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BROOKLYN FEBRUARY/MARCH 2016 • Vol 98, Issue 1


welcome to brooklyn! Chamber Partners with BP Adams on Revamped Brooklyn Tourism Visitors Center and Gift Shop


n February 3rd, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Carlo A. Scissura and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams unveiled a partnership, along with One Brooklyn Fund Inc. – the official non-profit organization affiliated with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President – on a revamped Brooklyn Tourism Visitors Center and Gift Shop, an interactive information hub located in Brooklyn Borough Hall that provides tourists with guidance on what to do and see in the borough. First opened by former Brooklyn Borough

President Marty Markowitz, the office has been updated with iPad stations that provide a high-tech point-of-sale system for the gift shop as well as visitor access to ExploreBK. com, the borough’s dedicated tourism website. Through the partnership, the Brooklyn Tourism and Visitor Center will also serve as the physical home for Explore Brooklyn, helping to generate and share content on dining, lodging, recreation, and shopping options across the borough. Additionally, the Brooklyn Chamber is working with its members to stock the center with Brooklyn-Made

products to help promote local artisans and small businesses. Brooklyn Chamber President Scissura and Borough President Adams highlighted the importance of ensuring Brooklyn fully benefits from the recent boom in tourism; an estimated 15 million people visited the borough in 2014 alone. “Brooklyn is one of the world’s most iconic places, and in recent years, it has become a destination for millions of international and domestic visitors alike,” said Scissura. “With the opening of our new, state-of-the-art Explore Brooklyn Visitors Center, the Chamber

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and Borough President Eric Adams will ensure that tourists enjoy an authentic Brooklyn experience and take advantage of everything the borough has to offer. Through the Visitors Center, each neighborhood across Brooklyn – from Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay to Crown Heights and Brownsville – will be promoted to tourists, so they spend their time and money in our businesses. I’m thrilled to partner with the Borough President to create this new home for Brooklyn tourism.” Continued on Page 18

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