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New York58 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 66The city that never sleepsWith Meeting planners ClaiMing a 20% inCrease in delegate nUMbers at events When held in nyC, We look at What the City has to offer yoUr Meeting or ConferenCeew York City (NYC) is booming. In the last five years (2006-2011) the city that never sleeps has experienced the most rapid and successful hotel building boom on record. Notable hotel openings have included the Mondrian Soho, the Four Points by Sheraton and ZNYC Hotel. There are now in excess of 90,000 hotel rooms on offer in NYC, which is a 24 per cent increase in hotel stock since 2006.Meeting planner Angelie Bland from the independent sector told CMW how NYC is an ever-changing destination: "We are experiencing a new NYC that is very different to how it was a few years ago," she said.With this new hotel stock has come a more approachable destination for meetings, Bland told CMW. "Historically it was unapproachable for a lot of reasons, namely because it was expensive and busy, often being difficult to confirm dates for events. But now it is throwing its doors wide open," she said.Whether it's the pull of Central Park or Madison Square Gardens, the Statue of Liberty or Times Square, meeting planners have told CMW that when meetings come to NYC they see a rise in attendance. Julie Tate from the National Conference on Race Ethnicity said: "We know if we bring a conference to New York, we will see an average 20 per cent rise in attendance." Michael Kercehal from the International Council of Shopping Centres echoed this. "Worldwide attendance when we hold our events in New York is always outstanding," he said.According to NYC's official tourism and convention bureau, NYC and Company, meeting planners should chose the city to hold their events because it is "a popular destination with energy, diversity and things to do all year round". An NYC and Company spokesman said: "Attendees come early, stay late, bring spouses and enjoy doing business here. As a global transportation hub, we're easily accessible from around the world, so airfare is competitively priced and there are many reliable, inexpensive options available 24/7 to get around the city."NYC is the professional capital of the world in finance, media, retail, services, fashion, publishing, entertainment and other Words VIKKI CARLEYNbelow: grand Central station, Madison square gardens, Central park