(Long Island City, NY) — Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey (D-Maspeth) announced today that the State of New York has awarded a grant of $70,000 to the Queens Tourism Council (QTC) to help it promote the borough as a destination during the upcoming year. The grant is part of the NYS Department of Economic Development’s “I Love NY” program.
“Queens has a lot of terrific attractions for visitors, and I am delighted to provide this grant to help tell the world about them,” said Assemblywoman Markey. “There are more than 43,000 tourism-related jobs in the borough, and the marketing programs of the Queens Tourism Council will also help boost our local economy.”
QTC intends to use the grant to launch an aggressive, multi-media marketing campaign to promote businesses and cultural agencies to residents of the Tri-state Area and to establish a presence at various international travel and hospitality conferences.
Assemblywoman Markey, who now chairs the Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sports Development Committee, created the first tourism program for Queens when she was a member of the staff of Queens Borough President Claire Shulman and established the Queens Tourism Council. The group currently consists of some 50 entities, including hotels, cultural organizations, restaurants and venues such as Citi Field, the USTA and Resorts World Casino NYC.
NYC & Company estimates that more than 52 million visitors came to the Big Apple in 2012, generating $55.3 billion in economic impact with direct spending reaching $36.9 billion.
“This is wonderful news, and I thank Assemblywoman Markey very much,” said QTC President Reggie Philip. “As Queens is the most diverse county in the U.S., we also have a large and diverse group of high-quality hotels, amazing restaurants, top-notch museums and places for family fun. I can’t wait to use this money to spread the word to tourists from everywhere so they can enjoy all that the borough has to offer.”
Assemblywoman Markey’s district includes Maspeth, Woodside and parts of Long Island City, Middle Village, Astoria and Sunnyside.
QTC promotes the world’s most diverse county through organized efforts by local businesses, cultural institutions and government. It fosters economic opportunities, travel and tourism by letting visitors and residents know that — with great places to visit, eat, play and stay — It’s In Queens!