Like A Local Tours part of NYC & Co + Australian Travel Trade Mission

October 30, 2015 by eGlobal Travel Media: NYC & Company, in partnership with Air Canada, recently hosted four product managers from Venture Holidays, Qantas Holidays, STA Travel, The Travel Corporation and a representative from Air Canada, as part of its trade educational program, from October 11-16.  

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Air Canada Lounge Product Mngrs Kristin Hellmrich, Jacqui Browne Creative Holidays, Alysha Hughes Qantas Holidays, Hien Tran STA, Pauline O’Connell Venture Holidays, Zohreh Sanayei Air Canada Oct 15

The itinerary was designed to provide a New York City update featuring new attractions, tours and hotels, which have populated the city’s landscape over the past 12 months.

New Trade Manager at NYC & Company, Kristin Hellmrich said, “Air Canada was the ideal partner as the airline has recently opened a new route to New York City via Vancouver complimenting the ‘new’ New York theming.  It’s an exciting time to visit the city,” she said.

Air Canada’s daily non-stop B777-200 flights from Sydney to Vancouver seamlessly connect with its direct flights to Newark Liberty International Airport, providing travellers with a comfortable and efficient way to reach New York. In addition, the airline operates to LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport from its global hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

“One of the many advantages of flying with Air Canada is that our passengers can effortlessly clear US Customs in Vancouver or Toronto, ensuring a hassle-free start to an unforgettable holiday,” says Air Canada General Manager Australia and New Zealand Paul McLean.

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The group experienced the newly opened Whitney Museum of American Art, enjoyed Finding Neverland on Broadway and took a behind the scenes tour of Disney on Broadway with Walks of New York, which also guided the group through the 911 Museum and Memorial and up to the new One World Observatory.

The Product Managers were hosted at the recently refurbished Loew’s Regency and the Roosevelt Hotel and were able to explore the newly opened New York EDITION hotel.

From cycling through Central Park with Bike and Roll to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to rambling through cobblestone streets in DUMBO with BQE Tours and discovering the Brooklyn Museum, followed by a walk along the High Line’s new extension, the group was able to explore a number of the City’s boroughs and neighbourhoods.

Like a Local tours provided the inside scoop on the foodie scene around the Flatiron District while the Hilton hosted the group in sub-zero conditions at its minus5 ice bar.  The Product Managers enjoyed breakfast at Norma’s at Le Parker Meridian as well as supper at The Surrey Hotel.

Become a NYC Specialist by completing the online training and receive a NYC Trade Pass, providing entry to many of the iconic NYC attractions.  Go to

Brooklyn Museum L-R Zohreh Sanayei Air Canada, Pauline O'Connell Venture Holidays, Jacqui Browne Creative Holidays, Kristin Hellmrich NYC&Company, Alysha Hughes Qantas Holidays, Hien Tran STA,

Brooklyn Museum L-R Zohreh Sanayei Air Canada, Pauline O’Connell Venture Holidays, Jacqui Browne Creative Holidays, Kristin Hellmrich NYC&Company, Alysha Hughes Qantas Holidays, Hien Tran STA

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