Tourism Conference With HAA & The GHCC at Schomburg

May 22, 2014

East harlem1Tourism is the top growth industry in New York City…

Harlem Arts Alliance in concert with The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce jointly convene a Harlem Tourism Conference on Monday June 2, 2014, 5:30pm, at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at West 135th Street in Harlem.

Acknowledging the importance of Harlem as one of the most recognized brand names in the world, the Tourism Conference will explore the significance of Harlem as an international cultural magnet and the many ways Harlem is building on its rich reputation. The two keynote speakers for the Tourism Conference are Ken Knuckles, President, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone and Fred Dixon, President, NYC & Company.

Voza Rivers, Chairman of Harlem Arts Alliance, will moderate a panel of marketing, event, theater and business professionals exploring the collaborative layers necessary for a successful Harlem Tourism initiative. These distinguished panelists are Curtis Archer, President, Harlem Community Development Corporation, Kelly Ann Curtin, Vice President, NYC & Company, Winston Majette, Executive Director HARLEM WEEK (celebrating its 40th anniversary), and Angie Hancock, Publisher, Experience Harlem, (a tourist guide to Harlem).

Because of the booming restaurant industry in Harlem, there will be a special panel, moderated by Patricia Ricketts, Vice President, The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, with restauranteurs from Londel’s, Melba’s, Sylvia’s, Jado Sushi and Dinosaur BBQ.

Two special awards will also be presented at the conference, the 2014 Tourism Business Award to Sylvia’s Restaurant which is celebrating 52 years in Harlem, and the 2014 Government Tourism Award to the National Park Service, which is responsible for the U. S. Grant National Memorial Park, Hamilton Grange, and The African Burial Ground.

Tourism is the top growth industry in New York City, generating 363,050 jobs directly supported by visitor spending. According to the report, New York City Tourism; A Model for Success, published by NYC & Company, 53 million tourists visited New York City in 2013 generating approximately $58 billion in total spending.  The report further states that overall, cultural visitation has gone up 30% since 2006.  Of particular note is the allure of culture to the International and repeat visitor.

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Harlem is America’s most iconic community, and has been touted as one of the key tourist attractions in New York City with its numerous museums, art galleries, restaurants, theaters, houses of worship, entertainment, and world-class shopping. Each year over 2.5 million residents and visitors attend Harlem churches and their jazz, dance and theater programs.  Harlem’s city, state and federal parks attract over 16 million visitors annually.  Harlem has truly left a unique mark on the global stage.

Clearly there is a lot to do in Harlem whether you are visiting or you are lucky enough to live here.  Enjoy our intimate eating establishments.  Visit our crowded night spots and experience the syncopated sounds of Harlem’s talented musicians performing nightly with the best of the best. For information on Harlem tour sites visit , &

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Admission to the Harlem Tourism Conference is complimentary.  However, because space is limited and demand will be heavy, an RSVP is requested. Call Ms. Heatley to reserve at (347) 735-4280 ext. 251 or email  For more details on the Harlem Tourism Conference visit or

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