The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Asian Americans for Equality and the city’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) announced last Friday that they will host the three-day expo from June 15 to 17 at Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel.
The expo marks the end of the first year of Flushing Fantastic, a three-year district marketing campaign funded by SBS to promote the neighborhood.
“Strong neighborhoods are the backbone of our city,” SBS Commissioner Gregg Bishop said in a statement. “The $1.55 million in investments to Flushing is going a long way towards revitalizing key commercial corridors.”
Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, now vice president of borough promotion and engagement at NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing and tourism organization, will deliver the keynote address.
The speech will be followed by a forum called “Exploring the World of Tomorrow: The Future of Tourism in Flushing Queens,” hosted by Queens Tourism Council’s Rob MacKay. The expo will also showcase local businesses, cultural venues and government agencies.
Throughout the expo, experts will host workshops on tourism and social media for small business owners. Dr. Jack Eichenbaum, the borough’s own historian, will give walking tours of Flushing and explore historic sites.
Joe DiStefano, a food writer who authored the book “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss,” will also give a tour of the neighborhood’s diverse cuisine.
“Flushing businesses offer an incredibly rich and diverse mix of culture from around the globe in one convenient location,” said Doris Koo, interim executive director of AAFE. “We want to share this jewel of the city with the rest of the world and give local businesses the support they need to tell their engaging stories.”
At Flushing’s World Fair, the organizations will also launch the first “Passport to Flushing,” which will contain special discounts to some of the area’s most popular restaurants, venues and retailers. Visitors can use the passport by getting it stamped at participating locations.
Organizers expect the expo to draw close to 500 visitors to Flushing that weekend.
“Whether you’re looking for delicious food, meaningful history or world-class shopping, Flushing has something for everyone,” said Councilman Peter Koo. “We also invite those who already know us to rediscover Flushing and explore a neighborhood that is constantly evolving.”