Tips for Business Travelers Attending Conventions in NYC
Major convention cities like New York City attract thousands of businesspeople in need of transportation not only to the event itself, but also to restaurants and nightspots. Whether you live in NYC or can travel there to take advantage of the biggest conventions of the year, the heightened demand for Uber service can boost your earnings.
Making the most of convention business requires some strategic planning. Here are a few tips for getting your share of convention-goers’ transportation dollars.
Know Your Venues
In New York City, the Jacobs K. Javits Convention Center (655 W. 34th St.) is the big enchilada for conventions and trade shows. With nearly 850,000 square feet of exhibit space, Javits is one of the busiest convention centers in the country. But there are many other locations in the city that likewise accommodate conventions, trade shows, and business meetings. These include Piers 92/94 (711 12th Ave.), Madison Square Garden (4 Pennsylvania Plaza) as well as numerous hotels with ample event/exhibit space such as the Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway) and the New York Hilton Midtown (1335 Avenue of the Americas).
Venture Outside NYC
You may want to target some of the convention venues within easy driving distance of New York City. One such venue is the Meadowlands Exposition Center (355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ), which has 61,000 square feet of exhibit space to accommodate some nice-sized conventions and trade shows. A good strategy is to position yourself near the convention center area just as exhibit hours are ending. Many convention-goers will be eager to try the nightlife that Manhattan has to offer, giving you the opportunity to land a fare into the city upwards of $30 or $35.
Do Your Homework
Maximize your earnings from conventions by identifying your best opportunities upfront. A good resource is the Javits Center website, which has a list of upcoming events. Click on the links of the various conventions and trade shows, which will give you valuable information, such as dates, hours, and host hotels. This will allow you to position yourself in the right place at the right time for convention-going fares. Other resources that have useful convention information include the Meetings & Conventions website and Must-See New York’s Convention Guide.
Leverage Special Deals
Recognizing the value of convention business, Uber often partners with organizations to offer a free ride or discount to or from their convention locations. Many convention organizers draw attention to this offer by publicizing it on their websites. If such an offer is available, leverage the additional earnings potential by being available during these events.
Dive Into the uberPOOL
One nice thing about convention-goers—there are hundreds of them headed to the same place at the same time. That’s a great opportunity to reap the benefits of uberPOOL, which allow you to match up to three riders going the same direction. It’s the proverbial win/win: Your passengers get a more economical ride while you earn more dollars per trip.
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