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April 30, 2023 12:41 PM 


As the city’s vital hotel industry struggles to fully recover from the pandemic, it can do with all the public support it can muster. So Mayor Eric Adams’ opening remarks Monday at the Hotel Association of New York City Foundation “red carpet hospitality gala” at the Pierre will be closely followed.


Adams is expected to discuss Big Apple tourism which has rebounded strongly but is still short of pre-pandemic levels. Hotel occupancy rates remain below what they were in 2019.


The gala is co-chaired by HANYC president Vijay Dandapani and chair Fred Grapstein and HANYC Foundation chair Heather Davis. Honorees include Arash Azarbarzin, CEO of Highgate which will open the new Kimpton Hotel Theta in the theater district this fall as part of the IHG Hotels & Resorts portfolio.