citi Field are preparing for the influx of customers and hotels are already filled for the All-Star Weekend.

“The Z NYC Hotel is 71 percent filled this Friday [July 12] and 85 percent this Saturday [July 13],” said Lisa Gneo, director of sales and marketing of Z NYC Hotel. “The occupancy at the hotel has been consistent all summer long and as we approach the weekend, we could see an increase in bookings due to the All-Star Weekend.”

Some feel that the economic effects of the All-Star Game will extend beyond the country and have an international impact. With all the media attention the game will get, Queens will be talked about on television sets nation-wide and because of the Internet, around the world.

“In the long run it will be very positive for us,” said Rob Mackay, director of public relations for the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “Everybody loves Queens.”

 

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Mayor Bloomberg Announces City Will Have Record Number of Hotel Rooms


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THE COURIER/Photos by Steve Mosco

Overlooking Manhattan, on the Queens side of the East River, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city will reach a record 90,000 hotel rooms by year’s end – a clear message that people still love New York.

The mayor made the announcement on the rooftop of the newly opened Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City, where he was joined by State Senator Michael Gianaris, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta and Z NYC owner Henry Zilberman.

“More people want to visit New York City than ever before, and with a record 90,000 rooms, we have great places for them to stay,” the mayor said. “That’s good news not just for tourists, but also for the city’s economy. Our tourism sector employs 323,000 people, and those jobs are now increasingly located outside Manhattan, as tourists want to visit all of the city’s great neighborhoods.”

The mayor also said that 40 percent of the city’s new hotel openings are taking place in the outer boroughs – a fact that makes sense considering a majority of out-of-state and out-of-country visitors come via Queens’ airports.

“When people see the city, they start with Queens,” he said. “So it makes sense that they would look for restaurants and hotels in Queens.”
And all of those tourists mean revenue for the city. Last year, the city welcomed a record 48.8 million visitors who collectively spent $31 billion – meanwhile, the city is on track to break that same record this year.

Arguably, tourists are staying in and attracted to L.I.C. more than any other Queens neighborhood. There are now 17 hotels in L.I.C. with 1,500 rooms. Five more properties and 650 rooms are currently under construction. Major hotel brands in the western Queens neighborhood include Four Points by Sheraton Long Island City; Fairfield Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View; Country Inn & Suites; Holiday Inn Long Island City; and opening next month, the Wyndham Garden Long Island City.

There are also independent properties such as Ravel, the Queensboro Hotel, the Verve Hotel and Z NYC.

“L.I.C.’s popularity is rising because it’s an incredibly cool place and it gets cooler every day,” said Zilberman. “It’s close to shopping in Manhattan; it’s affordable, quiet and safe. It’s all about proximity and you can be in the city or the airport in less than 15 minutes.”