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Past NYC & Company Talks

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Below is a list of previous programs with related information and presentation materials.

NYC & Company Talks: Accessibility in Our Digital and Physical World

We are thrilled to share the video from our recent NYC & Company Talks: Accessibility in Our Digital and Physical World at TheTimesCenter. This event offered a compelling and insightful dialogue on how we can all be more accountable and inclusive in our efforts to make New York City accessible to all. We encourage you to follow up with the panelists and share the video with your teams to continue the conversation.


Victor Calise
Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities
Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities Contact Page

Peter Slatin
Founder and President, The Slatin Group

Steve Goodman

Matt Kaplowitz
Bridge Multimedia

Lakshmee Lachhman-Persad
Accessible Travel NYC

Cindy VandenBosch
Turnstile Tours & Studio

Kyle Wright
Shubert Organization


Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library:

NYC Bar Association Disability Law Committee:

NYC Bar Association Disability Law Committee Find a Lawyer page:

Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act


Accessible NYC, NYC & Company’s accessibility page, features unique editorial content specifically developed to help visitors with disabilities find hotels, restaurants, attractions and services that accommodate their needs. Please update your profile by following the instructions below:

  1. Log in to your account profile at
  2. Click on My Account.
  3. Along left-hand navigation, select Profile, then Accounts. Click on your business name.
  4. Click on Manage Your Amenities and select the Accessibility Amenities that your business provides.


NYC & Company Talks: Nurturing NYC’s Nightlife

Monday, May 13, 2019
Webster Hall

Affirming our reputation as “the city that never sleeps,” New York City’s world-famous nightlife is a vital part of our tourism landscape. Much of its appeal is owed to the small businesses that diversify the City’s vibrant after-hours scene.

In this installment, NYC & Company hosted Ariel Palitz, senior executive director, MOME Office of Nightlife, and Gregg Bishop, commissioner, NYC Small Business Services, for a conversation about helping member businesses thrive in this competitive tourism sector. Palitz and Bishop addressed how small businesses operate and grow, explored the resources available to them from SBS and shared the initiatives of the Office of Nightlife. 

We plan to build a page on our members-only website to provide you with resources and important links. For the time being, please visit the below links for more information:

Small Business Services

Office of Nightlife

Special thanks to Webster Hall for hosting our event. If you're interested in learning more about booking an event there, please contact Heather Vaughan at


Optimizing Your Google Presence

Monday, April 8, 2019
Google NYC

Over the course of the session members learned to improve their business' visibility on Google – specifically how to optimize their listings on Google Search and products like Google Maps and Google Trips. Members were also able to create and verify their Business Profile on Google, get and respond to reviews, add images and more.

Attendees received tactical training, a how-to guide explaining processes and a deeper understanding of best practices for using Google My Business.


Responding Under Fire: The T.A.S.K. Process

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center​

We recently hosted a special NYC & Company Talks event where our members heard how to prepare in the event of a crisis situation. Retired FBI special agent and active shooter subject matter expert Jin Kim presented the Threat Adaptation Strategies & Know How (T.A.S.K.) process, with a focus on individual survival techniques.

Speaker Information:

Jin Kim, Principal & Founder, PerSec Academy L.L.C.

For questions or immediate requests, please contact Jin Kim at:


Welcoming LGBTQ+ Travel & WorldPride 2019

Monday, October 29, 2018
Manhattan Center

This NYC & Company Talks was established in anticipation of World Pride 2019 in New York City, which will mark 50 years since the historic Stonewall Uprising. Featuring leading voices in LGBTQ+ tourism, the conversation centered on how members can prepare for the main event and welcome visitors throughout the City’s yearlong celebration of Pride.

Speakers included:

Fred Dixon, President and CEO, NYC & Company

Donna Keren, SVP of Research, NYC & Company

John Tanzella, President and CEO, IGLTA

For information on IGLTA, please visit:

David Studinski, Executive Board Co-Chair, Heritage of Pride

For more information on Heritage of Pride, please visit:

Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato and Kenny Porpora, Founders, HospitableMe

For more information on how to connect with the HospitableMe team, please visit:

Watch the presentation:

Develop Your Meetings and Leisure Business

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

NYC & Company Team shared valuable insights to engage with the global markets and sales initiatives.

Following the main presentation, attendees were welcomed to two breakout sessions to further the conversation with team members from each department.

Breakout sessions included the following topics:
Destination Selling: A series of table discussions led by the Convention Development team designed to help you develop your meetings business.

Travel Trade Engagement A to Z: A series of table discussions led by the Tourism Development team to learn how to best develop your leisure business through the travel trade.

Responding Under Fire: Active Shooter Survival Strategies

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Jin Kim - FBI New York Division 


Improving Security, Ensuring Success

In Celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Robert Tucker - T&M Protection Resources

Joseph Russo - T&M Protection Resources

Program Information

T&M Protection Resources

Meetings Mean Business


Great Service, Great Business

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Christopher Duck - American Express

Jaclyn Bernstein - Empire Force Events/Access NY

Carl Cohen - Denihan Hospitality Group

Valerie McNamara - American Express

John Ragan MS - Union Square Hospitality Group

Alan Steel - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Watch the presentation:


Crisis Planning 101

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Suzanne Halpin - Rubenstein

Presentation Materials

NYC & Company Talks: Crisis Planning 101 Highlights


Strategic Social Media

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Ben Brock Johnson - Marketplace Tech

Fiona Boyce - Commune Hotels & Resorts

Mona Hamouly - American Express

Sree Sreenivasan - The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Americans with Disabilities Act: Going Beyond Compliance to Improve Customer Service

Monday, July 20, 2015


Kleo King - Deputy Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities

Peter Slatin - Founder and President, The Slatin Group

Presentation Materials

The Slatin Group Presentation Document


A New Era of Chinese Tourism: Growing Chinese Travel and Its Opportunities

Monday, June 8, 2015


Arthur Chin

Diamond International/GD TianTian | Holiday International

Bill Liu - Hurun Report

Marilou Morado-Castro - Amerilink International Corporation

Cindy Ying - Shanghai Ukubang | Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Presentation Materials

NYC & Company Talks: A New Era in Chinese Tourism

2015 China Factsheet

History of International Travel to NYC (2005 to 2014)

Chinese International Travel Monitor 2014

NTA China Inbound Program Approved Tour Operator List

Hurun Report on the Chinese Luxury Traveler (2015)

Recommended Translation Services

Contact Information


Sustainability and Your Business

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Elizabeth Balkan - NYC Department of Sanitation

Hervé Houdré - InterContinental New York Barclay

Rebecca Marshall - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Susan Sampliner - Broadway Green Alliance

Dana Schneider - Jones Lang LaSalle

John Skipper - Con Edison

Presentation Materials

NYC & Company Talks: Sustainability and Your Business