Leadership in Tourism Awards Gala Recap
On December 9th, the NYC Cultural Tourism Foundation held it’s ninth annual fund-raising gala. The Leadership in Tourism Awards dinner, honored The New York Yankees and New York Mets for their contributions to tourism and the City’s economy which was bolstered by the opening of the two new Major League ballparks.
As I approached luxurious Plaza Hotel, I noticed that all along of 57th street were black SUVs and limousines and barricades; I thought to myself: “wow this is going to be some party,” but was quickly disappointed when I saw that the “It’s Complicated” movie premiere was taking place at The Paris Theater. I was slightly tempted to stop and see the hoopla but opted to continue in route to my original destination.
Walking up the steps to the Plaza is so magical, I think it has something to do with the bright lights and the red carpet, you just can’t help but to feel like a star. Feeling super important, I entered the lobby and proceeded to where cocktail reception was taking place. The room was beautifully decorated with several small table clothe covered tables, a full bar and white glove service. There was no shortage of hors o’d’oeuvres and the servers made sure that no one went hungry. I swear it was maybe two minutes would go by before someone else was shoving a platter in your face, but it was done with such elegance that no one seemed to mind.
While the likes of A-Rod or Jeter were not in attendance Mayor Bloomberg was and I was surrounded by some of the most influential and prominent figures in New York City Culture. Everyone was decked out in black, sipping white wine and greeting each other as long time friends. And I don’t know if it was the beautiful scenery or the tranquil music that made all time seem to stand still. The room filled quickly and the noise level rose but the party was still a bit dull. But when you are at the Plaza, things are never dull.
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