New York City aims to lure Canadian visitors, opens tourism office in Toronto


TORONTO – With the number of Canadians travelling to New York City on the rise – about 880,00 visited in 2007, up from 840,000 in 2006 – the city’s official tourism marketing agency has opened a Toronto office.

George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Co., said “there’s no better time to visit New York City,” citing a favourable exchange rate and several promotions.

NYC Open: Book 2008 provides special offers at hotels, restaurants, shops, cultural and entertainment venues. Third Night offers visitors one free extra night at participating hotels following the purchase of two nights. And NYC Sunday Stays offers discounts for guests who spend a Sunday night at participating hotels.

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Toronto-base Porter Airlines says it will offer seven daily round trip flights between Toronto City Centre Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport starting March 31.

And Air Canada has launched its New York Weekender Pass, offering two round-trips to New York City for travel on Saturdays and Mondays from Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto.