—Fans Encouraged to Vote for NYC Online for Top Honor in People’s Voice Division Through April 28—

New York City (April 14, 2011)—NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced its nomination for the Best Tourism Website in The Webby Awards’ 15th Annual international contest. The competition honors excellence on the Internet with categories ranging from website to interactive advertising, mobile and apps, online video and film. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor," the Annual Webby Awards selects two winners from each category via members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and the general public who vote online during the Webby People’s Voice Award ballot period April 12 – April 28. NYC & Company launched in January of 2009 in an effort to provide visitors and New York City residents with rich content and interactive tools to better explore the City’s five boroughs.

“NYC & Company is honored to be considered for Best Tourism Website in this year’s Webby Awards,” said Willy Wong, NYC & Company Chief Creative Officer. “We’re committed to leveraging strong design, content, and technology to support New York City and its perception around the world. Our team will continue to challenge ourselves to create the most engaging and compelling experience for all audiences.”

Over the past two years, has evolved, growing from an editorial-driven website into one with full transactional capabilities that has expanded across multiple channels, and mobile and social media extensions including brick and mortar centers, making it easy for visitors to take advantage of all the best that there is to see and do across the five boroughs. Transactional partners include Travelocity, Telecharge, Ticketmaster and OpenTable powering bookings for hotels, vacation packages, event and attraction tickets, and restaurant reservations.

Through April 28, NYC & Company fans can cast their votes in The Webby People's Voice Awards at Winners will be announced on May 3, 2011 and honored at the Annual Webby Gala in New York City on June 13, 2011.

The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GA Chief Bob Greenberg, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley, Arianna Huffington and Harvey Weinstein. The awards honor excellence in more than 100 categories; in 2010, The Webby Awards received close to 10,000 entries from all 50 U.S. states and more than 60 countries.