Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo
announced big plans for the New York tourism community. He will be upgrading and modernizing the historic and largest U.S. transit station, Pennsylvania Station.
And these plans aren’t just big: they’re $3 billion kind of big. His end-goal for the expansion is to make Penn Station and the adjacent James A. Farley Post Office into a “world-class transportation hub.”
Improvements include ‘first-class amenities, natural light, increased train capacity and decreased congestion, and improved signage to dramatically enhance the travel experience,’ Travel Weekly
Governor Cuomo will also be implementing a $1 billion expansion of the New York Convention Center, the Jarvis Center. The Jarvis Center hosts over 6 million national and international conferences a year, bringing in tons of additional tourism revenue for the city.
The plans for the Jarvis center will be adding on 1.2 million more feet of event space with a 60,000 square foot ballroom.
With New York City already reigning as one of the country’s largest tourism hubs, I am excited to see what these developments will do and bring to the city.
Fred Dixon, CEO of NYC & Company, said:
“This robust plan to add more convention and meetings space capacity is welcoming news for the more than 6 million meetings delegates that convene in New York City each year. This addition will ensure NYC continues to lead in the convention and exhibition industry.”