New York City’s hotel industry celebrated a return to the spotlight on May 2 during the annual Red Carpet Hospitality Gala, hosted by the Hotel Association of New York City Foundation at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan. More than two years in the making, the event drew hundreds of attendees as the HANYC Foundation honored John Gore Organization President and Broadway League Chair Lauren Reid as well as Hilton Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Laura Fuentes. Loews Hotels Chairman and CEO Jonathan M. Tisch introduced the honorees.
A special performance by MJ The Musical wowed guests while highlighting the dual pillars of New York City’s critical tourism economy: hotels and Broadway. Proceeds from the event support the HANYC Foundation’s charitable goals, including ending human trafficking through the organization RestoreNYC.
“I’m delighted to stand with our hotel partners in celebrating the return of New York City tourism. Broadway and the city’s hotels are inextricably linked, and our combined success is crucial to the city’s economic vitality,” Reid said. “We look forward to further strides in welcoming visitors back to the greatest city in the world.”
The John Gore Organization has been instrumental in bringing the magic of Broadway to millions around the globe with productions spanning Broadway, off-Broadway, London’s West End, Japan and 48 markets in North America. The family of companies includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. Broadway Brands has been a leader in content and editorial coverage relied upon by those involved professionally with Broadway. Their impressive portfolio includes Broadway Briefing, Broadway News, Broadway Business and the Broadway Theater District website and app.
The HANYC Foundation seeks to advance issues of importance to New York’s vital hotel industry such as economic viability, sustainability and corporate and social responsibility through educational and crisis relief initiatives.