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Applications Open for “Meet in New York” Grants

By M+E Staff

Last November, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a comprehensive $450 million “Bring Back Tourism, Bring Back Jobs” recovery package to support New York’s hard-hit tourism sector. Part of that package is a $25 million “Meet in New York” grant program that focuses on venues and events that generate and support business-related travel. “This holistic approach to visitation recognizes the spending habits of business and convention travelers for overnight stays, food, and activities,” the governor’s press office noted.

Now, applications for the grant program are open. Qualifying venues and their partnering event hotels can offer meeting organizers discounts on booking fees or on room blocks to entice business, with grants reimbursing a portion of these discounts. The program is limited to new events that were not previously scheduled. Applicants must complete the required eligibility screening, and prequalified applicants will be sent a link to apply directly. Applications are due by Dec. 31, 2022. More information, including program guidelines, can be found at esd.ny.gov/meet-new-york-grant-program.

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