Website a big hit with cultured travellers

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29 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam-based online museum portal has built up 800,000 hits since it went live in mid July.

29 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam-based online museum portal has built up 800,000 hits since it went live in mid July.


US Consulate General Michelle Bond

"That means that we run over 10,000 to 12,000 hits per day, indicating the site has already been recognised as a valuable source of cultural information for international travellers," Director of Sales and New Business Development Sean Valerio said on Tuesday.

The newyorkamsterdam website is run by company 'The Tube' and had its official launch party in the College Hotel in late November.

One of the speakers was US Consulate General Michelle Bond, who said "I've bookmarked it already. It's the sort of site that's ideal, certainly for someone like me, both professionally and personally. It's the sort of place that I can go to see what's new. I don't want to read it in the papers tomorrow, I want to know about it today so I can go and join in if I want".

The goal of is to benefit art-lovers, artists, travellers and local businesses by stimulating commerce and communication, Valerio said.

"The two cities share a historical and cultural context, which has contributed to the development of both as international capitals of business, art and culture," he said.

"There is a  large expatriate community within the Netherlands, and New York draws the most European tourists over any other city in the Americas. Now, for the first time New York City and Amsterdam are together on-line."

 The site showcases over 60 New York City and 45 Amsterdam museums, historical areas, and cultural sites, including the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Whitney Museum and the New York Botanical Gardens. The site has detailed information on each museum exhibit and a timely calendar of events for people travelling to New York or Amsterdam.

Another function outlines the "new and cool places" to visit in between touring the museum exhibitions.

Asked about the next cool places for The Tube, Valerio has no hesitation: and The choice of the fourth city will surprise some people, Valerio said as he declined to name it at this stage.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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