New York surpasses 60 million visitors this year
For the seventh year in a row, Big Apple posted a new increase in tourist arrivals in 2016. Close to 60.3 million visitors came to the city that never sleeps".
NEW YORK CITY
New York City posts new growth in number of visitors. Last year 58.3 million visitors came to the five boroughs of the Big Apple (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island). This year that figure broke a new record with some 60.3 million this year. Most of these visitors are American (47.6 million), international travelers, meanwhile, amounted to 12.65 million (including 6.15 million participating in conventions and seminars). This year, one million Chinese visitors (mostly under 35) traveled to New York, boosting the former figure and higher than the number of Brazilan and Canadian visitors. By 2022, this clientele should even surpass the number of British visitors, according to The New York Times.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared: "Not only has 2016 brought the largest number of visitors in New York City history, but it also caps off seven years of strong tourism growth and 15,000 more jobs for New Yorkers.” He also added: "More tourism means we have more people investing in New York City and are able to create more sustainable jobs for more people. New York is a culturally rich and diverse city, with so much to offer those who visit."
In terms of hotels, demand grew by 1.2 million in 2016, generating record figures of 34.9 million nights sold at the end of the year. The city should also add 24,000 new rooms by the end of 2019; it currently has 111,000 hotel rooms. The city estimates that the sector contributed one billion dollars to the economy this year.