Mike Pence, the Republican Party vice-presidential candidate, has escaped unhurt after his plane slid off the runway while landing in New York. The Indiana governor’s plane left the runway at LaGuardia Airport earlier. No one was injured during the incident, with Pence and 30 passengers evacuated through the back of the plane.
New plans have been unveiled for the building of a new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, which is projected to open to the public in 2019. This is the first new building construction undertaken by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, which has been responsible for historic restoration and preservation since the 1980s.
Meliá Hotels International launched its first urban lifestyle hotel, INNSIDE New York NoMad, located in the heart of New York, earlier this year. The 313 room new build, 20-storey hotel boasts spectacular views of the New York’s skyline, the Empire State Building and Freedom Towers. Here reporter Josephine Perez calls in for Breaking Travel News.
Words that conjure endless excitement – new additions to the arts scene, celebrity chefs transforming the dining experience, pace setting fashion and soaring architecture, tradition and innovation now exist side by side. In the midst of it all, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is now open. “Downtown New York has been reborn as the most vibrant neighbourhood in city,” says Peter Humig, general manager of the all-new Hotel.
Delta and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey will partner to replace Terminals C and D at New York’s LaGuardia Airport with a state-of-the-art facility. The project, which was approved earlier by PANYNJ, is part of a new lease agreement to be negotiated at the airport through 2050. The authority has committed, as part of the agreement, $600 million to facilitate construction of the terminal and other supporting infrastructure.
Delta Air Lines will launch its new non-stop flight between Edinburgh and New York’s John F. Kennedy airports today, offering more onward connections and on-board amenities than any other airline serving this route. The new service extends Delta’s UK network into Scotland and will operate year-round, offering customers a choice of 60 onward connections throughout the US including popular destination such as Los Angeles, Orlando and San Francisco.
NYC & Company has announced its 2016 tourism forecast, with the city expected to welcome a high of 59.7 million visitors, making it the seventh consecutive year for record-breaking tourism. “Every corner of New York City is full of diverse cultures, art, entertainment and performing arts,” said New York mayor Bill de Blasio. “It is not surprising – but still exciting – to know that 2016 will be yet another record breaking year for tourism.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC & Company today announced that 2015 was the sixth consecutive year for record-breaking tourism, with the city welcoming an estimated 58.3 million visitors last year, an increase of 1.8 million visitors over a year ago. Visitation for 2015 comprised 46 million domestic and 12.3 million international visitors, both all-time highs.
NYC & Company has unveiled the newest iteration of its Make it NYC meetings and conventions marketing campaign at IMEX America 2015, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events. The campaign includes refreshed branding and advertising incorporating a new tagline, “Meet Where You Want to Be.”
Alongside vice president Joe Biden, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has introduced a plan to redesign New York-LGA in partnership with Delta. Rendering of upgraded LGA: “This is what New Yorkers deserve and have deserved for a long time,” Cuomo said at a luncheon hosted by the Association for a Better New York. “And now we’re going to get it.”
New York governor Cuomo has been joined by US vice president Joe Biden to unveil the vision for the comprehensive redesign of LaGuardia Airport. Under the plans, the airport will be transformed into a single, structurally unified main terminal with expanded transportation access, significantly increased taxiway space and best-in-class passenger amenities. Construction on the first half of the new unified terminal, expected to be a $4 billion project that creates 8,000 direct jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs, will be managed by LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a new public private partnership chosen by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to build the project.