Join us on Friday, June 15, 10am, at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, to kick off the Expo with a keynote address by Marty Markowitz, vice president of borough promotion and engagement at NYC & Co., a forum on “Exploring The World of Tomorrow: The Future of Tourism in Flushing, Queens,” moderated by Rob Mackay of the Queens Tourism Council, and a showcase of local businesses and cultural venues as well as government agencies available to help small business owners
Friday afternoon will also be filled with workshops on marketing, tourism, video and social media for small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the growing market for authentic experiences and unique products and services – ranging from Taiwanese tea tastings to delicious South Indian dosas served up at the Ganesh Temple – found in Flushing, Queens, the fourth largest commercial district in New York.
The weekend’s programming also features several walking tours of Flushing including an exploration of historic sites led by Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, the Queens Borough Historian, and a tour of the neighborhood’s diverse and delicious cuisine led by Joe DiStefano, Queens-based food writer and author of “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss.”
The Expo will also launch the first “Passport to Flushing” weekend promotion with special discounts provided by some of the area’s best local restaurants, cultural venues, and retailers. Passports will be distributed to visitors to the neighborhood that weekend as well as participating venues. Visitors access the special discounts bringing their Passport and getting it stamped at participating restaurants and venues
The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, AAFE, and SBS expect the weekend Expo, Passport, and other programming to draw some 500 visitors to Flushing to experience the neighborhood’s world-class restaurants, cultural venues, and hotels and learn why Flushing is not only the most diverse neighborhood in the World’s Borough, but a growing destination for both international tourists and cutting-edge global businesses.
The “Flushing’s World Fair” expo is funded by SBS’ Neighborhood 360° Program, which was created by SBS to identify, develop, and launch commercial revitalization projects in partnership with local stakeholders. Through this program, the Chamber and AAFE launched a three-year district marketing campaign called Flushing Fantastic. The Expo celebrates the end of the first year of Flushing Fantastic.