Biz Trip: New York City

New Triplex Suites atop the New York Palace hotel have huge outdoor decks w Jacuzzis (Chris McGinnis)

New Triplex Suites atop the New York Palace hotel have huge outdoor decks w Jacuzzis (Chris McGinnis)

When it comes to business travel, New York City is on a roll. In 2013, the city hosted a record 54 million visitors, whose spending produced nearly $60 billion in economic impact.

While most business travelers have likely bedded down at hotels in the popular, central Midtown area, demand has prompted a hotel building boom across all five boroughs. Over the last year a slew of new, upscale options have come online in areas like the Upper West Side (NYLO hotel), Greenwich Village (The Jade Hotel), Brooklyn (Wythe Hotel) and Queens (Z Hotel). Meanwhile, the Herald Square area has seen an influx of mid-priced, brand name hotels such as Best Western PremierHilton Garden InnHoliday Inn Express and Marriott Courtyard, among others. Last winter Marriott opened two new hotels inside the same building: a 378-room Courtyardand a 261-room Residence Inn. The soaring steel and glass tower near the southwest corner of Central Park is the tallest hotel building in the western hemisphere. More than 5,000 rooms have been built in the last two years, and by the end of 2014 the city will have more than 100,000, reports NYC & Company, the city’s tourism organization.

While New York City is the US’ most frequented point of entry for international travellers, the airport customs and immigration process can be slow and frustrating, in part because the city’s largest airports, John F Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International andLaGuardia, are a mix of old and new. However, the arrival experience at New York City is improving. In May 2013, Delta Air Lines moved into a brand new $1.4 billion international terminal at JFK’s Terminal 4. In October, the airline rolled out new automated passport control kiosks in its customs and immigration hall, which helped cut the 35-minute average wait time in half.

Where should you stay in New York City? Dine? Entertain or spend a free afternoon? Read Chris’s entire BBC post here. But come back to TravelSkills to post your comments, observations, tips and advice! 

(Chris McGinnis’s post about New York City originally appeared on BBC.com in Dec 2013)
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