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by Fred Dixon | September 8, 2016

Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & CompanyAs we approach the 15th anniversary of 9/11, we in New York and the entire nation reflect back on how far we’ve come since that tragic day. One of the greatest stories of the recovery is the rebirth of Lower Manhattan. It emphasizes the strength, courage and motivation of our city to rebuild, all while remembering those we lost in the attacks.

Over the last several years, New York City has experienced unprecedented new development, and Lower Manhattan in particular has gone through an incredible transformation with world-class additions in hotels, restaurants, attractions and infrastructure that breathe fresh life into the area. We are excited to share highlights of the “new” city, with downtown as its cornerstone, with audiences around the world.

Indeed, levels of both leisure and business travel continue to reach record highs in the city. Meeting attendees have even more flexible options downtown now thanks to brand-new hotels and meeting spaces, as at the recently opened 287-room The Beekman, a Thompson hotel, and the 189-room Four Seasons New York Downtown, opening later this month. The all-suite 463-room Conrad New York and all-suite 132-room AKA Wall Street provide business travelers with the comforts of home during extended business stays.

The World Trade Center complex has become a new, vibrant space for the thousands of people who work, visit and live in the area. As the tallest building in the Western hemisphere at 1,776 feet, One World Trade Center is home to One World Observatory, where visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the city’s skyline from a three-floor indoor observation deck. Below the beautiful Santiago Calatrava-designed Oculus is the Westfield World Trade Center shopping complex. This complex is home to more than 140 retailers and the new Italian marketplace Eataly NYC Downtown, located in 4 World Trade Center.

Just across the street at the World Financial Center is Brookfield Place, a high-end shopping destination that opened in spring 2015, featuring a French marketplace called Le District and several name-brand stores including Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue, which opens later this month. The area’s dining scene will also see new entries from celebrity and world-renowned chefs, including CUT, Wolfgang Puck’s first NYC restaurant, which will be at the Four Seasons New York Downtown, and Fowler and Wells from Tom Colicchio at The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel.

When it comes to getting around town, the reconstructed World Trade Center Transportation Hub, completed in early May, connects travelers with 11 subway lines, PATH trains to New Jersey, the Fulton Center transportation hub, the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal and the entire World Trade Center complex. Thanks to these improvements, the neighborhood is easily accessible for attendees, making Lower Manhattan an attractive option for those looking to host their next meeting or convention in the city.

The rebirth of Lower Manhattan is a remarkable achievement and a great source of pride for our community. The area is a more attractive destination than ever for business and leisure travelers, and we invite everyone to see it for themselves.

Fred Dixon is the president and CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization. For more information, visit nycgo.com.