Five things to know about… New York

2019 promises to be rich for New York with the arrival of hotel brands to make their debut in the city that never sleeps, but also new tourist attractions. Overview of the main openings.

> A booming hotel industry

New York is further expanding its address book: in total, more than 110 projects are currently underway or planned in the five “boroughs” of New York City, whether they are new hotels or renovations. With openings that should not go unnoticed. So from TWA Hotel, located at JFK airport, which will take up residence in May in the old terminal of the company TWA, large enough to house some 500 rooms. Reservations are already open. Several brands are also preparing to take their first steps in New York. After Moxy, who notably put his suitcases in Time Square, The Hoxton, which has taken up residence in Williamsburg or Citizen M, still arrive new brands. Are now expected (among others) a hotel Six Senses (brand recently acquired by IHG) with 137 rooms,i should open in spring, as well as a Hard Rock Hotel New York of 455 rooms, on the 48th street side. The first Virgin Hotel de New York should also land in NYC, in the NoMad district, but it will be necessary to wait until 2020 to discover this address which will have 500 keys. Ditto for the new hotel Secure (83 rooms), which must establish itself in the heart of Manhattan.

The TWA Hotel will open in May. © DR

> In New York, we can also “Glamper”

Chic camping – Glamping en VO – is definitely trendy, and you can practice it in the most unexpected places. Even the Big Apple is doing it. Collective Governors Island thus offers a haven of peace, nestled in greenery, with a view of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. All of this is a short eight-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. And without compromising on comfort: the luxury bivouac-style tents are fully equipped with electricity, private bathroom and king size bed.

Collective Governors Island. ©DR

> The Moma gets a makeover

After renovation and expansion work, the famous MoMA will offer 30% more exhibition spaces to the public, with the first phase of work being finalized. In a few months, the museum will present its new face after finalization of the last works in progress. 2019 will also mark the inauguration of the new Statue of Liberty museum, which is scheduled to open next May in the western part of Liberty Island. Also expected for 2019 The Shed, a multi-cultural center dedicated to art in all its forms, exhibitions, design, media and events. Also new, for shopaholics this time, New York City will host its very first Empire Outlets, a shopping center, temple of good business, where a hundred shops will offer reduced prices. This new shopping destination will be located on the shores of St. George on Staten Island, which can be reached by the Staten Island Ferry (free).

The new Statue of Liberty museum. © DR

> New York, it’s cheaper in January and February

These are indeed the two months of low season, when Big Apple would like to convince more tourists to come. NYC & Company launched in January 2019 the program NYC Winter Outing, designed to encourage travelers to plan stays during this period, with reduced rates at the show during NYC Broadway Week (one seat purchased, one seat offered) or the restaurant during NYC Restaurant Week. Advantageous rates are also offered for visits to certain tourist sites and attractions. Accommodation is also cheaper during this period, NYC & Company points out.

> New York crossed the 800,000 French tourist mark in 2018

807,000 French tourists to be precise. A figure up 5.2% from the previous year. France is thus in fourth position in the “overseas” source markets behind Great Britain, China and Brazil. All markets combined, New York received 65.2 million visitors overall, marking a ninth year of tourism growth, with 13.5 million international tourists among them. Note that next June New York City will host for the first time the WorldPride 2019. 3 million visitors are expected for 30 days of festivities on this occasion.

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