Conventions and conferences – Not NYC.

A recent article in Hotel news named Las Vegas as the # 1 US city for conventions. NYC remains the top hunting ground for celebrities and premieres but doesn’t cut it as a preferred venue for conferences and meetings.

New York cannot be the #1 place for conventions owing to space limitations and attendant costs nor should it strive to.

The Javits expansion is expected to strengthen NYC’s ability to draw in more conventions but there will always be large, price-sensitive groups who want all events to be situated concentrically around the Convention center. NYC’s offerings don’t allow for that.

The important point is that New York cannot compete merely on price – it will never win – but the reason for people coming here are the same reasons that high apartment prices and cost of living does not deter thousands, young and old, who look to relocate to the city every year.

As the country’s financial nervecenter and the headquarters of many prestigious Fortune 500 companies, NYC offers business visitors the chance to do more outside of the convention. The city offers countless networking opportunities and is the seat of many great innovations in business, technology and science. In addition to being the greatest place for things to do, NYC is also home to some of the most influential men and women of our times.

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.

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