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The Key to New York City Hospitality!

Serving the Hotel Industry since 1878,  HANYC (Hotel Association of New York City)  is the oldest hotel association in the US and one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation . Its founders’ mission was to establish an association that would serve as the voice of the hotel industry, supporting its members with the highest standard of services and best available resources. Today the Hotel Association of New York City is an internationally recognized leader in New York City’s $5 billion tourism industry, representing  nearly 300 of the finest hotels with over 80,000 rooms and approximately 50,000 employees.

300 of the finest hotels

80,000 rooms

approximately 50,000 employees

In a city that serves as a global center for entertainment, media finance and culture, the hospitality industry plays a pivotal role. HANYC continues to anticipate the growing needs of its member hotels within New York City’s ever changing economic and political climate. The Association advocates on behalf of its members on a variety of legislative areas besides setting the standard for training, best practices and cooperative initiatives with a number of key New York City stakeholders. 

Labor/ Legal Counsel
Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP

Public Relations
LAK Public Relations

Fire Protection and Public Safety

Environment Protection

Legislative Representation

CMW Strategies LLC

International/National Involvement

"As the go-to source for New York’s hotel industry, HANYC is its proactive voice on all matters pertaining to hospitality. It advocates, educates, communicates and innovates to ensure the long term health and vitality of the industry. "
Vijay Dandapani
President and CEO of Hotel Association of New York City
President Letter

Vijay Dandapani

President and CEO

Fred Grapstein


Shane Cookman

Vice Chair

John Fitzpatrick


Steve Batta



Steve Batta

Senior Vice President Asset Management
Highgate Hotels

Richard Born 

BD Hotels

Derrick Carlo

Vice President of Labor Relations,
North & Central America
Accor Hotels

Kaizad Charna 

Area Managing Director
The Lexington New York

Shane Cookman 

Area General Manager
Fitzpatrick Hotel Group

Michael D'Angelo

Vice President, Labor Relations/Operations
Hyatt Hotels

Vijay Dandapani

President and CEO
Hotel Association of New York City

Joe Dembek

General Manager
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

Christine Devers 

Complex General Manager
Renaissance New York Times Square
W New York Times Square
W New York Union Square

Diarmuid Dwyer 

General Manager
New York Hilton Midtown

Christopher Elko

Area Director of Labor Relations, New York and New Jersey
Marriott Hotels

John Fitzpatrick

President and CEO
Fitzpatrick Hotel Group

Sam Grabush

Senior Vice President of Operations
Highgate Hotels

Fred Grapstein 

Executive Vice President
Vornado Realty Trust Hospitality Group

Boris Guerov

General Manager
Conrad New York Midtown

Becky Hubbard 

General Manager
Lotte New York Palace

Sam Ibrahim

General Manager
New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Robert Lafferty

SVP of Labor Relations and Labor Counsel
Highgate Hotels

Geoffrey Allan Mills

Regional Vice President
Hudson Hotel

Jaime Novikoff

Regional Vice President, HR
Aimbridge Hospitality

Matt Norman 

Executive Vice President of Human Resources
Denihan Hospitality Group

Ann Peterson

General Manager
The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel

Marlene Poynder

General Manager
Conrad New York Downtown

John Rieman

General Manager
JW Marriott Essex House

Joel Rosen

GFI Hospitality LLC

David Salcfas

General Manager
Algonquin Hotel Times Square, Autograph Collection

Joanna Sanchez

General Manager
W Hoboken

Merav Segev

Vice President of Operations
Highgate Hotels

Robert Snyder 

Tishman Hotel Corporation

Sofia Vandaele 

General Manager
Intercontinental New York Barclay

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