Marriott International and G Holdings have announced the opening of an iconic addition to the New York City skyline, a combined 378-room Courtyard hotel and 261-suite Residence Inn hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The $320 million tallest single-use hotel in North America is located at 1717 Broadway.
Outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed the city will reach 54.3 million visitors in 2013, a new all-time high and an increase of nearly 20 million additional annual tourists from 2002. By the end of this year, visitors to New York City will have generated $58.7 billion in overall economic impact and $39.4 billion in direct spending, while jobs in the leisure and hospitality sector are anticipated to reach a monthly average of more than 370,000 by year’s end, demonstrating the importance of the tourism and hospitality industry to New York City and its economy.
Ellis Island Immigration Museum, part of Statue of Liberty National Monument, will reopen to the public on Monday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy submerged the island a year ago. “We are delighted to be able to share Ellis Island’s uniquely American story with the world once more,” said superintendent David Luchsinger.
Indian billionaire Subrata Roy has completed the purchase of the Plaza Hotel in New York for US$575 million. Sahara group, controlled by Roy, also bought the luxury hotel Dream New York from hotelier Vikram Chatwal for US$220 million.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled plans to transform the waterfront on Staten Island with the construction of the world’s largest Ferris wheel. A new retail complex and hotel, built on sites adjacent to Richmond County Bank Ballpark in St. George, also form part of the proposals.
Two tornadoes have hit New York City’s borough of Queens and Brooklyn, causing damage to residential areas and power cuts. No serious injuries have been reported.
Richard Armstrong is one of the personalities in the art world who needs no introduction. But for anyone who does not yet know him, since 2008, he has been the Director of the prestigious Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, one of the centers of excellence for modern and contemporary art housed in the famous spiral building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1940s.