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Historic Shopping & Dining Attractions Offers Group-Friendly and FIT Programs for the International Traveler

July 24, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Historic Shopping & Dining Attractions (HSDA) includes three of the top destinations and four “must see” attractions in the U.S. for domestic and international travelers including South Street Seaport and the Museum of the City of New York in New York City, Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston and Union Station DC in the nation’s capital.

“Our goal is to provide the tour operator with a new product they can sell that includes the top two activities of the international traveler, shopping and dining. Packaged with the rich history that each project brings to the brand, the traveler will be able to see and do everything they desire in one main attraction in each city,” explained Carolyn J. Feimster, SCMD, Travel and Tourism Manager for the three properties. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Commerce research proves that the cultural traveler stays longer in a destination and spends more money than the non-cultural traveler, so it makes sense to align these similar, historically significant projects together.

“These attractions are so parallel in what they have to offer…unique shopping, fabulous dining, free entertainment and interesting exhibits, yet they each communicate a very different aspect of our important heritage in America,” said Feimster. She added, “It is important to continue to embrace and promote the history that each of the properties offer.”

“All four attractions offer a vast array of experiences for group and FIT travel. We also offer a lot of flexibility in our programs so that we can accommodate custom requests we receive from the travel trade,” explained Feimster.

The Seaport just launched SEE/CHANGE, an innovative new summer series that includes a diverse array of new retail, culinary and cultural events in conjunction with New York-centric activities that locals and visitors have come to enjoy each year. The series is in the historic cobblestone area and is part of the Seaport District’s ongoing revitalization efforts to recover from Superstorm Sandy and as a precursor to the coming of the new South Street Seaport. For more information, visit

Two of the three HSDA attractions, South Street Seaport and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, have partnered with Shop America Tours and launched commissionable Shop and Play Packages called, “Shop, Explore, Taste and Play”. These can be found on

Additionally, both Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Union Station DC offer pre-paid commissionable food court dining vouchers that are perfect for the group travel business. This gives the traveler a vast selection of meals from a variety of food court vendors.

Each property welcomes visitors and offers a host of group-friendly and FIT programs, including:**

  • Welcome Packet of discounts and incentives – Travelers can enjoy discounts and special incentives from many of the stores and restaurants.
  • Year-round shopping packages are available with select area hotels.
  • Downloadable vouchers are available and are redeemable for the Welcome Packet.

For group travel, the properties offer the following programs:

  • Meet & Greet Programs with special incentives, discounts and activities from select retailers and restaurants, including a Welcome Packet.
  • Pre-arranged Spouse Programs for meetings and conventions.
  • Guided Tours upon request.
  • Welcome Bags prepared for convention and meeting delegates.
  • All the properties offer unique features and activities such as museums, the Freedom Trail, production studio with tours, water activities and much more.
  • Private event and meeting space, including space for receptions.
  • Private lunch, dinner and cocktail functions with all-inclusive group menus (available upon request).
  • Some properties offer pre-paid commissionable Food Court Dining Vouchers. Plus, some properties offer a “Top Purchasers Reward Program”.
  • Downloadable shopping and dining vouchers.
  • Easy motorcoach parking.
  • Marketing support materials such as images, logo and text for your printed and on-line brochures.
  • Reservation agent seminars and training plus agent incentive programs such as sweepstakes.
  • FAM tour assistance.

**Not every property offers every program.

Description of the HSDA Properties:

New York City was first settled in downtown Manhattan and was established as the fishing mecca of the world. The Seaport and Pier 17 have a rich and diverse history as profound to New York City as Wall Street, Central Park or Times Square. This cultural marketplace along the dynamic Lower Manhattan waterfront is a gateway to the harbor. Diverse year-round events are easily accessible by subway, car, ferry or bus. Concerts, street performers, boating, bike rentals, a farmers market, summer beach and winter celebrations join the many unique shopping and dining opportunities to offer the traveler a complete

Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Ongoing exhibitions include Activist New York, which explores the drama of social activism in NYC from the 17th century right to the present, and Timescapes, a 22-minute multi-media experience tracing the growth of NYC. An array of special exhibitions is also on view.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, MA, was the home of many of our forefathers who set the country on the course it is today. It is the seat of American history and the site of one of America’s most famous shopping and dining experiences. For over 250 years the marketplace has played an integral role in the life of Boston’s residents. To see, taste, and touch the true Boston experience, travelers will want to visit the historic and exciting Faneuil Hall Marketplace featuring daily entertainment by world renowned street performers, over 75 local and national retailers, 14 full-service restaurants and the world renowned Quincy Market Colonnade, the largest food hall in New England.

Union Station DC opened in 1902 and completed in 1908 is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture. Architect Daniel Burnham designed the building to be monumental in every respect and to serve as a gateway for the capital city. At the time this was built, the Station covered more ground than any other building in the U.S. and was the largest train station in the world. Union Station brought to the nation’s capital a new grandeur that began Washington’s monumental transformation. Now it is home to numerous shops and restaurants as well as a thriving train station.

International visitors love to shop! And, they love unique dining experiences where they have lots of choices. These properties offer all of that, plus cultural experiences, historic perspective, entertainment and more. For store and restaurant listings, a complete schedule of activities throughout the year, hours and directions, please log onto,, and

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