Mon, Nov 8th 2021 05:30 pm
Announcement coincides with reopening of international borders
√ $100 million in one-time payments to support hardest-hit tourism workers
√ $100 million in grants to encourage tourism employers to rehire staff
√ $25 million to attract convention center and hotel events; additional $25 million for global and domestic marketing efforts
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” inclusive recovery package to support New York’s hardest-hit tourism sector workers, revitalize the state’s tourism industry, and support businesses started just prior to or during the pandemic. Her news coincided with the reopening of international borders.
Hochul made the announcement at the Museum of Natural History, joined by representatives from “I LOVE NY,” “NY Forever,” tourism and business groups, as well as labor groups representing workers in the tourism industry. Her team said this package of programs represents a multifaceted approach to revitalizing the industry through assistance for workers, investments in small businesses, and consumer-focused marketing around the nation and the world.
“Our tourism industry represents the essence of what sets New York apart from the rest. New York can’t come back from this pandemic unless our tourism industry and its workers come back,” Hochul said. “Our nation-leading $450 million recovery package not only helps tourism industry workers…