Tourism Could Be Hurting Long After Any Transit Strike Ends
12/15/2002 03:01 PM
A transit strike has the potential to cripple New York City for days, but the negative effects could linger long after the union returns to work.
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“The message that this would send around the country is that New York City tolerates strikes,” said Christyne Lategano Nicholas, president of NYC & Company, the city’s official tourist board. “That’s really dangerous, because you have conventions and groups thinking of coming here. Some tourists are even thinking of leaving early now. That has long-term effects. Keep in mind that tourism is a $$25 billion industry.”
Nicholas estimates a strike could impact city tourism by as much as $$80 million a day. For the many retail businesses that that make up to 40 percent of their annual sales during the holiday rush, a strike would be crippling, she says.
The fear of a strike has also threatened future bookings, she says.
The union representing the city’s subway and bus workers has threatened to call a strike at midnight Monday if its contract expires without a new deal.
To help combat a possible downturn in tourism, NYC & Company has launched another edition of "Paint the Town,” a program that offers tourists and even native New Yorkers discounts around the city. Go to www.nycvisit.com for more information.