February half-term is the peak time for travel to New York. As part of our commitment to customer service we sent members of our team to the Big Apple to be on hand to troubleshoot and support our groups on arrival and during their stay.
Having representation on the ground during this peak travel time has been really well-received by our groups who appreciate a friendly face and to offer that extra bit of a back up and support in addition to our 24/7 help-line. It also part of our on-going team development, regularly ensuring members of our team travel to our destinations to pick-up all those insider tips!
This year Laura and Amelia were the lucky ones, see their blog and photos below:
Taking advantage of the February half term rush Amelia and Laura embarked on a whistle-stop tour of New York, to gain a little bit of insight on one of our top destinations for group travel. Having never been to New York, Amelia was amazed by the sheer size of the city, which is impressive to behold and always buzzing with activity, particularly at night when walking along Time Square!
First stop on the itinerary was a visit to the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island Museum; the statue cruise is an absolute must to get that iconic photoshoot with Lady Liberty, and the Museum itself was absolutely fascinating, a perfect visit for those wanting to learn more about the ‘melting pot’ history of the USA. Insider tip: go early to avoid the queues!
In search of the best views of the city skyline, they visited both Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building; if doing both we recommend one during the day and the other at night, to really capture both sides of the city. The Empire State Building in particular was a definite highlight of the trip (though make sure to wrap up warm, the air is brisk up there!!)
The girls visited a couple of our favourite restaurants to get a feel for the dining options in New York, including Bubba Gumps, Hard Rock Café, Bucca di Beppo and Ellen’s Stardust Diner. Hard Rock Café offered great food and lots of fun, and we would definitely recommend Ellen’s particularly for Performing Arts groups, as it’s like dinner and a show rolled into one!