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Question of the Day:
Do you work in the tourism industry and if so, are you feeling the recession yet?
If you want to help our economy, how about we all open our couches to friends and family to come to the city! They save on hotels, but they still spend on taxis, restaurants and entertainment!
Brian, the problem with the retail and other businesses was that the things stores put on sales were crap no one wanted to buy, on stuff people needed and wanted to buy there was no sale.
I don't work in tourism, but I work for a national company trying to cut back on costs, so colleagues from other offices are less likely to travel to New York, or will just come for the day to save the $400 on hotels.
I work at the Time & Life Building across the street from Radio City Music Hall and it's a madhouse around here. The crowds have been thick for weeks and doesn't look like it's waning.
I am both an NYC Tour guide and a travel agent.A lot of tours have been cancelling for the last month--early Dec. should have been good but was not. Late Dec. was good.Lots of tours and groups have cancelled for early next year. Even the Canadians are cancelling their tours--one French Canadian tour company has already sold 3 of their busses.
I also have a cruise agency. People are buying much cheaper shorter vacations than a year ago. Cruise lines are lowering the prices, and we are making much less money.
I wanted to get last-minute tkts for my family at TKTS on Sunday night (2 days ago). One could not take a step in any direction around Times Square with stepping on someone. On a SUNDAY NIGHT!
The cheapest tix at the TKTS booth for the show that I'd wanted to see was $90! We deferred. Out-of-towners must think that the prices in NYC are monstrous; I do.
In the year of the "staycation" and "holistay," it seems that the rise in tourism in NYC could be due to more people choosing to go closer and for less when vacationing this year. Heading into the city for the weekend is much more economical than heading to Florida or the Caribbean.
how would one even begin to count the number of people who come to NYC as tourists each year?
Mama Mia! 3 dads! Great movie!
I don't work in the tourism industry, but I ride my bike over the Brooklyn Bridge almost every day, and the foot traffic has definitely been higher this year. This is the busiest holiday season I've seen. Wish there was some way to let our guests know that standing in the bike lane to take a picture is DANGEROUS.
I work in Mulligan's Bar and Restaurant in midtown where much of our business is afterwork or tourists on the weekends. This year the number of tourists in the bar have been much larger than last year. However, the number of corporate holiday parties have declined, the tourists kept us going through the holiday season.
I'm the bar manager at the Broadway show Mama Mia.Our business has remained 'robust' as they say. the other day the line for tickets snaked a long way around the corner of 51st street.
Our drinks are expensive, ten dollars a shot and people are still ordering doubles!
Of course tips could always be better...
Yes, I worked for a big online travel agency and was recently laid off in a reduction of force. Granted the majority of our business is not New York specific so this being a big year for New York City tourism didn't factor in, and our headquarters are elsewhere. The turbulence in the airline industry affected our business, or more particularly affected our parent company, while the decrease in consumer spending affected the OTA directly.
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