GROUP SALES MANAGER
Cynthia brings to her position as Group Sales Manager over 30 years of experience across the hospitality and travel industries. The culmination of her experience as Marketing Manager in the President’s office at American Express focusing on developing marketing strategies for travel destinations in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Central & Eastern Europe: Sales & Marketing Director for a NYC flagship restaurant of a nation-wide restaurant group and an iconic 80-year-old NYC restaurant; as well as a wedding consultant in all levels of planning; provides a clear understanding of our clients’ needs. Creating a customized program for a client is a creative outlet for Cynthia and not just a job.
Cynthia was the first baby of the New Year (year withheld) for Hudson County, NJ, where she was raised. A cross-country trip in a VW camper van brought her to move to Boulder, CO, for four years and she now resides in West Harlem in a restored Brownstone building. She has stepped foot on every continent except Antarctica and been through at least 2/3 of the United States, and her love for travel continues to grow. In her spare time, Cynthia seeks a creative outlet and designs jewelry and other beaded creations, up-cycles old furniture, and loves to sew (quilts in particular), as well as yoga, baking (cheesecake is her specialty), and going to the theater with her grown son, a Fordham graduate, sommelier and wine and beverage director for a nation-wide restaurant group.
More about Cynthia
Most Recent Trip: Australia, New Zealand & Tahiti
Favorite Trip Experience: Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute and Thermal Valley, wine tasting on Waiheke Island at Stonyridge Vineyard (New Zealand). The Blue Mountains and taking the scenic railway (the steepest passenger railway in the world) and climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge (Australia). The food truck scene for dinner and getting a tattoo (Tahiti)
Next trip: Italy, hopefully for a month!
Dream Destination: New Year’s Eve in Iceland. It is apparently the best party in the world. My birthday is New Year’s Day, so it would be an incredible way to celebrate.
What you never travel without: My essential oils, portable cell phone battery chargers (I take a lot of pictures!), travel journal, a sewing kit my son gave me that he bought from Santa’s Workshop at school when he was seven. It’s become a superstition now since it has been everywhere I’ve traveled.
Top 5 things to do in NYC:
- Broadway Theater
- See the City from above – One World Observatory is my favorite There is something from the moment you get online until you reach the top.
- Explore Central Park
- See a Rockettes’ performance
- Walk the High Line Park
Favorite NYC Neighborhood: Meatpacking District
Favorite attraction/landmark/building: Chrysler Building
Favorite Hidden Gem: Graffiti/street art finds throughout the city
Favorite food/restaurant: My favorite food is pizza. My go-to restaurant is Fig & Olive in the Meatpacking District.
Best thing to do in NYC on a rainy day: See a Broadway show or visit a museum.
Best thing to do in NYC on a snowy day: Walk in Central Park.
Tip for people travelling to NYC for the first time: Eat like a local and not at a venue you can visit at home. The food scene in NYC is amazing and representative of the melting pot NYC is. Get out of Times Square and explore other neighborhoods.
Do not leave New York without…: seeing a Broadway show.
Something people don’t know about NYC: NYC is so populated that if you took the entire world’s population and stacked them the way NYers live, everyone would fit in the state of Texas.
Favorite Travel Quote: I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list!